Avocado Chicken Salad

Creamy chunks of avocado are combined with tender pieces of chicken in a fresh and slightly spicy dressing to make this Avocado Chicken Salad.

Avocado enthusiasts will love this dish but even if you’re not wild about the creamy green fruit, I encourage you to give this recipe a try. My family hasn’t always loved avocados, but they went crazy over this chicken salad recipe.

Avocado Chicken Salad

After my boys decided they loved guacamole a few years ago, the Roasted Garlic and Bacon Guacamole and the Pomegranate Guacamole have been on regular rotation.

(Side note, don’t knock that Pomegranate Guacamole until you’ve tried it, my friends. It’s incredible!)

We almost always have avocados in the house these days, because I buy as many as possible every time they’re on sale. I do my best to use them before they are overly ripe, but occasionally we wind up with several ripe avocados that need to be used asap.

There are worse problems to have than an overabundance of avocados, right? Whenever this happens, I take the opportunity to do what I do best: have some fun getting creative in the kitchen.

This Avocado Chicken Salad was the fortunate result of having a few too many avocados in the house along with a rotisserie chicken that was begging to be made into a salad for sandwiches.

When we tried Avocado Chicken Salad for the first time, we couldn’t believe how great it turned out! 

Everyone in my family opted to eat their chicken salad in a different way, so we can vouch that it’s delicious however you consume it.

My boys enjoyed Avocado Chicken Salad on top of toasted slices of sourdough bread. I ate my chicken salad with a handful of multi-grain crackers and Sean opted for eating it lettuce wrap style.

The Avocado Chicken Salad would also be tasty in a wrap or on top of a garden salad. Another time we made this recipe, we ate it layered in between a couple slices of bread for more traditional chicken salad sandwiches.

How To Make Avocado Chicken Salad

To make this recipe, combine bite-size pieces of chicken and avocado in a medium size mixing bowl. Stir together mayonnaise, Cholula or other hot sauce of choice, salt, pepper, and fresh lime juice. That’s it!

I love to serve this Avocado Chicken Salad with a little chopped cilantro on top. The herb adds a wonderful fresh flavor that goes well with the spice and creaminess in the recipe. If you’re not a cilantro fan, parsley is also a wonderful garnish.

The hot sauce is optional, however it adds a depth of flavor and very little heat. I highly recommend trying it. The lime juice and the hot sauce combine for a terrific flavor combination.

Avocado Chicken Salad served in lettuce cups

Chicken Salad Recipes

Chicken salads are one of our go-to lunch options around here. They’re delicious, versatile, easy to make and a great use for leftover cooked chicken or store-bought rotisserie chicken.

I often find myself making these recipes on hot summer days when I want to cook a homemade meal without turning on the stove or oven.

If you like this Avocado Chicken Salad recipe, you might also enjoy 5 Minute Ranch Chicken Salad. It’s one of my most frequently eaten fast and easy lunch recipes and I love it as a chicken salad sandwich, in a wrap or eaten a top of a garden salad of fresh raw veggies. It would also be a fantastic hearty dip for raw veggies!

Then there’s Cashew Chicken Salad, a recipe I created when I had a craving for a certain chicken salad served at a favorite restaurant. It has sweet juicy red grapes, crunchy roasted cashews and a little lemon juice that gives the chicken salad a bright tangy flavor.

Another of my favorites is this Chicken Salad Wrap. Eaten on a homemade or store bought tortilla and with plenty of tang, it’s a great option for a packed lunch, picnic or quick meal at home.

For chicken salads without mayonnaise or other creamy dressings, check out Chinese Chicken Salad with Ginger Sesame Dressing and Fuji Apple Chicken Salad.

Avocado Chicken Salad served on toast

Avocado Recipes

For more avocado recipes you might enjoy, check out this Bacon, Bleu Cheese, and Shrimp Chopped Salad, and this Fresh Corn Dip with Avocado and Bacon. This Avocado Cream Sauce is a favorite for dipping grilled chicken or for topping burgers.

For an avocado centered dinner idea, how about Taco Stuffed Avocados with Chipotle Cream? or these Low Carb Spicy Tuna Stuffed Avocados?

How to Tell if Avocados are Ripe

If you don’t buy a lot of avocados, it can be tricky to figure out which ones to select from the produce bin.

If you’ll be eating or using the avocados in a recipe the same day, aim to buy them ripe. If you won’t be using them for a couple of days, look for avocados that are not yet at peak ripeness. A ripe avocado can become overly ripe within as little as a day!

A ripe avocado will be a little firm but yield when gently squeezed. Under-ripened avocados are rock hard while overly ripe avocados will feel soft and mushy. If you buy avocados that aren’t yet ripe, simply leave them on the countertop for a few days or until they ripen.

