Chipotle Chicken Salad


I’m obsessed with mayo right now. Ever since I found out that you can make mayo with an immersion blender, I want to make it every day. In every kind of flavor. So, that’s exactly what I did. And since it’s still 1,000 degrees in our house, I just bought a rotisserie chicken at the store and mixed it with my 30 second mayo and had a meal in less than 10 minutes. The faster I get to eat, the happier I am.

So I just got back from camping. I haven’t camped in probably 7 or 8 years, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to like it or not. I was mostly worried about doing my business in the woods. Toilets are way more comfortable. And relaxing. But that’s besides the point. A big group of us headed up to Glendo Lake in Wyoming to spend our July 4th with friends, tents, and boats. 2 boats to be exact. We brought a pretty Malibu wakeboard boat and a pontoon boat. That’s the first time i’ve ever spelled pontoon. It looks like raccoon. Not really, but kind of. Anywho, as we hauled the boats up north, we got half way there and were welcomed with a sign that said “There is no gas station available for the next 65 miles” AFTER we passed the last exit. How does that make any sense whatsoever? It doesn’t. Especially when you’re getting 4 miles to the gallon. Sooooo we coasted as much as possible. And chewed our fingernails. Just kidding, I don’t do that. I just bite my lips. What a gross habit. I need to break that.

Well, since we made it to the gas station, we ended up making it to our huge camp site with a nice little area to back our boats into. We spent our days on the water; surfing, wakeboarding, paddleboarding, and floating. I did most of the floating. Two of my girlfriends went on the paddleboard and drug me behind them on a pink tube. I really got my exercise in on this trip, obviously. And then we spent our nights around the campfire, eating grilled items, and drinking different beverages. Like apple pie moonshine. Not for me. But I did have a few sips to be a true ‘Merican on the 4th. Ugh, I’m annoyed with myself for saying that.

I loved being around the campfire. As soon as the sun went down, I became instantly freezing cold, unlike anyone else. I’d be in full sweats while some guys still hadn’t even put their shirts back on from being on the lake. I’m a child. But we saw some cool things while we sat around the fire. Like fireworks, that the guys set off on the beach. Slightly frightening. Cool, but still frightening when you know the people who are setting them off. No one’s hands got blown off, so we’re good!! We also saw one of the three dogs find a great stick that he brought over to the campfire and began to chew on for a while. Well, we finally noticed that it wasn’t a stick. It was a deer leg. Still with his little hoof. Poor guy. We threw it away, but it still came back later on. Along with other pieces of his legs. That poor deer. I’m sure it tasted delicious, though.

Next time, I’ll only camp for 2 nights. But for not really liking camping, or even the outdoors, I really loved being on the lake. It’s just the best feeling. I can’t wait for Lake Powell in August. That’s just the best.

On the way back home, I had to eat at Taco John’s. Ew.


Chipotle Chicken Salad

  • Yield: 2-3 1x


  • 1 pound chicken, cooked and diced
  • 4 stalks of celery, finely chopped
  • 1/4 white onion, finely chopped

For the mayo

  • ⅔ cup avocado oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle adobo sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Mix together chopped chicken, celery, and white onion.
  2. Place all mayo ingredients in a tall container, put immersion blender to the bottom of the container and turn on. Keep immersion blender on until the oil turns to a white color and into mayo. Should take just a little over 30 seconds, if that!
  3. Mix mayo with chicken, celery and onion.
  4. Eat up, however you’d like. In lettuce, with a fork. Or a spoon. Anything goes with chicken salad and 30 second mayo.

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I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.


103 thoughts on “Chipotle Chicken Salad”

  1. I love making homemade mayo, but now I will be making it even more with my immersion blender. That is awesome! The chicken salad looks amazing, too 🙂

  2. AIMEE... ALSO...weird...

    I just have to say I found your blog from The Primal Palate and I’m so happy I did! I check in every couple days and love your banter…it’s like talking to a good friend…you crack me up! I’ve just started following Paleo..ish. Totally giving up whole food groups like beer upset me so I’m taking baby steps here starting with the meals I serve at supper. So far great success with getting the guys to eat the food I serve altho I have a son who says he’s not a vegetarian! lol I’m happy to see that you’re human and indulge occassionally which is what life is about and it’s OK. Thanks again and when I make a million I’ll be more than happy to contribute to this wonderful blog!

