Chicken Mozzarella Salad with Fennel & Lemon (Keto)

Many readers are looking for packed lunch options. I apologise I don’t have too many of those: I work from home most days, so I am normally nibbling at the dishes I shoot for clients (or indeed for this blog). But, I have heard you! Here, I have breathed a little life into the standard ‘chicken salad’, making it exciting and packed with interesting flavours. I suggest using up leftover grilled chicken for this recipe (or even store-bought cooked chicken pieces will work great) and have offered a few handy tips on how to take to work and quickly assemble in seconds when lunchtime comes around. Enjoy!

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Carbs 3.5g | Fat 37g | Protein 52g
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Chicken Mozzarella Salad with Fennel & Lemon (Keto)

A delicious chicken salad offering interesting flavours from toasted fennel seeds, lemon zest and shredded basil. A perfect packed lunch option for busy days. (For my UK readers, scroll to the end of the recipe to see image ads of the products I use.)
Course Light Meals, Salad
Cuisine General
Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1 serving


  • 1 tsp fennel seeds
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) baby mozzarella balls, (also called mozzarella pearls)
  • 50 g (1.8 oz) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 2 large fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 lemon, finely grated zest only
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 piece grilled chicken (with skin), shredded or sliced
  • generous handful mixed salad leaves


  • Toast the fennel seeds in a hot, dry pan until fragrant.
  • Place the mozzarella pearls, halved cherry tomatoes, crushed garlic (use a garlic press), sliced basil leaves, finely grated lemon zest (use a microplane), toasted fennel seeds and olive oil into a bowl. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper and mix well.
  • **At this point, you could store this mixture in a Tupperware and take to work with you so you can quickly assemble the salad at your workplace (with your cooked chicken and leaves in a separate container). I don't advise combining it all beforehand as the dressing will make your salad leaves soggy by lunchtime **
  • When lunchtime comes around, simply combine the marinated mixture with the cooked chicken pieces and salad leaves. Use up all the drizzle to coat the salad leaves. Yum!

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Calories: 554kcal | Carbohydrates: 3.5g | Protein: 52g | Fat: 37g

Chicken Mozzarella Salad with Fennel & Lemon (Keto)
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Nutritional Information per serving
Calories                         554Kcal / 2318kJ
Fat                                 37g
Carbohydrates               3.5g
Protein                           52g


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