5-Minute Spicy Paleo Chicken Salad

By MarvinJanuary 19, 2018

Spicy paleo chicken salad

Chicken plays a huge role in most Paleo diets. For good reason! Full of protein, free of carbs and low in fat, chicken makes the perfect pre-workout meal. Plus, poultry contains many essential amino acids (the kind our bodies can’t make and need to get from our diets). Chicken is especially rich in the amino acids leucine and lysine, which helps our muscles recover and make chicken a great post-workout choice as well. Pretty good deal, right?

The downside of chicken’s big presence in our diets is that it can get pretty boring to eat. After all, how many times can we nosh on grilled chicken and steamed veggies before throwing in the towel on this whole ‘healthy eating’ thing? Our bodies need nutrients, but our brains need a touch of variety to feel satisfied in the longterm.

To change it up, today we’ve come up with a new way to spin chicken salad. We’ve added crunch and spiciness to kick the flavor up and keep things interesting for our tastebuds. The result is our newest spicy paleo chicken salad. It’s simple to prepare, and absolutely delicious. Excited? You should be!

Ingredients (makes 1 serving):

  • 7 oz grilled chicken
  • Half an avocado
  • Half a red bell pepper
  • 1 lemon
  • small handful of cashews 
  • coconut flakes 
  • Spices: Sea salt, cayenne pepper



  1. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it into a small mixing bowl 
  2. Add a half teaspoon of sea salt and a pinch of cayenne pepper, then mix together.
  3. Cut the chicken in cubes and douse them with the lemon spice mix.
  4. Let the chicken absorb the lemon spice mix for 2-3 minutes. While the chicken soaks, slice avocado and red pepper in small pieces and then toss together with the chicken. 
  5. Add some coconut flakes and cashews to the salad and toss everything together.
  6. Done. Enjoy your spicy paleo chicken salad :).


If you want more chicken recipe inspiration, check out this recipe for chicken hash with butternut squash and kale. 


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