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Chicken salad sandwiches are a classic for a reason. Add an avocado and you’ve got yourself a delicious lunch that is perfect to serve alongside potato chips, soup, or mixed greens! This super easy avocado chicken sandwich is sure to hit the spot. 

sandwich with lettuce tomatoes and chicken on a white plate.

Easy Chicken Salad Sandwiches with Avocado

Fresh, savory, and packed with protein, it’s easy to see how this lunchtime favorite has become a go-to for so many over the years. We love this easy chicken salad without mayo – instead I use avocado and greek yogurt to bind the mixture together. These are healthier with a bit of southwestern flair!

ingredients in avocado chicken sandwich.

Ingredients Needed

  • Chicken – This should be already cooked and either shredded or cubed. Rotisserie Chicken is great too!
  • Avocado – medium-sized and ripe avocado
  • Greek yogurt – nonfat, plain yogurt is best
  • Salsa – Use your favorite brand

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

How to Make Chicken Salad Sandwiches without Mayo

  • Prepare the chicken: Take your cooked chicken and either shred or cube it. Shredding can provide a more even texture, but cubing can give it a more dynamic consistency. It’s up to you!
  • Combine the ingredients: Peel and seed your avocado and mash it thoroughly. In a medium bowl, mix avocado with salsa, salt, pepper, and yogurt. Once combined, stir in your shredded or cubed chicken and mix thoroughly. 
  • Build the sandwiches: On the bread of your choice, place a generous dollop of chicken salad and top it with your desired veggies. Enjoy!


Part of the beauty of chicken salad is that you can pretty much add anything to it and end up with something yummy. A few popular variations include:

  • Using sour cream instead of greek yogurt
  • Adding hard-boiled egg
  • Using extra veggies like shredded carrot, diced red onion, or chopped celery
  • Adding a bit of sweetness with dried fruit, like raisins
  • Swapping regular ol’ bread for something ~fancier~, like sourdough or soft rolls. 
sandwich with lettuce tomatoes and chicken on a white plate.


Will chicken salad sandwiches get soggy?

If you store chicken salad with bread, yes, the bread will get soggy. If you want to save some of your salad for later, store it separately from the bread. 

Can chicken salad sandwiches be made a day ahead?

I recommend making the chicken salad ahead of time and assembling the sandwiches just before serving. 

Can I make avocado chicken salad without eggs?

Yes! Eggs are totally optional in chicken salad. 

sandwich with lettuce tomatoes and chicken on a white plate.

Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwiches

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A great sandwich for leftover chicken! Mix avocados with yogurt and salsa – no mayo – for a delicious Avocado Chicken Salad Sandwich!
Total Time 15 minutes
Yield 4 sandwiches
Serving Size 1 sandwich


  • 2 cups cooked chicken (shredded or cubed, see note)
  • 1 medium avocado
  • ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup salsa
  • ½ teaspoon salt (or to taste)
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 8 slices Bread (or soft rolls)
  • Lettuce, tomato, and/or onion, optional


  • Shred or cube the chicken as desired.
  • Remove the flesh from the avocado and place in a medium bowl. Mash with a potato masher. Stir in yogurt, salsa, salt, and pepper. Stir in chicken.
  • Serve chicken salad on a soft roll or toasted sliced bread. Top with lettuce, tomato, and onion if you wish!

Recipe Notes

The easiest chicken to use is a rotisseire one from the grocery store. Simply shred and use in the recipe. You can also cook chicken breasts (grill/roast/boil) and then dice or shred them. Or use leftover chicken from a previous dinner.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1sandwich | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 61mg | Sodium: 462mg | Potassium: 504mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 168IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Main Course
Cuisine American

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Last Updated on February 17, 2023

Dorothy Kern

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  1. So happy I found your page!  So many recipes I want to try!  Going to start with the Avocado Banana Bread and the Avocado Chicken Salad!  Can’t wait to try them out on my husband and mother-in-law!!  And that slow-cooker monkey bread!  Oh my!!

  2. I love avocados and chicken sandwiches and eat them a lot. Your recipe sounds awesome and I will be trying it out. I love to cream the avocado and mix with the chicken, spread on warm flour tortilla then add little coleslaw cut cabbage. Add a touch of your favorite dressing to moisten the cabbage if you’d like. (I use raspberry balsamic, just a couple of drops.) Roll and enjoy! Now I’m off to try your recipe. BTW glad you had a great time!

  3. If I were to make this ahead of time and try to eat it for lunch throught out the week, do you think it would hold up in the fridge ok? Or would the avocados brown and make everything nasty? Thanks!

    1. It was on my counter for about 3 days before it finally disappeared and it was totally fine!

  4. I just tried this recipe and served the chicken salad on a bed of baby spinach…it turned out great! 🙂

  5. This sandwich might just make me like avocados! I don’t hate them but rarely eat them. I do like chicken sandwiches 😉

  6. I seriously made an avocado chicken salad TODAY!! I am obsessed with avocado! But greek yogurt sounds like a yummy replacement for mayo!

  7. YES I need more avocado in my life! Why didnt I think to put them in chicken salad? Glad when I drop the avocado recipe ball you pick it up for me. These look fantastic! I cant wait to try them. Ohh.. and I cant wait to hear what you learned at BBC! 🙂

  8. Dorothy, this sandwich looks amazing! I’m always looking for new ways to jazz up sandwiches since I eat them so often. And I’d LOVE to hear all about your grown-up conference weekend!

  9. I felt the same way coming back from my conference. Too much info out there!!

    Seriously I love this chicken salad! It might become my new staple.

  10. Hubby loves avocados (I’m allergic). If i made these for him I would get bonus points for sure!
    Can’t wait to hear what you learned at bloggy conf. In another life I would love to go but health (8 back surgeries) limits what I do. But I do enjoy my little blog and am always looking for ways to make it better. I just had my daughter put a ‘pin it’ button on and I also learned how to add a ‘print recipe’ feature.’ A Facebook page is in my near future! Love your blog and am always inspired by your food–and heartfelt posts.