Avocado Chicken Salad with crisp red onion, sweet corn, and drizzled with a tangy lime dressing. Layered with flavor for a refreshing lunch or dinner!

A twist on my classic chicken salad recipe, it’s avocado salad meets healthy chicken salad.

Avocado chicken salad in a glass bowl with wooden spoon.

Avocado chicken salad is everything you love about guacamole, toss in tender chicken and fresh vegetables and you have a colorful salad recipe the entire family will love!

This amazing no-mayo chicken avocado salad is a delightful change to our regular salad rotation. Similar to avocado egg salad and avocado tuna salad, it’s great in sandwiches, wraps, or on its own.

Another favorite healthy salad is Thai chicken salad. Sweet, savory, and spicy, I love this chicken salad recipe folded in a lettuce wrap and make it year round.

Ingredients for Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado chicken salad is easy to make with a handful of simple ingredients and one bowl.

Chicken breasts, corn, cilantro, red onion, lime, oil, avocado, salt and pepper.
  • Cooked chicken breasts: I used leftover grilled chicken breast. You can use oven baked chicken breast, pan fried chicken breast, chicken breast in Instant Pot. Leftover rotisserie chicken or air fryer chicken breast work great too.
  • Diced avocado: Adds creaminess without using mayo or a heavy dressing. Choose ripe avocados that are dark green and a bit soft to touch.
  • Corn: Brings sweetness to chicken salad with avocado. Fresh corn is more flavorful and great during summer months. In colder months, I use frozen corn.
  • Red onion: Finely chopped adds a nice bite.
  • Fresh cilantro: A popular pairing with avocado but you can also use fresh parsley.
  • Olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper: Make a light and flavorful healthy salad dressing. Fresh lime juice is best but you can use bottled in a pinch.

How to Make Avocado Chicken Salad

Make avocado chicken salad recipe in 4 simple steps, 15 minutes, and one bowl.

Here’s a quick overview, there is a full recipe card below.

How to chop chicken breast and make avocado chicken salad step by step process.
  • Cube chicken: Cut your cooked chicken into bite-size pieces.
  • Combine all ingredients: Add chicken, avocado, corn, red onion, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper to a large bowl.
  • Stir: Gently stir to avoid mashing the avocados. Adjust any seasonings to taste and carefully mix once more.
  • Serve: Chicken avocado salad is an easy, healthy lunch or dinner best served fresh.

How to Pick Ripe Avocados?

Perfectly ripe avocados will really make this avocado chicken salad shine. Here are my top tips for picking ripe avocados.

  • Gently squeeze: They should give a little when you gently squeeze them. Stay away from ones that are rock hard or gives way too easily.
  • Check the stem: Looking under the little stem “nub”, can tell you the ripeness of the fruit. If it’s hard to pull off, the avocado is unripe. If it’s browning under the stem, it is overripe and likely has brown spots. If it comes off easily and is green beneath, your avocado is ripe!
  • The color: Generally an avocado is ripe when the outside is dark and has a few specks of green. This is not the best method because there are different varieties of avocado with different coloring, in general and underripe avocado will be very green, and overripe are completely dark with wrinkles.
Chicken avocado salad in black bowl with golden fork.

Tips for Best Results and Variations

Don’t you love how incredibly versatile salads recipes are?! Even if you make your favorite over and over, there’s always fun ways to mix it up.

Here are a few add-ins for this easy avocado chicken salad.

Mash avocados instead of dicing: This is great if you want to serve it as a dip with your favorite crackers. I recommend mashing the avocado together with some lime juice, salt and pepper, then stir in remaining ingredients.

Use what you have on hand: Depending on the season and what’s in your kitchen, try adding:

  • Orzo pasta for a more hearty dish
  • Diced cucumber
  • Cherry tomatoes
  • Chopped hard boiled eggs
  • Pickles or celery for crunch
  • Add hot sauce for a little kick of heat

Serving Suggestions for Chicken Salad with Avocado

Chicken salads are one of my boys’ most requested recipes. They’re delicious, a quick dinner option, and picnic favorite.

Serve avocado chicken salad on its own for a simple healthy meal.

Make it into a sandwich by spreading between almond flour bread or rolled in a wrap. You can also spread it on a toasted piece of bread or crostini.

Keep it low carb with a side of veggies, or added to a lettuce wrap.

Does Chicken Avocado Salad Turn Brown?

It will turn brown after a day or two but it won’t be too bad. There are few things you can try to keep this salad from browning, especially if you plan to make ahead.

  • Add avocado last: Prep and combine the chicken, red onion, corn, and cilantro. Add diced avocado, oil, and lime juice when you are ready to serve.
  • Add more lime juice: This won’t prevent browning but will slow it down.

How to Store

Store: Keep the air out by placing leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

Freeze: I have not tried freezing this salad, but I have used frozen avocado in other recipes.

You could try freezing it in an airtight container for up to 3 months. To thaw, place it in the fridge overnight.

More Salad Recipes to Try

Chicken salad with avocado, corn, cilantro and red onion in black bowl and crackers and lime on a counter.
Avocado chicken salad in a glass bowl with wooden spoon.

Avocado Chicken Salad

Avocado Chicken Salad with crisp red onion, sweet corn, and drizzled with a tangy lime dressing. Ready in 15 minutes!
5 from 4 votes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 263
Diet Gluten Free
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes



  • In a large bowl, add chicken, avocado, corn, red onion, cilantro, olive oil, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  • Stir gently to combine and adjust any seasonings to taste.
  • Serve cold right away.


I used grilled chicken breast, so didn’t have to add a lot of salt. Adjust based on what chicken you use.
Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 2 days. Salad does turn a bit brown on day 1 and more brown on day 2 but not that bad.
Freeze: I think you can freeze this salad in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw in the fridge overnight.


Calories: 263kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 49mg | Sodium: 242mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 2g
Course: Salad
Cuisine: North American
Author: Olena Osipov
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  1. 5 stars
    I made this recipe as is yesterday as written… with one exception – I used left over rotisserie chicken. It was as good as I imagined it to be – so much so that I ate the entire salad by myself!! I might add a tomato or red bell pepper in next time, too. I’ve made other salad recipes of yours and this was no exception of not being delicious!! I plan on making your mango, black bean salad next – bought it especially to use in that recipe!

    I still LOVE all your recipes which I have made in the past and CONTINUE to make over and over again! I love eating healthy & I can always turn to your website to find something enticing to make!!

    FYI: The photo of this recipe made me want to make this… knowing it would be good anyway. We eat with our eyes first… I could almost taste it… photo made me want to make it!!

    1. Hi Tricia. So happy to hear you are enjoying my recipes that much! Fun fact – I ate this salad over the weekend by myself too because everyone was gone and I loved this salad so much and it had to be eaten! Photos are everything, I agree. Have a great weekend!

  2. 5 stars
    This salad is perfect in every way. The corn adds a nice crunch and the red onion adds so much flavor !!! I love the creaminess that the avocado provides and the bit of tartness from the lime juice. The salad is so well balanced !
    I served it as a light dinner and will I am sure that I will be making it often!

    Thank you Olena for another fabulous recipe !

    1. Please don’t be shy to leave me a comment with a star review once you make any recipe. Have a great week!

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