Curry Chicken Salad

CURRY CHICKEN SALAD

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Your taste buds are in for a flavor explosion with this curry chicken salad! This refreshing salad combines juicy chunks of chicken, crisp apples, and the subtle sweetness of golden raisins. The curry-infused Greek yogurt sauce adds a zesty flavor to this chicken salad, creating a balance of savory and tangy flavors. This curry chicken salad is a fantastic lunch, dinner, or snack. Top it on a green salad, turn it into a sandwich, or enjoy a scoop for a quick snack or lunch. I love to keep this flavorful chicken salad on hand for meal prep throughout the week.

Why You Will Love Curry Chicken Salad

  • This curry chicken salad is easy to make.
  • It is incredibly delicious and flavorful.
  • The curry flavor comes through in each bite.
  • The sauce is creamy and full of flavor from the curry powder.
  • It is healthy and comes together quickly for an effortless meal.

Ingredients Needed

Ingredients for curry chicken salad
  • Chicken: Use fully cooked chicken breast in this recipe.
  • Apple: Dice an apple for flavor and crunch. We used a pink lady apple because of its tangy yet sweet flavors. Use a Granny Smith apple for an even more tangy and tart flavor.
  • Celery: Dice the celery. It adds crunch to the chicken salad.
  • Green Onions: Slice the green onions.
  • Raisins: Golden raisins add a sweet burst of flavor to this curry chicken salad. Roughly chop the raisins before adding them.
  • Greek Yogurt: The base of the sauce is 0-fat Greek yogurt.
  • Mayonnaise: As an option, add a small amount of mayonnaise for more flavor and creaminess in the sauce. If you don’t want to add mayonnaise, just use the Greek yogurt.
  • Curry Powder: This chicken salad gets its crave-worthy flavor from the curry powder. Use yellow curry powder in this recipe. You can adjust the amount you add depending on taste.
  • Garlic Powder: Adds flavor to the sauce.
  • Onion Powder: Adds another layer of flavor to the sauce.
  • Salt: A small amount of salt to bring out all the flavors.
  • Lemon Juice: A small amount of freshly squeezed lemon juice brightens the flavor.

What Chicken To Use For Curry Chicken Salad

Use any fully cooked chicken breast in this recipe. Once cooked, cube the chicken breast or chop it into small bite-sized pieces. Or, you can use rinsed and drained canned chicken breast, shredded chicken, or rotisserie chicken. There are so many options, and you can use any of these that you have on hand.

How To Make Curry Chicken Salad

Step 1: Roughly chop the golden raisins, dice the apple, chop the celery, and slice the green onions. We like to roughly chop the raisins to evenly distribute the flavor without having to use more.

Roughly chopped golden raisins

Step 2: Rinse and drain the fully cooked canned chicken breast. Or, use half a pound of cubed fully cooked chicken breast.

Step 3: Add the fully cooked chicken, apple, golden raisins, celery, and green onions to a large bowl.

Curry chicken salad ingredients in bowl

Step 4: Add the 0-fat Greek yogurt, optional mayonnaise, yellow curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and lemon juice to a separate bowl. Then, thoroughly mix.

Step 5: Add the sauce to the chicken salad and thoroughly mix. Serve this salad chilled or after making it.

How To Serve Curry Chicken Salad

Serve this curry chicken salad right after making it, or serve it chilled. Keep it refrigerated until ready to serve if you are not serving it right away. Here are some of our favorite ways to serve this curry chicken salad:

  • Sandwich: Make a sandwich with this curry chicken salad and your favorite bread or croissant.
  • Lettuce Wrap: Make lettuce wraps with this chicken salad. Scoop the salad onto large lettuce leaves.
  • Over Greens: Serve some of it over a bed of lettuce, mixed greens, or spinach.
  • Crackers: Dig into this chicken salad with crackers, vegetables, or pita chips.
  • Pita or Naan Bread: Stuff halved pita pockets with this curry chicken salad. Or, serve it with naan bread.
  • In A Bowl: Enjoy this curry chicken salad right out of the bowl.