  3. I thought it was an unwritten law that you can’t have paleo mayo unless your arms are dead from whisking. YAY! I am pumped to make it with an immersion blender!

  4. Lindsey @ OneMotherofaDay

    This sounds right up my ally! Will have to try it out next week for my lunches! Always love your recipes!!

  5. I’ve been missing mayo (my favorite condiment of all time, unless you count KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce…which I can only stare at longingly), so bring on the recipes!

    Also? The bit about the deer actually made me LOL!

  6. I camped for the first time ever a few weeks ago. Everyone said I can’t call it camping though because we left at about 11pm. Whatever. I went boating during the day and sat around the campfire at night. I was so nervous to use the “restroom”, but it wasn’t so bad. Anyway, I was FREEZING once the sun went down and had not brought enough clothes. I ended up wearing sweats, a shirt, my sweatshirt, my husbands sweatshirt and my friends winter coat. Got under a blanket and sat near the fire. This was while everyone else walked around in MUCH less clothing. husband still in shorts.

  7. can you sub “light olive oil” for the avocado oil? I bought it to make a different paleo mayo recipe but I MUST make this tonight! Thanks 🙂

  8. Can you use a food processor to make mayo? I don’t have an immersion blender. Also, what oils are good. EVOO okay? I’ve never even seen avocado oil. Then again, I’ve never looked for it either.

    1. I would recommend not using EVOO for homemade mayo. It’s going to overpower the mayo. I tried walnut oil, which was “ok” and I ate it but it was not wonderful. Next time I am going to try just LIGHT olive oil, not extra virgin. I think avocado oil may be the best for mayo though, but I think light olive oil would be fine too. I wish I had an emersion blender, mine died last year 🙁

      1. Avocado oil can be pricey and hard to find. I used both the extra light EVOO and grape seed oil as alternatives. I like the grape seed oil best and it’s easy to find at any store. I also add a touch more garlic powder.

  9. I’ve found that using extra light olive oil gives an even better flavor than avocado oil. Also, I agree making this with an immersion blender is awesome! One of my best investments so far!

  10. I’ve been making the mayo from the Well Fed cookbook but it is time consuming! I’ll have to try this one!
    Do you think the chipolte mayo would make a good sauce for fish tacos? I’ve been trying to find the paleo answer because I love fish tacos! Thanks Juli!

  11. After a massive battle with mayo, my regular blender, a lot of wasted oil and cursing I bought an immersion blender! To be delivered to me Thursday 🙂 Can’t wait! Mayo here I come!

    My dog killed a baby bunny about a month ago and I thought she had a squeeky toy in the backyard (was night time)…sounds like you handled the deer leg better then me and the bunny!

  12. I have NOT been successful with the immersion blender mayo at all! I put it all the way down to the bottom, it starts to make mayo, then it immediately (within 10 seconds) turns into runny glop. I’ll try yours. Do you put it ALL the way to the bottom and don’t move it at all? Do you put it partway down? Could you come do it for me?

  13. Ahhh! Thank you for the immersion blender tip! I’ve been putting off trying to make my own mayo b/c it just takes too look with too many cumbersome gadgets (I hate cleaning the food processor). Will have to try this soon!

  14. Excited to hear that other types of oils will work for mayo! I looked for avocado oil at the biggest grocery store near me & didn’t see it. My cabinets are already pretty well stocked with oils, so I’ll try extra light olive oil. AND I already own an immersion blender (great for smoothies.)
    Yippee! 🙂

  15. I LOVE Mayonnaise too! I thought I was so so strange. I literally eat it by the spoonful.

    Remember Patty Mayonnaise with her cute polka dot dress? Oh gee I miss kid shows.

    Not as much as I miss peeing outside though! lol it’s so freeing to attend to your nature out in nature. I guess it’s not for everyone though…the porcelein throne is a lot cleaner 🙂

    That poor deer 🙁 I wonder how he lost his leg 🙁 I adore vennison but always hoped they had good clean deaths. Ahh the conundrums of a carnivore.

  16. I’ve made quite a few of your recipes, and every one has been the So I trust you when you say “make mayo”!!

    I’m also laughing about the deer leg, and feeling bad at the same time. Mmmmm, venison.

