It's important that you make sure the ingredients are all top notch when using five or less; each one plays a very important part in the recipe. These recipes all use five ingredients or less, not counting oil, water, flour, salt, pepper, and spices.
To cook chicken for these recipes, see How to Cook Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breasts. I prefer to bake chicken breasts in parchment or poach them for the most moist and tender results.
And these recipes are so easy to vary. If you aren't in the mood for chicken, try using smoked turkey from the deli, cooked shrimp, cubed ham, lump crabmeat, or cubed cheeses in place of the chicken. After all, summer is made for improvising.
Five Ingredient Chicken Salads
- Southwest Chicken Tostada Salad
Flavored cooked chicken strips are the basis for this simple and flavorful salad recipe.
- Bacon Chicken Salad
Okay, this technically has six ingredients, but unless you have avocado trees in your backyard, the odds of having a ripe avocado on hand for an impromptu lunch recipe are slim to none. Still, they are fabulous in this salad.
- Easiest Chicken Salad
You can use this super easy salad so many ways. Use it in grilled chicken sandwiches, serve it on mixed greens, or eat it tucked into pita breads.
- Orange Wild Rice Chicken Salad
Mandarin oranges, wild rice, and a honey dijon salad dressing add wonderful texture, color, and flavor to this easy salad.
- Easy Buffalo Chicken Salad
Blue cheese salad dressing and Tabasco sauce combine for the flavorful dressing on this easy salad that starts with rotisserie chicken.
- Caesar Chicken Salad
This recipe is a good example of multi-use ingredients; the salad dressing is used as a marinade for the chicken and to dress the completed salad.
- Spinach Chicken and Bacon Salad
Make your own creamy salad dressing for this easy recipe, or use your favorite bottled dressing.
- Asian Chicken Salad
This simple recipe starts with deli coleslaw. Take some time to browse through your grocer's deli selection to invent your own salads.
- Balsamic Chicken Salad
This four ingredient recipe becomes a five ingredient recipe with the addition of grape tomatoes, or chopped yellow bell pepper.
- Tex Mex Chicken Salad
Black beans and salsa combine with tender chunks of chicken in this spicy and gorgeous chicken salad recipe.
- Pasta Chicken Salad
Grilled turkey tenderloin or two grilled chicken breasts are the basis for this simple salad dressed with Ranch Salad Dressing.
- Oriental Sesame Chicken Salad
This wonderful salad is similar to a famous fast food chain's new salad, but not as spicy. If you like your food hot, add some cayenne pepper or a few minced jalapenos to the salad dressing.
- Chicken Artichoke Salad
Marinated artichoke hearts and Italian salad dressing combine to make the dressing for this simple, flavorful salad.
- Berry Chicken Salad
Chicken breasts simmer in Catalina salad dressing, which is also used to finish the salad, in this quick and easy delicious recipe.
- Italian Chicken Salad
I'd add some chopped bell peppers and summer squash to this super simple salad recipe that uses marinated chicken breasts.
- Smoked Turkey Asparagus Salad
So just use chicken in place of the turkey! Strawberries, asparagus, and pineapple add flavor, color, and nutrition in this wonderful recipe.
- Chicken Melon Salad
With perfectly ripe, juicy, and sweet melons, this salad can be simply spectacular; it's one of my favorites.
- Deli Italian Chicken Salad
Once again, the deli comes to the rescue! With a marinated vegetable salad and black beans, chicken salad is elevated to another realm.