Avocado Chicken Salad served on toast, with crackers, or in lettuce cups

Rotisserie Chicken Recipes

Who doesn’t love rotisserie chicken? Tender and savory and conveniently available at many grocery stores, rotisserie chicken is such a great starter for lots of quick and easy meals.

You can use any cooked chicken for this chicken salad recipe, but I happened to have rotisserie chicken on hand and it worked like a dream.

For more ways to use rotisserie chicken, check out Southwest Chicken Salad, BBQ Chicken Nachos and Strawberry Chicken Salad with Warm Vinaigrette.

Kitchen Tip: I use this knife and this bowl to make this recipe.

Avocado Chicken Salad served in lettuce cups

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Avocado Chicken Salad

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Creamy chunks of avocado are combined with tender pieces of chicken in a fresh and slightly spicy dressing to make this Avocado Chicken Salad.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword avocado chicken salad
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 325kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups cooked chicken, chopped into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2 large avocados, cut into 1/2″ pieces
  • 2/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-3 tablespoons Cholula hot sauce, adjust to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus more to taste
  • 2-3 teaspoons fresh lime juice, about 1 small lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh cilantro or parsley

Instructions

  • Combine the chicken and avocado in a medium size mixing bowl. In a small bowl or large glass measuring cup, stir together the mayonnaise, hot sauce, salt, pepper, and lime juice. 
  • Add the dressing to the chicken and avocado and stir well to coat. Serve on sandwiches, on toast, on lettuce, or with crackers. Sprinkle with fresh cilantro or parsley before serving. Store in an airtight container and refrigerate if not eating immediately. This salad will keep nicely in the refrigerator for a few days. Enjoy.

Notes

I use a rotisserie chicken to make this recipe most of the time. However, any leftover chicken will work nicely.

I add the full 3 tablespoons of Cholula hot sauce in the recipe and there is almost no heat at all. It simply adds a nice depth of flavor to the salad. If you’re leery of that, start with just a small amount and taste as you add it until it is the right amount for you.

Nutrition

Calories: 325kcal | Protein: 17g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 209mg | Potassium: 147mg | Vitamin A: 75IU | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.9mg

{originally published 6/25/18 – recipe notes and photos updated 2/12/21}

Avocado Chicken Salad served on toast, with crackers, or in lettuce cups

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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip is a huge crowd favorite! Creamy, spicy and cheesy, it’s the perfect dip recipe for your next party!

Our friends are always hosting some fun something at their house and dips are probably what they shine at the most. What is it about a dip that makes you want to dive right in? I mean, it’s hot, cheesy goodness so who am I kidding, who can resist?!!

A chip is being dipped into buffalo chicken dip. There is other chips and carrot sticks in the background.

Buffalo chicken wings are one of Cade’s favorite snacks to munch on and man, I can hardly handle the spiciness! But cool it off a little with ranch, cream cheese, chicken and cheese and I’m officially in.

 

What to Dip with Buffalo Chicken Dip?

Here’s a question though, when you’re serving buffalo chicken dip, what are you serving with it? I mean, I’ve seen bread, chips, celery sticks and even pitas all cut up. So what do you pick?

Now, you can worry about the method of eating said dip later, let’s get to the good stuff. We all love the cheesy spicy goodness of this dip so let’s get started!

A casserole dish filled with buffalo chicken dip. It is covered with melted cheese and sprinkles of parsley on top. There are chips, carrot sticks, and celery sticks next to the dish of dip.

Ingredients Needed for Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

Your shopping list is short and sweet for this one, and it’s all low calorie and fat free…JK!! It’s not…not at all! But dang, it’s so good! It’s worth an occasional splurge:

  • Cooked and Shredded Chicken
  • Buffalo Sauce
  • Butter
  • Water
  • Ranch Dressing
  • Cream Cheese
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese 

Small containers of shredded chicken, cheese, hot sauce, ranch dressing and butter.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip in the Instant Pot

It’s super quick and easy to make this dip in the Instant Pot. Just 3 simple steps and you’ll be devouring this deliciousness!

  • Add chicken, butter, buffalo sauce and water to the Instant Pot and cook on high for 3 minutes (valve sealed, quick release when finished).
 

An instant pot with shredded chicken and buffalo sauce. Small bowls of ranch dressing and shredded cheese are in the background.

  • Remove lid, stir in ranch dressing, cream cheese and 1 cup of the cheddar cheese. Put lid on the Instant Pot and stir again.

The pot of an instant pot with shredded chicken, cream cheese, shredded cheese and buffalo sauce.

  • Pour dip into a casserole dish and top with the remaining cheddar cheese. Heat the oven to 400 degrees and place the dish in the oven. Allow it to bake until the cheese is melted.

