Hummus Chicken Salad

This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise. It’s a fun – and delicious – twist on a classic recipe!

This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise.  It's a fun - and delicious - twist on a classic recipe!

Ah, to toast or not to toast. That is the question. With apologies to William Shakespeare, I’m twisting his famous line from Hamlet. While I don’t typically stand around quoting Shakespeare in my kitchen, I do have the internal ‘toast or not toast’ debate whenever I make a chicken salad sandwich.

This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise. It's a fun - and delicious - twist on a classic recipe!

Chicken salad stuffed between two slices of a good soft bread (especially bread packed with grains and seeds) is fantastic. But then again chicken salad stuffed between two slices of lightly toasted bread (especially bread packed with grains and seeds) is also fantastic. How am I supposed to choose!?

Hummus Chicken Salad

All joking aside, I do love a good chicken salad sandwich. And this Hummus Chicken Salad? It just took chicken salad up to a whole new level for me! Instead of using mayonnaise as the binder, this Hummus Chicken Salad uses…yup, you guessed it…hummus. The hummus adds such a unique flavor twist to a recipe that is already delicious to begin with!

This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise. It's a fun - and delicious - twist on a classic recipe!

I used the classic hummus flavor for these Hummus Chicken Salad Sandwiches, and it was delicious. However, now I want to make this recipe again and play around with different flavors of hummus. A roasted garlic hummus or a roasted red pepper hummus would both be excellent choices! Even something like an olive tapenade hummus might be fun here…if you like olives, of course.

This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise. It's a fun - and delicious - twist on a classic recipe!

Years ago, I made chicken salad using canned, shredded chicken. It was nice and easy, and I almost always had the necessary ingredients on hand. Then I discovered grilled chicken salad where you grill the chicken and then shred it. Delicious! Then I realized that I could just use chopped rotisserie chicken. Easy? Check. Delicious? Check. I’m in!

A batch of this Hummus Chicken Salad comes together in about 10 minutes. Yup, that’s it. It just requires a bit of chopping, a bit of mixing and then off to the refrigerator it goes. And let me tell ya – knowing that I’ve got a hummus chicken salad sandwich waiting for me at lunch makes the morning go by a lot faster!

This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise. It's a fun - and delicious - twist on a classic recipe!

I hope you enjoy this chicken salad as much as we do here in our house. Whether you toast the bread or not, this recipe makes for some fantastic sandwiches! Enjoy!

Did you make a batch of this Hummus Chicken Salad at home? Leave a comment, or snap a photo and tag me on Instagram (@Spicedblog) – I’d love to see your version!

This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise. It's a fun - and delicious - twist on a classic recipe!

Hummus Chicken Salad

This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise. It's a fun – and delicious – twist on a classic recipe!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Refrigeration Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 4 sandwiches
Calories: 209kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken see note
  • ¾ cup hummus I used plain, but other flavors could work here, too.
  • ½ cup finely diced celery ~2 stalks
  • ½ cup finely diced red onion
  • ¼ cup finely diced red bell pepper
  • 1 Tbsp Dijon mustard
  • ½ Tbsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • lettuce for sandwiches
  • grain bread or croissants for sandwiches

Instructions

  • Using a large bowl, add all ingredients (shredded chicken, hummus, celery, red onion, bell pepper, mustard, parsley, garlic, salt and pepper); stir until well combined.
  • Refrigerate until cold.

Notes

I used rotisserie chicken to make this Hummus Chicken Salad. However, you could cook 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts and dice or shred them instead. Grilling the chicken breasts would add an extra layer of flavor!
This Hummus Chicken Salad recipe uses hummus instead of mayonnaise. It's a fun - and delicious - twist on a classic recipe!

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31 Comments

  1. cant wait to make this soon for me can i use tofu and skip red bell pepper as am not a big fan of red bell pepper i never had hummus chicken salad before perfect for my after office meals love your recipes as always brightens up my day everyday after work

      1. Hey Ramya – yes, you can certainly change the recipe to meet your preferences! If you like hummus, then this is a really fun (and tasty) way to mix up sandwiches for lunch!

  2. When my husband was a vegetarian and we’d take a road trip, I’d always make hummus sandwiches – white bean dip, actually – and our car always smelled like garlic! Anyway, great idea to mix the hummus with chicken. Love all of the other goodies as well.