  17. This mayo is so amazing I can’t even begin to describe it! Since I didn’t have chicken, nor time to get chicken, I threw it in with some shrimp, cucumbers and squash! Awesome stuff, thanks Juli!

  18. Hi Juli, I just wanted to tell you that your particular recipe for the immersion blender mayo worked beautifully! I’ve tried other mayo recipes using an immersion blender and none have worked for me. I am successful with a blender and arm breaking drizzling slowly of oil but it’s tiresome and I love mayo. For whatever reason…whether it is the ratio of ingredients or a miracle…your’s worked for me and I am soooooo happy!!!! Thanks!

  19. One other comment I had was that I just came back from a 6 week RV trip out west that included Lake Powell and I have to say that out of everything we saw and went to Lake Powell was one of my top three spots. I will be back there next year for sure! Have you ever hiked Horseshoe Bend while there? If not, go next time. It’s a short hike and a breathtaking view of the Colorado. But yeah…Lake Powell is spectacular!! I’m in love.

  20. Holy bananas!! Your Paleo mayo recipe has changed my Paleo life! I add srirrachi and a little extra lemon. It tastes like that dynamite sauce on sushi. The rooster sauce may not be Paleo enough, but it keeps me from wanting to eat other nonpaleo foods. Thank you!!! 🙂

    1. with a blender or food processor, you have to add the oil in last. first put the other stuff in and blend or process for like 20 seconds, but keep it on. after 20 seconds start pouring the oil in REALLY slowly. I measure my oil into a measuring cup and then hold it with 2 hands or steady it on the blender/food processor and literally just hold it so it is going in such a little stream that it’s like drops at a time. It will take forever, but sooo worth it. Do not stop the blender while pouring it in. Good luck!

  21. YUM! I started making my own mayo (in my small kitchen aid food processor) about 18 months ago and I will NEVER again buy a jar at the store.

    Keep up the awesome recipes!

  22. Juli I just want to say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you.. I’m visiting my folks in WA and having been trying to stay on track (kinda hard with my mom’s cooking) and lunch has been the hardest. Saw this this morning and after WODing it this morning I went to the local store bought the ingredients and an immersion blender and whipped it up for lunch and it was Yumtastic!!!

  23. Is immersion blender a fancy name for a hand blender? ( or is hand blander the British term for an immersion blender?) I’m lost in translation even on an american site! Will try my ‘hand blender’ with this recipe tomorrow!

      1. Hi. Can’t wait to try this! I have had avocado oil in my pantry for months mow and I am excited to finally use it. I’m sorry if you’ve already answered this, but how long will the mayo keep? So excited to try this!

  24. Hey Juli…..I am Juli also….well Juliann but that’s how I spell my shortened name. I have never ever run across another until I found your blog while searching for Whole30 recipes. You crack me up, I love reading your blog and I have a giant folder of recipes to keep me occupied for at least 20 more days!

    I attempted Mayo this weekend and it was so gross and I wasted a ton of oil. I am going to try your recipe once I can get some avocado oil! So glad I found you!

  25. This is the first time I have visited your site and read your blog. I think you are hilarious and clever. BTW what the heck is an immersion blender?

      1. Hi Juli! I love your website and I use a lot of the recipes.

        I was wondering if you could offer some advice for me. I have been crossfitting for 8 months now. I am not really trying to lose weight but more a few inches. I have seen some parts of my upper body changing but I can’t seem to knock a few inches off. I try to stay paleo/clean/gluten free with my meals.



        1. hey kelly! i am no expert or professional so i’m just speaking from personal experience. i’ve been able to lose some inches by cutting back my portion sizes and doing a bit more cardio such as running or spinning or swimming. those things have helped me. but please remember, i’m no professional!

  26. This recipe looks so delicious, I am definitely going to be making it. I am busy so this will be good to have around most days!!

    I am wondering if you can answer some questions, Juli… I am currently a crossfitter and I am not trying to lose a lot of weight but I have been trying to cut a few inches and I don’t seem to be getting any results. I crossfit 3-5 times a week depending on my weeks. I try to keep my diet mostly clean/paleo/gluten free because I do have stomach/digestive issues.

    Can you offer any words of wisdom or advice to lose those few inches?

