Chicken salad with tzatziki served with cucumbers, pita, and crackers.

Chicken Salad with Tzatziki

In Brunch, Mains, Snacks, Uncategorized by sarawalkenbach2 Comments

If you want to boycott the oven, grill, and everything hot right now, I’ve got a recipe for you. Simple Chicken Salad with Tzatziki is cool, creamy, and oh so refreshing. It’s perfect for a warm day, packs a protein punch, and is ready in 20 minutes.

Why I Love This Recipe

This chicken salad recipe has my favorite condiment: tzatziki. Tzatziki (pronounced: tuh·zee·kee) is a Greek yogurt base sauce with shredded cucumbers and spices. Add in protein packed chicken, tangy feta cheese, and spices for a perfect summer dish.

Chicken Salad with Tzatziki Ingredients

Chicken salad with tzatziki ingredients.
These fresh ingredients mixed together makes the most refreshing snack, app or main dish.


Any type of cooked chicken will work in this recipe. Just make sure it’s shredded or chopped into bite size pieces.

It’s hard to beat the ease of a rotisserie chicken. However, sometimes they can be on the salty side. If you’re going with rotisserie chicken, pay attention to the amount of salt you add to the rest of this dish.

Other chicken options are boiled, baked, grilled or leftover.

If you like the Mediterranean flair of this recipe, you’ll also love my Artichoke Chicken recipe.


I can eat tzatziki with a spoon! It’s such a versatile condiment. Try it on these Greek Burgers, as a dip, or on top of a salad. These are the ingredients you’ll find in tzatziki:

  • Greek Yogurt
  • Cucumbers
  • Olive Oil & Vinegar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Garlic & Dill

Feta & Spices

So far, this recipe is creamy with the Greek Yogurt. And it’s got crunch with the cucumbers. Now, let’s bring in the Feta cheese for some tanginess.

Feta crumbles is the perfect cheese for this dish. It’s brininess pairs so well with the creamy Greek Yogurt.

When it comes to spices, get it all done in one swoop with Everything Bagel seasoning. The ingredient list is:

  • Onion
  • Garlic
  • Sesame Seeds
  • Poppy Seeds
  • Salt

Add some fresh cracked pepper or white pepper and your good to go!

A Greek seasoning blend would also be great in this dish.

Love feta? Try this simple Zucchini Ribbon Salad.

Chicken tzatziki ingredients in bowl.
Mix the tzatziki ingredients together then add in the chicken, feta, and seasoning.

Optional Ingredients

This Chicken Salad Tzatziki is perfect the way it is, but if you’re feeling extra, try these add ins:

  • Shallot: For my palate, onion can over-power a dish. But if you don’t have that same experience or don’t have Everything Bagel seasoning, a half shallot would be tasty in this chicken salad.
  • Extra Cucs: Adding in more cucumbers would also be delightful in this recipe.
  • Tomatoes: Some halved cherry tomatoes would be excellent in this chicken salad too. Add them in right before serving.
  • Olives: Add in more briny deliciousness with some sliced olives. Castelvetrano olives are the best!

If you like the Mediterranean flavors of this recipe, you’ll love my Mediterranean Veggie Wrap.

What Makes Chicken Salad Tzatziki Healthy?

This low-carb recipe is packed with lean protein as well as antioxidants and micronutrients found in cucumbers.

Protein Packed

Typically, tzatziki sauce has sour cream in it as well as Greek yogurt. However, we are lightening things up around here, so this recipe calls for just Greek Yogurt.

According to David Heitz’s article, Health Benefits of Greek Yogurt at, Greek Yogurt provides you with:

  • Protein
  • Probiotics
  • Calcium
  • B-12
  • Potassium

“Probiotics are healthy bacteria that can help boost your immune system and decrease stomach issues.” -David Heitz

Chicken is also packed with lean protein. Making us feel fuller longer and improves muscle development.

Antioxidants & Micronutrients

In Marissa Miller’s article, 10 Cucumbers Health Benefits You Shouldn’t Ignore, at Women’s Health Magazine, she states the following benefits of cucumbers:

  • They contain antioxidants and micronutrients
  • May help keep your blood pressure in check
  • Cucumbers can help with digestion
  • They help strengthen your bones’ article about cucumbers, says they are loaded with vitamin K and A. “Vitamin K helps your blood clot and keeps your bones healthy”. Vitamin A wears many hats in helping your body out:

  • Helps with Vision
  • Aids your Immune System
  • Benefits in Reproduction
  • Helps your heart, lungs, and kidneys operate

Chicken salad with tzatziki is a healthy, low-carb option. And delicious any time of the year.

Looking for an easy healthy snack, try Cucumbers and Tajin.

Cucumber slice with a dallop of Chicken Salad with Tzatziki.
Serve with cucumber slices, crackers, or pita bread.

How to Make This Easy Recipe

Tzatziki Sauce

Choosing a Cucumber

English Cucumbers are my favorite. They are longer, skinnier and usually wrapped in plastic at the store. Compared to regular grocery store cucumbers, English ones don’t have as many seeds or the weird wax on the outside.

If regular cucumbers are the only option, peel off the waxy skin with a vegetable peeler and scoop out the seeds. To remove the seeds, cut the cucumber in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrap out the middle part where all the seeds are.