    1. I actually love a good hummus sandwich – we make them on occasion during the summer and pack ’em with all sorts of fresh veggies. (Sprouts are amazing on hummus sandwiches!) Definitely try mixing it in with chopped chicken – it’s a fun twist on the classic chicken salad. Thanks, Mimi!

  3. 5 stars
    Yes yes yes! My hubby hates mayo so he would be totally down for this hummus chicken salad… love all the veg you’ve added into it too!

    1. Go for it, Michelle! This chicken salad with hummus is absolutely delicious, and we love making it for lunches. It’s a tasty way to mix things up a bit!

  4. 5 stars
    Two toasts or not two toasts…? Ben will take three! 🙂
    And talking about toasting, that’s an easy answer for me. If it’s extremely fresh and still super fragrant bread, no toasting is required. But if it’s one or two days old, toasting would make it much tastier!
    And combining hummus and chicken in a sandwich? Such a wonderful idea!

    1. Haha – ok, you win! 🙂 I’m with ya on the toasting. I’ll go untoasted but only when the loaf is fresh and super soft. After that, lightly toasted! I do recommend this recipe, Ben. It’s easy, and it makes for some pretty great lunches!

    1. Hummus really is a delicious replacement for mayo – and now I’m wondering where else I can use hummus in place of mayo. Maybe in a potato salad? Hmmm…I need to try that soon! 🙂 Thanks, Dawn!

  5. 5 stars
    Definitely toast! Well, I’m okay without toasting the bread too. I guess it just depends on the day. This chicken salad is such a great idea! I never would have thought about adding hummus. The amount of flavor has to be amazing. Can’t wait to make myself a sammy now!

    1. Haha – I hear ya, Kathy. I think toasting the bread depends on my mood, too. If the bread is super fresh? No toasting needed! Either way, hummus + chicken salad is fantastic! I highly recommend making a batch!!

  6. 5 stars
    Toasted or not, this sandwich looks and sounds AMAZING, David!! We love sandwiches in our home and I already know that this one would be no exception. What a brilliant idea to use hummus. So trying this one for lunch tomorrow!! Getting hungry just looking at your pics!

    1. Oh, we definitely share that love for sandwiches, Dawn! I could eat a sandwich every meal of the day. 🙂 This version using hummus is pretty darned fantastic. Definitely put it on the list to make a batch!!

  7. yes i eat a lot of hummus at home. it’s so tasty and good for you. this is a great idea david. Mm never thought of toasting my chicken salad sandwich bread but yes! fab idea.

    1. Oh, you’ve gotta toast the bread for chicken salad sandwiches, Sherry – very lightly! Just enough to give it a slight crunch. And make a batch using hummus. Trust me! 🙂

  8. 5 stars
    What?! Hummus instead of mayo in chicken salad. I am so in with this idea. Also, I love all the extras that you chopped and added to your recipe for the crunch. You definitely have to have lots of seeds and grains in the bread to truly be a sandwich. And I could go either way, plain or toasted.

    1. I do enjoy a classic chicken salad with mayo as the base, but this hummus version definitely gives it a run for its money! The extra layer of hummus flavor is fantastic. Give it a shot! 🙂

  9. 5 stars
    Love this idea of swapping out the Mayonnaise and replacing it with hummus in a chicken salad. And for my I’d definitely have to say I prefer my bread toasted for a chicken sandwich. Yum!

    1. The hummus is perfect for binding together the chicken salad here…and it adds an awesome extra layer of flavor! Give it a shot sometime, Neil!

  10. Great idea, David! I’ve never thought of hummus in this way. Regarding the toast, I try to let the bread decide. Bread is at its peak for only a short time. Once it’s even slightly past that, it’s toast.

    1. Yes – I like listening to my bread, too, Jeff. Sometimes I just sit in a quiet room and have a conversation with it…and I often learn a lot that way. 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Marissa! I love hummus in this recipe – and you can mix it up by using different flavors of hummus, too!

  11. I smiled about to “Toast or not too Toast” I often have this dilemma too. Adding hummus to chicken salad is interesting and creative, I like it! Certainly adds another level, and packs extra protein too.

    Thanks for sharing with us.

    Best,

    Velva

    1. Thanks so much for the comment, Velva! I do really enjoy the hummus in this chicken salad – it adds a lot of flavor, and that’s a great point about the extra protein, too! 🙂

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