Curry Chicken Salad

06.14.2018

A hot summertime lunch means one thing, bring on the chilled chicken salad! This Curry Chicken Salad is a step up from the classic chicken salad because it’s brimming with those flavorful middle eastern spices, it’s also lightened up by using Greek yogurt in place of most of the mayo. Everyone will be wondering what makes it so good!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.

Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad with a Homemade Spice Blend

With most of the Curry Chicken Salad Recipes out there you’ll find that they call for “curry powder.” I’m actually not a big fan of pre-blended curry powders. For a number of reasons.

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They are all different among each brand so if I tell you to use curry powder but my curry powder had 4 different ingredients than yours it’s not going to taste the same. I also prefer to add as much heat as I like (because my kids don’t tolerate it well) and most curry powders are SPICY!

So a homemade blend it is here that’s perfectly fitting for this recipe. This blend uses coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardamom and/or nutmeg, and cayenne.

Ingredients Needed for this Recipe

  • Cooked chicken breasts
  • Grapes
  • Celery
  • Slice almonds
  • Green onions
  • Cilantro
  • Greek yogurt
  • Mayonnaise
  • Lemon juice
  • Honey
  • Spices: coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardamom, salt and pepper

Curry Chicken Salad ingredients

How to Make Curry Chicken Salad

If you don’t already have leftover cooked chicken then you can either use rotisserie chicken or roast chicken breasts yourself.

To do so preheat oven to 400 degrees, spray a rimmed baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray. Pound chicken breasts to an even thickness and brush lightly with olive oil, season with salt and pepper then roast in preheated oven about 15 – 20 minutes until breasts register 165 degrees in center. Chill completely then dice.

Curry Chicken Salad dressing mixture

Then whisk together all of the dressing ingredients in a bowl. In a separate bowl add all the chicken salad ingredients including chilled cooked chicken, celery, grapes, green onions, sliced almond and cilantro.

Curry Chicken Salad

Pour the dressing over the chicken salad and toss to evenly coat. Serve in bread, croissants, bagels, sandwich thins, pita, over naan, in a tortilla or as lettuce wraps.

Curry Chicken Salad tossed together with dressing in bowl

Quality Ingredients for a Quality End Result

For this chicken salad recipe I use Fisher Almonds. They are my go-to brand for almonds (for dinners, snacks, desserts and everything in between). This is my third year in partnership with Fisher!

I choose to work with Fisher because I love the quality and flavor of their products and I love that their nuts are preservative free and non-GMO project verified. I also love the convenient stand up resealable packaging that helps the nuts stay fresher longer.

You can visit www.FisherNuts.com for more recipe inspiration. You can also purchase them on their Amazon Page.

Curry Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad in Bread or as a Lettuce Wrap

I love this chicken salad in both bread or as lettuce wraps. If you are looking to cut carbs go for the lettuce wraps. It still makes such a filling lunch with less carbs and calories. Either way though you’ll end up with a perfectly tasty and satisfying lunch!

Curry Chicken Salad

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Curry Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote

This is a deliciously flavorful twist on the classic chicken salad! It's taken up a notch with those aromatic Middle Eastern spices, and it's lightened up by using Greek yogurt for most of the mayo. Perfect served in bread or lettuce leaves.

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 364 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups cooked diced boneless skinless chicken breasts, chilled
  • 1 cup small grapes, halved
  • 3/4 cup diced celery
  • 1/2 cup Fisher Sliced Almonds
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions
  • 3 Tbsp chopped cilantro (optional)

Dressing

  • 2/3 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
  • 3 Tbsp full fat mayonnaise
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 Tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 3/4 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp (heaping) turmeric
  • 1 pinch ground cardamom or nutmeg, and cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, lemon juice, honey, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric, cardamom and cayenne pepper. 

  2. Season dressing with salt and pepper to taste.

  3. Add chicken, grapes, celery, almonds, green onions and cilantro to a large bowl then pour dressing over top.

  4. Toss to evenly coat. Serve in lettuce, whole wheat tortillas, croissants, bread, etc.

  5. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Curry Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 364 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 26%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 80mg 27%
Sodium 161mg 7%
Potassium 510mg 15%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 12g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 4.5%
Vitamin C 6.9%
Calcium 10.6%
Iron 11.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Fisher. The opinions and text are all mine.

Curry Chicken Salad - so much more flavor than the classic chicken salad. Definitely a recipe I'll make again and again in the summer! #chicken #salad #curry #summer #recipe #chickensalad #picnic #lunch

6 comments

  • DeVon Fromke: Jaclyn,

    Great recipe that we will definitely have many more times. Made it exactly as the recipe called for and wouldn’t change a thing next time. Spice selection was much better than just using curry. I did make the dressing an hour before putting all together.

    DeVon June 16, 2018 at 1:11pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked my curry chicken salad recipe DeVon! Thanks for the great review! June 16, 2018 at 2:51pm Reply

  • Robyn Gibson: Hi there, how can it be called “curry” chicken and not contain “curry”? June 17, 2018 at 8:45am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes curry is generally an Indian type stew with spices meat veggies etc but here this uses those traditional curry spices so it borrows that title. June 17, 2018 at 3:38pm Reply

      • Robyn Gibson: I thought it might be something like that; just checking for sure. thx ;) June 17, 2018 at 6:39pm Reply

        • Jaclyn: Yeah no problem :). June 18, 2018 at 10:51am Reply

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