These easy chicken salad snack wraps use a rotisserie chicken salad wrap recipe. Grab these chicken salad wrap ingredients to make a delicious chicken mayo wrap recipe: rotisserie or home-poached chicken, mayo, greek yogurt, grapes, cranberries!
Classic Creamy Chicken Salad Wrap
As I sit and ponder what to have for lunch, I watch a hummingbird feeding on a honeysuckle. I am awestruck at its size, beauty and, like other creatures in nature, I am astounded there’s no thinking involved in what it needs to sustain itself.
When it comes to food, we as a species have choice and variety and that’s a wonderful thing! Choosing what we eat can be joyful and planning a meal doesn’t have to be difficult.
In many parts of the world, lunch is the main meal of the day. It provides energy and gets us through to the end of the day.
Making this rotisserie chicken salad wrap recipe for lunch is easy and tastes just dreamy. I prepare it early in the day and have it ready for lunchtime.
It takes only 15-20 minutes to prep and I would suggest making a little extra so it can be enjoyed for a couple of days.
Rarely do I order a chicken salad wrap from a restaurant. My homemade chicken mayo wrap recipe is fresh, light and not heavy on the mayo.
Chicken Salad Wrap Recipe
When thinking through how to make a chicken salad wrap, keep in mind there are a few wrap options. You can serve chicken salad on your favorite bread, roll, bun or cracker and have a great meal.
For a fun take on the chicken salad wrap, crisp up a tortilla. You’d be surprised at how well these Easy Chicken Salad Snack Wraps hold together!
Tortillas come in different sizes and the small ones are perfect for kids as they’re easy to handle.
I used to serve them to Patrick when he came home on his lunch break from school. When he knew I was making them ahead of time, somehow a couple of his friends would show up with him sheepishly saying they had left their lunch at home.
They would try and look very serious but I knew it was a little white lie and that Patrick had been bragging about my chicken salad. It was a compliment really.
In my humble opinion, this chicken salad wrap recipe is creamy and nothing short of divine. “Creamy” is the operative word here and by adding a few different ingredients, this recipe is set apart from all the others in the best possible way.
To transform this rotisserie chicken salad wrap recipe into a lettuce wraps recipe, use a lettuce wrap or top it on a bed of greens with a side of vegetables or a salad.
Speaking of vegetables, I use celery, green onions and carrots, but use your imagination and feel free to add any vegetables like. The sky’s the limit.
Chicken Salad Lettuce Wrap
For a lower carb option, wrap the chicken salad in lettuce. It’s a great alternative to bread and is less heavy.
Choosing lettuce is a healthier option that is less calories but is still very satisfying and oh so delicious.
I first discovered lettuce wraps at P.F. Chang’s and what a eureka moment that was! There was no denying they were really good, but I knew my own homemade chicken salad was fantastic and it gave me the idea that I could use it in the same way. Brilliant.
Iceberg lettuce is ideal and is the most popular as it is sturdy and crunchy, but you can use romaine as well.
Butterhead lettuce is another option. The leaves are large and soft so you might want to double up on the leaves to ensure the mixture holds well.
But there’s no denying that the chicken salad lettuce wrap is the rock star and stands out above all the rest.
Chicken Salad Wrap Ingredients: Mayo, Sour Cream or Greek Yogurt?
I’ve been making this recipe for a very long time and it’s no secret that mayo is at the heart of this recipe.
However, I’ve discovered adding sour cream or Greek yogurt gives this chicken mayo wrap recipe more tang and flavor.
Greek yogurt is higher in protein and gives the chicken salad more depth.
Rotisserie Chicken Salad Wrap Recipe
When I’m in a rush and don’t have time to make my own poached chicken, rotisserie chicken is the next best thing. Already cooked and seasoned, you can make this chicken salad recipe in just minutes.
The chicken can be shredded, chopped or cubed and can be cut into any size pieces you like. Decide for yourself what texture suits you best. Depending on the mood I’m in, I’ve done it all three ways and have never had a single complaint from anyone.
Shred or dice the chicken salad wrap, then freeze the rest so you will have it on hand for the next time.
If you want tender, juicy chicken, poaching it in your slow cooker is the way to go.
I poach both chicken breasts and thighs, then prepare them for freezing.
Once you shred, dice or slice the chicken, place inside resealable bags until needed.
Bag the breasts and thighs separately and keep a mixed bag on hand as certain recipes call for both.
Ken likes dark meat and I prefer white. To make things interesting, I will mix them together.