Now you’re ready to dip just about anything into this dip and lose all self control!

A casserole dish filled with buffalo chicken dip. It is covered with melted cheese and fresh parsley leaves are sprinkled on top. There are chips, carrots and celery next to the dip.

What Sides Go With Buffalo Chicken?

Buffalo chicken can be served with potato salad, green salad, potato wedges, corn on the cob, or baked beans.

Now for vessels to get this dip from the casserole dish to your mouth, we like the following:

  • Celery
  • Bell Peppers
  • Crackers
  • Tortilla Chips
  • Toast Points
  • Broccoli (sounds crazy but it’s good)
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Pita Chips
  • Baguette Slices
  • Baby Carrots

A casserole dish of instant pot buffalo chicken dip. There are two chips that have been dipped into the cheesy dip. Chips, carrots, and celery are next to the dip and a red and white checked tea towel is next the the dish.

What Is Buffalo Sauce Made Of?

Buffalo sauce is a hot sauce generally made with hot sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and butter.

Will Buffalo Sauce Give You Heartburn?

If you are prone to heartburn, buffalo sauce certainly has the potential to increase heartburn.

A chip that has been dipped in buffalo chicken dip. There is shredded chicken and melted cheese on the chip. More chips are in the background.

How Long Will Buffalo Chicken Dip Keep?

Buffalo chicken dip will keep for 3-5 days in the refrigerator.

Does Buffalo Chicken Dip Need To Be Refrigerated?

Buffalo chicken dip should not sit out at room temperature for more than 2 hours.

Buffalo chicken dip should be stored in the refrigerator.

A casserole dish with buffalo chicken dip. A scoop has be taken out of the dip and there are a couple of chips laying in the dip. The dip is covered in melted cheese and sprinkled with parsley leaves. There are chips, carrots and celery laying next to the dip.

Can You Freeze Buffalo Chicken Dip?

Technically you can freeze buffalo chicken dip; however, I’ve noticed that the dairy can separate from the cheese and chicken as it comes back to temperature upon reheating. The taste is great, but it doesn’t look as appealing.

How to Make Buffalo Chicken Dip in the Slow Cooker

To make a buffalo chicken dip in the slow cooker, place a liner in a crockpot or spray with nonstick cooking spray. Add all of the ingredients and stir together.

Place the lid on and cook on low for 3 hours.

A tortilla chip that has been dipped in buffalo chicken dip. The casserole dish of dip is in the background and you can see part of an instant pot.

Football Recipes in the Instant Pot

Finally, we are all fans of the Instant Pot around here (in fact, check out our Instant Pot Cheat Sheet)! Some of the MOST popular Oh Sweet Basil recipes are Instant Pot recipes!

It only makes sense to make one of our favorite cheesy football game appetizers in the Instant Pot!

It’s quick and easy and it keeps the buffalo chicken dip nice and hot and fresh. 

If you want to try buffalo chicken dip in a fun, festive and football way, try our buffalo chicken dip football appetizer.

A casserole dish of buffalo chicken dip. A spoon is lifting a scoop of dip. There is shredded chicken in buffalo sauce with melted cheese on top. A few fresh parsley leaves are sprinkled on top. Chips and carrots are next to the dish of dip.

Creamy, cheesy and irresistible Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip! Everyone is going to be asking you for this recipe!

A chip dipped in buffalo chicken dip. There is shredded chicken and melted cheese on the chip and a dish of buffalo chicken dip is beneath the chip. More chips are beside the dish.

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Instant Pot Buffalo Chicken Dip

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A thick, creamy, spicy and cheesy dip perfect for parties!
Course 30+ Easy Dip Recipes You Can’t Stop Eating
Cuisine American
Keyword APPETIZER, cheese dip, chicken, dip, instant pot
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 16
Calories 205kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Chicken cooked and shredded
  • 3/4 Cup Buffalo Sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  • 1 Cup Ranch Dressing
  • 8 Ounces Cream Cheese 1 brick
  • 1 1/2 Cups Cheddar Cheese Shredded

Instructions

  • Combine cooked chicken, butter, buffalo sauce, and water in the instant pot. Place the lid on and the valve to seal and cook on high pressure for 3 minutes. Do a quick release.
  • Stir in the ranch dressing, cream cheese and 1 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. Place lid on and wait 5 minutes then stir again.
  • Pour out into a casserole dish. Turn the oven to 400 degrees. Sprinkle the remaining shredded cheddar cheese over the top and bake until cheese is melted. Serve with chips, crackers, or veggies.

Nutrition

Serving: 0.25cup | Calories: 205kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 642mg | Potassium: 65mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 365IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 96mg | Iron: 1mg

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