Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe

This post was originally written 5/8/2015.

Diabetes is part of my family history. My dad had it and my mom recently was diagnosed. If you have been following me, then you know I have been trying to work on my eating habits and then work in exercise. We have been meal planning which has been a huge help. I know what we are making every night, I get to try different recipes, and it has been cheaper on our wallets. My aunt was diagnosed with diabetes a few years ago and shared this "Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe" with me. We didn't know what to call it, so I named it. She said she found it on a diabetes forum where recipes were shared, but that she has since tweaked it. She said she makes it in large batches for her family and they have it to munch on all week.

Chicken Salad Recipe

What You Need:

2 rotisserie chickens (you can use just white meat or everything like I do)
1 15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
1 8 oz. can corn, drained
3 small avocados chopped
1/4 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup cherry tomatoes, chopped
Italian dressing to taste (about 1 cup, I use Olive Garden brand)

What You Do:

Take all the meat off the rotisserie chickens and place in a big bowl, then put everything else in, and mix. Seriously so easy and such a crowd pleaser! We love bringing to summer get-togethers and the sunflower seeds give it a yummy crunch. To make it cheaper, you could boil or bake some chicken breast then shredded it yourself. I do NOT suggest canned chicken, it just does not have the same flavor.


You can put this on top of some greens, in a wrap (or lettuce wrap), or by itself. Makes a great lunch or dinner. We love taking this to get togethers, family picnics, and just on the go! I do like to add a little salt and pepper to mine as well. You could also add some buffalo or hot sauce to give it a little delicious kick. To not make so much, just do one rotisserie chicken.

Please let me know if you try it and how you like it in the comments below!

It's hard to get a good picture of this, but that's why I wanted to update this post. Check us out on Instagram as I have been sharing more recipe reels. I have been sharing recipe videos on YouTube, but I tend to bulk them together.

My original picture:
Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe - Diabetic Friendly


  1. I've been looking for a new chicken salad recipe and this one definitely looks great. Can't wait to give it a try!

  2. This looks delicious! I am also trying to incorporate healthier meals for my family without losing the taste. This would be perfect for this weekend when all of my family gets together!

  3. OK! You just made me hungry again! LOL This is a nice quick recipe. Thanks, looks great and I'm sure it will taste great when I fix it. Can't wait :)

  4. Yum this sounds amazing!! I love the southwest twist on it!! I bet itd be fabulous on tortillas!! or with crushed up tortilla chips on top!!

  5. This sound like something my whole family would enjoy Delicious, I bet.

  6. This sounds wonderful, I was just eyeing rotisserie chickens the other day, but I've been into veggies and beans - wow - a perfect way to have both! I've not yet tried Olive Garden's dressing I didn't know you can buy it!

  7. This looks like a nice salad to die for having. I thank you so much for sharing such a nice and healthy recipe.

  8. Southwest Chicken Salad Recipe sounds like a different and tasty recipe for me to try. I am sure my husband would be happy!
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  9. I have never made chicken salad from scratch but my husband loves it! I will definitely have to make this soon, thank you so much for sharing the recipe!


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