Quite frankly, when I make him this chicken salad mixed with both, Ken doesn’t even notice. At the end of day, it all comes to taste, right?
If you are looking for complete directions on how to poach chicken breasts and thighs on your stove top or slow cooker, have a look at my recipe for this terrific Slow Cooker Chicken Salad.
In the recipe above, you will find easy instructions on how to prepare, shred, dice, slice and freeze your chicken!
Whether you poach the chicken yourself or use store bought rotisserie chicken, the result will be one gorgeous chicken salad. I guarantee it.
Chicken Salad Wrap with Grapes and Cranberries
Thinking about my grandmother brings tears to my eyes. She was a wonderful lady and I miss her very much. She used to slice grapes and/or cranberries in her chicken mayo wrap recipe depending on her mood. It gave the chicken salad a bit of crunch and a hint of sweetness.
What would a chicken salad wrap be without the mayo? It is the star of the show and, to give it some tang, you can add in sour cream or Greek yogurt. Sour cream is lovely and Greek yogurt is packed with protein.
Together, these chicken salad wrap ingredients enhance the flavor and give the rotisserie chicken salad wrap recipe more depth. I wonder what grandma would have thought of that?
And if you haven’t tried curry powder in this chicken salad recipe, you don’t know what you’re missing. Just a teaspoon will intensify the flavor and take you on a whole different chicken salad journey.
On another day try adding a tablespoon of Dijon mustard, spice it up with a splash of hot sauce or a quarter cup of jalapeno peppers (pickled or fresh). A little goes a long way.
And don’t get me started on the cheese! It’s kind of like the icing on the cake. Top it with American, Cheddar, Mozzarella, Provolone, Parmesan or Swiss. Feta and goat cheese would work well also. If you’re really adventurous, try blue cheese.
Grandma’s chicken salad wrap recipe inspired me to make my own and I think of her every time I make it.
Chicken Salad Recipe with Grapes
Putting grapes in chicken salad may be a foreign concept to some, but I urge you to give grapes a chance. Once you experience it yourself, you’ll see what I mean. The sweet and savory flavors balance out, and it tastes delightful.
When I make this chicken wrap recipe with grapes, it takes me back to a different time and place. My grandma would say without the grapes it’s not real chicken salad. I always had to agree.
Chicken Salad Snack Wrap Ingredients
- rotisserie chicken, leftover chicken or poached chicken
- green onion
- sour cream or Greek yogurt
- hot sauce
- shredded cheese
Options for Chicken Salad Wraps
The wonderful thing about this chicken mayo wrap recipe is that it can be different every time you make it! Aside from cooked chicken and mayo, check what ingredients you have on hand and use them up! With a little creativity and courage, you will figure out how to make a chicken salad wrap in your own flavor and style in no time.
Basic Chicken Salad Wrap Ingredients
- poached, cooked or rotisserie chicken
- sour cream or plain Greek yogurt
- green onions
- hot sauce
- shredded cheese
Chicken Salad Wrap Ingredient Options
- apples (chopped)
- bacon (cooked and crumbled)
- cabbage (shredded)
- dates (pitted and chopped)
- grapes (sliced)
- cranberries or craisins
- cucumbers (chopped)
- ham (chopped or diced)
- hard boiled eggs (chopped)
- hot sauce (splash)
- lemon juice (1 teaspoon)
- mustard (Dijon, honey, grainy or hot)
- nuts (chopped cashews, pecans, pistachios or walnuts)
- olives (black or green, chopped)
- onions (red, yellow, white or purple)
- pickles (dill or sweet)
- sweet peppers
- tomatoes – ½ cup
- water chestnuts
- worcestershire sauce (splash)
- zucchini (chopped)
Herbs and Spices to consider
- chili powder
- curry powder
- garlic powder
- mustard powder
- onion powder
- red pepper flakes
Options for Chicken in this Chicken Salad Wrap Recipe
The options for this Slow Cooker Chicken Saladrecipe are so numerous, you can cook the chicken in many different ways and make successful and delicious chicken salad wraps.
To make life a little easier, I have created a list of suggestions to refer to.
If you’re wondering how to make a chicken salad wrap, instead of thinking off the top of your head, refer to this list of suggestions. It may spark some new ideas to make the best chicken salad you’ve ever had.
The choices in making a dynamite chicken salad are almost endless. So, don’t be afraid to experiment. Share your ideas with me, and we can make that list grow. I’d love to hear your comments.
How to a Make Chicken Salad Wrap
In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, cilantro, green onions, celery, carrots, sour cream or Greek yogurt, and hot sauce.
Add chicken and stir to coat.
