Grilled Chicken Salad Recipe

This Grilled Chicken Salad recipe is great right out of the bowl but gets even better over the next couple of days as the flavors really come together.


  • 1 whole chicken fryer or whole chicken
  • ½ C sour cream or plain yogurt
  • ½ C mayonnaise
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 green onions
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 1 C red grapes
  • 1 C green grapes
  • 1 to 2 TB brown sugar (or sweetener alternative)
  • Fresh dill (optional)
  • Cumin (optional)


Step 1 – If you purchased a whole chicken instead of the chicken fryer, you will need to break it down into legs, thighs, wings and breasts. Set your Grilla to 275 to 300 degrees and then lightly season your chicken with Grilla Grills AP Rub. Place the chicken on the grill and cook until done.

If you want more smoke in your chicken, cook it at 250 degrees—this will prolong the cook but the choice is yours. The chicken can also be cooked the day before if you wish.

Your chicken should reach at least 165 degrees internal temp. Be sure to check the temp in several places to ensure it is completely done. Once done, pull from the grill and set aside to cool.

Step 2 – Debone all the meat off of your chicken. Discard the skin or save it to be boiled with your leftover carcass to make homemade broth.

Once all the meat is deboned, you can use 2 forks to shred or chop the meat with a knife.

Step 3 – Chop 4 stalks of celery into bite sized pieces. Divide the celery stalk lengthwise before chopping to get pieces down to bite sized.

Step 4 – Cut off the tops of your green onions and then chop them. If you really like the flavor of green onion, feel free to add more.

Step 5 – Slice the grapes in half. Depending on preference, you can add fewer grapes or more grapes.

Step 6 – If you are making this in the summer, we recommend chopping up small handful of fresh dill and tossing it in. If you are sensitive to the brightness of dill, skip it. The salad is still great without it.

Step 7 – Place all the chopped ingredients into a large bowl.

Step 8 – To make the dressing, use ½ cup real mayonnaise and ½ cup sour cream or plain yogurt.

Squeeze the whole lemon (make sure to keep the seeds out of the mix) into the bowl. To balance out some of the tart, add sweetness to the mix with 1 to 2 tablespoons brown sugar or sweetener alternative.

Add plenty of salt and pepper. You may need more than you think, but keep tasting as you add to get it right. We recommend adding one tablespoon of cumin here as well. Other optional add-ins that work great here: basil, cilantro, and cayenne. Be adventurous and let your taste buds be your guide.

Step 9 – Mix the dressing with the chopped ingredients and stir together gently. This is great right out of the bowl but gets even better over the next couple of days as the flavors really come together.

Homemade Grilled Chicken Salad Takes First Prize

Go into any deli or restaurant that serves lunch and you are likely to see a grilled chicken salad sandwich on the menu. However, we doubt it will taste anything like this grilled BBQ chicken salad. Why? Ours is made purely on a wood pellet smoker grill.

Wood pellet smoke infuses tons of flavor into the chicken. If you drop the temperature and cook the chicken really low ‘n slow, you will experience an even stronger burst of smoke throughout the poultry.

The difference is noticeable upon your first bite of chicken salad. Wait until you try it! And be ready for all the compliments from your family on your one-of-a-kind chicken salad wraps and pitas.

What Goes Best With Grilled BBQ Chicken Salad?

Now that you have a go-to grilled BBQ chicken salad recipe, you can start planning meals around this versatile dish. Served alone or on a bed of greens, homemade grilled chicken salad makes a wonderful snack or light, protein-packed lunch. However, it does not have to be just a midday meal or occasional nibble, you can enjoy it any time.

Even though it is best served cold, grilled BBQ chicken salad can be a main star course at your dinner table. Pair it with soup for a combination of hot and cold or make some bruschetta and grilled veggies to go alongside the chicken salad. Homecooked potato wedges covered in our signature BBQ rubs would go perfectly well with your smoky grilled chicken.


Referenced Products

Grilla Wood Pellet Smoker Grill

The Grilla Pro wood pellet smoker grill features convection grilling airflow for Pro-Smoke barbecue smoke flavor. Grilla's EvenTemp Chamber, Keep Heat Swing Lid and Never Flare Flavor Disk produce a consistent heat and smoke level in the cooking chamber.

All Purpose Rub 12 oz.

If you're looking to add versatility and flavor to your BBQ, grab a bottle of Grilla Grills All Purpose Rub. Recommended by pro team grill members, Grilla Grills All Purpose BBQ Rub contains the perfect blend of spices to up your grillin' game.
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