    Thanks!!! Love this site 🙂

    1. hey kelly, i am no expert, but including smaller portion sizes to my meals and doing more cardio such as spinning and running has helped me with losing inches. but i also lost strength with that, so be careful if that is not your goal!

      1. Sorry it posted twice!! Darn computers 🙂

        I will try picking up the running some more. Hardest part with me and cutting back portions is that I am still hungry. I am always hungry, which is good and bad.

        Thanks for your advice!!

  27. mmmm. i just made this!! soooo delish!!

    if i made this and stored it in a mason jar in the fridge, how long do you think it would stay fresh?

  28. My first batch did not emulsify, started over and put all of the ingredients but the oil in the blender. I turned on the immersion blender and drizzled the oil in as it ran. Va-voom! Mayo. Super awesome. Thanks! Prior attempts using my uber-blender heated it to fast causing it to turn into warm stinky bleah.. BTW, made your coconut shrimp from your book, best ever!

  29. Juli… WTF… I just made mayo? I have to admit all the past times I looked up how to make paleo mayo I sort of said ‘that is just not worth it’…. but WTF… I just made mayo.. in less then 30 seconds. This is a game changer. THANKS!

  30. I admit to being total skeptic but I just made this in a minute flat. The thing that took the longest was cutting up the stupid rotisserie chicken! I love the flavor and I know my hubby will too. Best part…not a single heating element involved which is perfect for summer in Denver with no AC!

    Speaking of Colorado, when I first glanced through this post I almost chastised you for fireworks in a fire ban but thankfully I kept reading before putting my foot in my mouth.

    Thanks for the great recipe!

  31. Stephanie Smith

    YUM! I will never buy mayo again! This salad was so freaking delicious I can’t even stand it! I added some bacon and avocado to it, because why not? My new favorite meal!!!

  32. Is there a good substitute for the chipotle adobo sauce? Or can you leave it out and the mayo would just not be as spicy?

  33. I made this last night, but substituted walnut oil for the avacado oil. A M A Z I N G!!! My immersion blender is going to get a workout!

  34. My immersion blender died sometime ago ): My hubby loves mayo and I refuse to buy it for him…hmm this may be just the excuse I need to get another! I also need a rotisserie! I even have a place for it. I get tired of heating up the oven just for meat. If I turn it on, I do a lot of cooking that day!

  35. I bought an immersion blender today so I could make this! Delish! The creamy smokiness of the chicken is offset beautifully by the crisp crunch of the veggies! Nice zip to it

  36. i continue to LOVE YOU< Juli! wowza! and my family feels the same….. typical conversation at our house…."mom what's for dinner?" chipotle chicken salad "ewww, that doesn't sound good.' it's a juli bauer recipe. "Oh, Ok, well that sounds good!"

  37. I am new to the paleo lifestyle and this was my first attempt at making homemade mayo. Holy cow, it is so good! I am absolutely in love with the chicken salad. Thanks so much for the yummy recipes!

  38. Yum! It looks delish. This may be a silly question, but what are the rules about eating leftovers that include a raw egg? How long would something like this stay good?

  39. Man I used bacon grease for most of my fat…. and I know that’s so stereotypically paleo to add bacon to everything but hey. It was delicious. Thanks!

  40. I was wondering if you had the nutritional information for your recipes. I am looking for low carb as I am a diabetic.

  41. I just made this last night and it was tasty! I added more chipotle sauce to the salad in addition to the amount called for in the mayo to give it a little more spice and added some golden raisins just because. I also used walnut oil for the mayo since I did not have avocado oil. I thought it tasted great with the walnut oil but will try the original recipe once I have all the ingredients. Thanks!

  42. Hello! I am in love with all your recipes, you are fab. I have tried to make this mayo twice now and both times it turns out kind of like a dressing, not the consistency of real mayo…I’ve tried a blender, baby bullet, kitchenaid stand mixer, and hand beaters and nothing is whipping it! Are you able to maybe post a quick video making this or photo of what it is meant to look like…I’m guessing green and runny isn’t it.

  43. I just felt compelled to thank you for changing my life with the immersion-blender-mayo revelation. My brother told me about it and I literally did not believe such a thing was possible (in comparison to the insane production involved in making food processor mayo). He had to send me a video of himself making 10-second mayo before I believed him — and I promptly bought an immersion blender immediately after. I’m currently eating a rotisserie chicken with immersion blender mayo and it’s the best. I’m trying to clean up my paleo diet after a summer of being pretty flexible (read: lazy), and this is such an amazing help!