Season with salt and pepper to taste.
Refrigerate in a sealed container or cover your bowl with plastic wrap until ready to use.
When you’re ready to make your snack wraps, prepare your workstation.
Set your tortillas in front of you.
Place chicken salad mixture in the middle of your tortilla.
Sprinkle cheese on top. Use as much or as little as you want.
Pick up the tortilla, adjust the contents and form into the shape of a fat cigar.
Flip each end up over top of the filling and roll.
Place a few pieces of paper towel on a large enough plate to hold all of your tortillas and set aside.
Tip: place seam-side down until you are finished rolling them all up.
Place a large skillet over medium heat.
Coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper.
Next, grab each rolled tortilla. This part can be a bit messy
Place, seam side down on your skillet.
After a minute or two, flip your tortilla to brown the other side.
Keep checking that your tortilla is as brown as you want it.
Repeat this process until all of your wraps are browned and crisp.
Transfer to a serving plate and slice in half if desired. Enjoy!
How to Cook Chicken for Chicken Salad
In making these easy chicken salad snack wraps, use any chicken you desire. For convenience sake, I often use rotisserie chicken, but poached chicken breasts and thighs are great options too!
Check out our Slow Cooker Chicken Salad to see the best method of poaching chicken breasts. Both slow cooker and stove-top instructions are included.
I make my own poached chicken breasts, chicken thighs and a mixture of both. Then I store them in resealable bags in my freezer until needed.
Poaching raw chicken is easier than you might think. The process is simple and so much cheaper than buying a rotisserie chicken.
By having portioned and frozen chicken on hand, it’s convenient and makes meal planning a breeze. Shredded, diced or sliced, it’s ready to go.
How Long Does Chicken Salad Last?
If your chicken is fresh the day you make it, your chicken salad will last up to three days in the fridge.
Can You Freeze Chicken Salad?
Absolutely you can! But only freeze the chicken as mayonnaise doesn’t freeze well.
When you’re ready to make your chicken salad, remove from the freezer, defrost, add mayonnaise and other chicken salad wrap ingredients.
Works like a charm every time.
Storing and Serving Chicken Salad
Be sure to keep chicken salad cool, especially when bringing it to a picnic or party. Use freezer packs if you need to transport your Easy Chicken Salad Snack Wraps to any kind of gathering. Better to be safe than sorry!
Rotisserie Chicken Salad Wrap Recipe Variations
I love making chicken wraps of all kinds. Such an easy idea and a fabulous way to use up ingredients in your fridge! I have included a few delicious examples below.
More Easy Lunches To Try
There’s no getting away from it. This creamy, savory chicken mayo wrap recipe is a classic and a pleasure to make. Try them. You’ll see what I mean.
Please take a moment to check out our video!
Easy Chicken Salad Snack Wraps Video
Easy Chicken Salad Snack Wraps
- large skillet
- 1 rotisserie chicken, skin discarded, meat shredded into bite-sized pieces (about 3 cups, or a little more)
- ⅓ cup mayonnaise
- ¼ cup cilantro leaves, fresh, chopped
- ½ cup carrots, shredded
- ⅓ cup green onions, thinly sliced
- ½ cup celery ribs, diced
- 2 tablespoons sour cream or greek yogurt
- 1-2 teaspoons hot sauce
- 2 cups shredded cheese, your favorite variety
- 8 medium tortillas
- salt, to taste
- pepper, to taste
- In a large bowl combine mayonnaise, cilantro, green onions, celery, carrots, sour cream or greek yogurt, and hot sauce. Add chicken and stir to coat. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate in a sealed container or cover your bowl with plastic wrap until ready to use.
- When you are ready to make your snack wraps prepare your workstation. Set your tortillas in front of you. Arrange chicken salad in the center third of your tortilla, right in the middle. Sprinkle cheese on top. As much or as little as you want. Pick tortilla up and adjust contents into the shape of a fat cigar. Flip each end up over top of the filling and roll. Place seam side down until you are finished rolling them all up.
- Place a large skillet over medium heat. This part can get a bit messy. Place a few pieces of paper towel on a large enough plate to hold all of your tortillas and set aside. Place your salt and pepper shaker nearby. Next, grab each rolled tortilla. Coat with cooking spray and sprinkle with a little salt and pepper. Place, seam side down on your skillet. After a minute or two you have to flip your tortilla to brown the other side. Keep checking that your tortilla is as brown as you want it. Repeat this process until all of your wraps are browned and crisped. Transfer to serving plate and slice in half if desired. Enjoy!