Buy cucumbers from your local farmer. They won’t have the wax.

If you like cucumbers, you’ll love my no mayo Lemon Dill Potato Salad.

Shred and Squeeze

Cucumbers are 95% water. We don’t want watery tzatziki, so you have to squeeze the water out. It’s a good stress reliever too. Here’s how:

  • Place a tea towel (tea towels have less lint that other towels) under a box grater. Shred the cucumber.
  • Once the cuc is shredded, twist the ends of the tea towel up, encasing the cucumber shreds. Put a bowl underneath and squeeze.
  • Keep squeezing until you get most of the cucumber water out.

Don’t toss that green cucumber water down the drain. Make a cocktail (or mocktail)! The cook needs to stay hydrated. Cucumber water goes great with fresh mint and club soda. Add a shot of gin or vodka if you’re cocktailing.

Final Tzatziki Touches

To complete the tzatziki, add the rest of the ingredients to the cucumber shreds. Keep the tzatziki in the refrigerator once complete. The flavors will continue to blend together, which makes it better as it sits. This sauce is tangy, light, creamy, and delicious. I know you’ll love it!

Tzatziki goes so well with my grilled Chicken Pita Pockets, as well as a salad dressing or veggie dip. Use tzatziki with left over grilled chicken for a Chicken Tzatziki Wrap. Or add some quinoa for a Greek Tzatziki Chicken Bowl.

Completing the Chicken Salad

Once the tzatziki is made, just add in the rest of the ingredients:

  • Chicken
  • Feta
  • Seasoning

Stir to incorporate. Enjoy as is, or with any of the options below.

Chicken tzatziki ingredients in bowl.
Mix the tzatziki ingredients together then add in the chicken, feta, and seasoning.

How to Eat Chicken Salad with Tzatziki

There are so many ways (besides a fork) to get this cool and refreshing Chicken Salad to your lips.

  • Lettuce Cups: Keep this meal low carb by opting for Romaine spears or Butter Lettuce.
  • Crackers: Whole grain crackers are a good choice.
  • Naan or Pita: Warmed up or toasted, cut in triangles or stuffed.
  • Bread or Wrap: Make a sandwich or wrap it up.
Can you freeze Tzatziki?

No, freezing it will change the consistency of the sauce. Tzatziki will last in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

What type of Greek Yogurt should I use in this Tzatziki recipe?

Plain 2% or 5%. I like Fage brand 2%.

What can I use instead of a tea towel when making tzatziki?

A non-terry cloth towel will work, or just use your hands and place cucumber shreds on paper towels after to help soak some of the juice. I’ve tried coffee filters and paper towels, but they all rip.

Can I use canned chicken in this recipe?

If you like canned chicken, yes. In my opinion, canned chicken is dry. I prefer rotisserie chicken for an easy option. Or use leftover chicken.

What’s in Everything Bagel Seasoning?

Poppy seeds, toasted sesame seeds, dried garlic, dried onion, and salt.

Chicken Salad with Tzatziki served on a wooden platter with cucumber slices, crackers, and naan.
Cool and refreshing, this chicken salad will be your new favorite.
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Chicken salad with tzatziki served on a platter with cucumbers, crackers, and pita.

Chicken Salad with Tzatziki

Sara Walkenbach
Keep cool with this refreshing chicken salad. It's full of crisp cucumbers, chicken, feta, and spices. Perfect for a picnic, appetizer, or snack.
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Greek
Servings 5 servings
Calories 263 kcal


  • 2 cups Plain Greek Yogurt Fage 2% or 5%
  • 1 English Cucumber or regular
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 clove Garlic minced or microplaned
  • 1 tbsp Fresh Dill chopped
  • 2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil extra virgin
  • 2 tbsp Everything Bagel Seasoning
  • 4 oz Feta crumbles
  • 2 cups Rotisserie Chicken Breast chopped


  • If not using an English Cucumber or home grown, peel waxy skin off cucumber. Place a tea towel under a box grater. Shred the cucumber on to towel.
  • Twist the ends of the tea towel together. Over a bowl, squeeze out excess water from cucumber. Discard cucumber water (or make a drink with it).
  • In a medium bowl, gently stir or whisk Greek yogurt, lemon juice, olive oil, and vinegar together until incorporated.
  • Add in cucumber shreds, chicken, feta, garlic, dill, everything bagel seasoning. Stir
  • Enjoy on cucumber or tomato slices, in lettuce cups, on crackers or pita, or in a wrap or sandwich.



Store in air-tight container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
If you don’t have Everything Bagel Seasoning substitute: 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon granulated onion. (Bonus is you have: 1 tablespoon poppyseeds, 1 tablespoon sesame seeds).


Serving: 1cupCalories: 263kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 30gFat: 12gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 73mgSodium: 655mgPotassium: 281mgFiber: 1gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 234IUVitamin C: 13mgCalcium: 243mgIron: 1mg
Keyword chicken salad, Chicken Salad with Tzatziki, cucumber sauce, cucumbers and feta, everything bagel seasoning, homemade tzatziki sauce
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    1. Author

      It’s a great brunch dish! So glad you like it.

5 from 1 vote

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