  44. Sweet LORDY this is good! I made the mayo (did I just write that??) and have the chicken salad in the fridge for tomorrow. Then I took the leftover mayo and spread it on a paleo bacon turkey meatloaf that we had for dinner tonight. OMG. I admit I also just ate a couple of spoonfuls straight up too. That mayo is TO DIE FOR!! So glad I found your blog!

  45. As is, I think this recipe is 4 stars. It was good, but something was missing. After eating it like this for a day or two I added dried cranberries and blanched almonds. This made it 5 stars. With the last little bit I had today I added leftover bacon and this added a whole new level of flavor – 10 stars.

  46. Holy crap. Unbelievable. The mayo, anyway. Haven’t tried the other. I did a little tweak–used half coconut and half avocado. Tastes amazing, although I think I’ll add a smidge more lemon. But the fact that I had mayo in 2O SECONDS. THANK YOU!!!!

  47. Hey, I’m planning on making this tomorrow and I was wondering if I could use coconut oil instead of the avocado oil? Thanks!

    1. i haven’t tried coconut oil, so i can’t say it would work the same. it would definitely not taste the same though. it would have a strong coconut flavor, until avocado oil

      1. Holy cow! So I found the avocado oil and made this today… SO amazing! I’m bringing samples of it to my box tonight for them to try out. Thanks so much for this one … Love it!!

      2. I’m super new to paleo, so please excuse the silly question, but is it a raw egg in the mayo? Your recipes sound so amazing and I’m so excited to have found your blog!

  48. Well, I didn’t read any of the comments beforehand, but I had no trouble at all making the mayo…whipped up beautifully, and I used “Very Light” EVOO. Also doubled the chipotle sauce because YUM.
    I’ve never liked chicken salad but needed to use a bunch of cooked chicken…I’m so happy that I like it and won’t have to apologetically send it in my husband’s lunches ;-). Thank you Juli!

  49. Hi Juli,

    I just found your website today. I love all your recipes. I thought I would just add that I have made this mayo/aioli several times and it is delicious. I like to throw in a handful of cilantro as it really adds some zest and color. I have also used it for a dipping sauce for my garlic/cilantro grilled shrimp.

  50. I’m not one to usually comment about recipes. But I too was a skeptic and was so successful with this mayonnaise. It is so easy and tasty. The chicken salad was quick to make and I added almonds and craisins as someone suggested. Yum!!

  51. Made this for lunch today. My first experience w/homemade mayo and it wasn’t bad. I felt like mine was super oily tasting. But it was my first time w/ Avo oil so maybe that was why? Also I think I used the wrong Adobo sauce as it was more of a paste than I recalled. However, I just added in some chipotle chili pepper, crumbled some bacon on and even added in avocado. Still an incredible dish!

  52. I so wanted to love this mayo recipe. I wanted to have my mayo be plain as a base and then add in seasonings for different purposes. Anyway, I followed the recipe 100% aside from the chipotle. I have to say the mayo itself was very dressing-like in consistency (which I can deal with) but just tasted very bizarre. Is it because I’m not used to “avocado mayo?” Is it because this type of mayo really does need the chipotle seasoning? I used regular avocado oil (not from whole foods) and 1 jumbo organic brown egg. I really hope someone can help me as I’m extremely jealous of all these rave reviews!!! I almost don’t think I can eat any of this sauce without a LOT of spice adding and doctoring – it just has the most bizarre aftertaste of avocado oil. Please help!!!!

    1. Your mayo didn’t thicken up, then. That sometimes does happen. Have you ever tried using an immersion blender instead of a food processor? That usually works better for me. As for the avocado oil, the taste ranges between brands. Try 365 brand from whole foods

      1. Juli thanks so much for answering. I did use an immersion blender. Maybe it was slightly too much oil for the size of the egg. Also your tip about oil taste is helpful. My supermarket carries Roland which might not taste as great as 365. I will try and report back!

  53. This is so good! I love chipotle! I made it a second time with a tsp of curry powder (instead of the adobo) in the mayo, apples, and raisins! I didn’t want to go to the store for adobo sauce. This recipe is so versatile! Thanks for your amazing work 😀

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