Low carb copycat Neiman Marcus Chicken salad is creamy chicken perfection without a lot of carbs. Lowcarb-ology.com

Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

This chicken salad is a low carb, copycat version of the Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad recipe from the 1960s. Chunks of chicken breast, sliced celery, and pecans are mixed into a rich, creamy dressing that is out of this world.

For this recipe you’ll need: Mayonnaise, xylitol, cleery, pecans, parsley, kosher salt, heavy whipping cream, pepper, and smoked paprika.

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Low carb copycat Neiman Marcus chicken salad is adapted from Helen Corbitts cookbook and has all the yum without all the carbs. lowcarb-ology.com

If you are not a Texan you may not know who Helen Corbitt was. She was the Julia Child of the South — at least as far as I am concerned. She was the Director of Food Services for Neiman Marcus and her dishes were spectacular. From her popovers with strawberry butter (which you can still get at the Dallas Neiman’s restaurant) to her chicken salad. Now, all of the recipes I’ve seen for Helen Corbitt’s chicken salad call for almonds but I swear to you I remember pecans.

The one thing that I couldn’t adjust for were the red grapes. They add so much flavor to this dish but they aren’t very low carb. What I have done is added a little extra sweetener to the dressing to compensate. If you are allowed higher carbs and can eat berries try raspberries or strawberries in this, I imagine it would be great.

I’ve had chicken salad in probably every region of the United States but I have never found one I liked better than the Neiman Marcus chicken salad. Tender chicken, crunchy celery, buttery pecans… all enveloped in a light, rich dressing.

Low carb copycat Neiman Marcus Chicken salad is creamy chicken perfection without a lot of carbs. Lowcarb-ology.com

So good!

Here are a couple of tips for making chicken salad.

  1. Don’t ever substitute Miracle Whip for Mayo. Just don’t.
  2. Don’t use dark meat chicken. Always use breast meat only.
  3. Don’t shred the chicken. Always cut it in bit sized cubes.
  4. Take the time to roast the pecans before using.
  5. Do not just add the cream without whipping it.
  6. Serve it ice cold.
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Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad

Creamy rich chicken salad, Texas style with pecans and celery, a vintage recipe that used to be served at the Zodiac Room in Neiman’s Dallas. This version has been adjusted for low carbs.
Course Salad
Cuisine low carb
Keyword chicken, salad
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 6 servings
Calories 506kcal
Author Katherine Peters


  • 1 pound cooked chicken breasts cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup xylitol or preferred 0 carb sweetener
  • 1 cup thinly sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup pecans , chopped and toasted
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • Smoked paprika to garnish


  • Whip the cream and set aside (do not sweeten it)
  • Mix the mayonnaise, salt, and sweetener. Set aside.
  • Add the chicken, pecans, and celery to a bowl.
  • Mix in the mayonnaise mixture until the ingredients are coated.
  • Add black pepper to taste.
  • Fold in the whipped heavy cream and parsley.
  • Sprinkle smoked paprika over the top and serve on a bed of lettuce or baby spinach.


Do NOT substitute Miracle Whip for Mayo! 6 servings


Calories: 506kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 43g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 701mg | Potassium: 293mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 465IU | Vitamin C: 1.4mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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7 thoughts on “Neiman Marcus Chicken Salad”

  1. 5 stars
    I was employed by Neiman Marcus
    The delicious chicken salad had almonds
    The delicious tuna salad had pecans
    Scoop of tuna or chicken on lettuce was my lunch everyday
    The popovers with strawberry bread delicious

    1. Thank you Reggie ! So glad you enjoyed the Tuna salad. Really means a lot coming from you since you are so experienced with the real thing. Happy cooking and creating !

  2. 5 stars
    I am getting addicted to your recipes—-enough so that I’m going to have to order one of your low carb cookbooks … I have one question though, I have a hard time finding the nutrition label with most of these recipes on your site.. Is there a trick to where it is with each recipe?

    Thank you for what must be endless hours of testing and posting these fabulous recipes that make “Low Carb recipes” feel and taste like “down home”.

    1. It serves up to 6. Sometimes if I am very hungry… just 1. For some reason the serving sizes have all disappeared on my recipes. :/

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