Expert Tips

  • How Much Curry Powder To Use: Taste the salad and determine if you need to add more curry powder. Start with two teaspoons of curry powder and add another teaspoon if preferred. It depends on the intensity of the flavor you want. Also, the amount to add depends on the curry powder you use. Some have a stronger flavor than others.
  • Chop The Raisins: It is best to roughly chop the golden raisins to distribute them more evenly in the salad. We like to do this to maximize the flavor without having to use more raisins.
  • Mix Thoroughly: Ensure you thoroughly mix the sauce. It helps evenly distribute the curry flavor.
  • Combination of Mayonnaise and Greek Yogurt: The base of the sauce is Greek yogurt, but adding a touch of mayonnaise can add flavor. Even a teaspoon of mayonnaise adds to the depth of flavor and creaminess. If you prefer, add more mayonnaise and reduce the amount of Greek yogurt, or just use Greek yogurt.

Storage Instructions

Store leftover curry chicken salad in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Variations

  • Raisins To Use: We love the flavor of golden raisins in this recipe. If you don’t have them, you can use regular raisins instead.
  • Substitution For Raisins: You can replace the raisins with dried cranberries or dried cherries.
  • Add Grapes: Add 1/2 cup of sliced red or green grapes in addition to or instead of raisins.
  • Apple To Use: This chicken salad is delicious with a diced pink lady or Granny Smith apple.
  • Green Onions Substitution: If you don’t have green onions, replace them with 1/4 cup of diced sweet, white, or red onion.
  • Add Nuts: Add a handful of chopped nuts, such as walnuts, cashews, or almonds.
  • Add Fresh Herbs: Mix in one tablespoon of chopped cilantro or parsley for added fresh flavor.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Curry Chicken Salad Healthy?

This curry chicken salad is made with healthier ingredients. We only used one teaspoon of mayonnaise, and you can omit it altogether if you prefer. The base of the sauce is Greek yogurt, which lightens up this recipe while adding creaminess. Greek yogurt is the perfect base for the sauce because it allows the flavor of the curry powder to shine through.

What Does Curry Chicken Salad Taste Like?

Curry chicken salad has a unique and distinct flavor profile. It combines tender chicken with the savory flavors of curry. The curry powder adds flavor, while the Greek yogurt provides creaminess. This curry chicken salad contains crisp apples, crunchy celery, and sweet raisins for texture and added layers of flavor.

Is Curry Chicken Salad Gluten-Free?

Yes, this curry chicken salad recipe is naturally gluten-free.

How Long Does It Last?

This curry chicken salad will last up to four days when stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

Can I Make Curry Chicken Salad Ahead Of Time?

Yes, you can make this curry chicken salad ahead of time. It is perfect for meal prep! Store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to serve. Enjoy it within three to four days of making it.

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CURRY CHICKEN SALAD

Recipe by Shawna
5.0 from 4 votes
Course: SaladsCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Easy
Servings

4

servings
Prep time

10

minutes
Cooking time

1

minute
Calories

220

kcal

This curry chicken salad combines juicy chunks of chicken, crisp apples, and the subtle sweetness of golden raisins with a curry-infused Greek yogurt sauce.

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Ingredients

  • 12.5 ounces of canned cooked chicken breast (7 oz drained) or 1/2 pound of cubed or shredded cooked chicken breast

  • 1 large pink lady or Granny Smith apple, about 1 CUP diced

  • 1/2 CUP golden raisins

  • 1/3 CUP diced celery

  • 1/4 CUP sliced green onions

  • For The Sauce
  • 3/4 CUP 0-fat Greek yogurt

  • 1 teaspoon mayonnaise, optional

  • 2-3 teaspoons yellow curry powder, depending on taste

  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

Directions

  • Roughly chop the golden raisins, dice the apple, chop the celery, and slice the green onions.
  • Rinse and drain the fully cooked canned chicken breast. Or, use half a pound of cubed or shredded fully cooked chicken breast.
  • Add the fully cooked chicken, apple, golden raisins, celery, and green onions to a large bowl.
  • Add the 0-fat Greek yogurt, optional mayonnaise, yellow curry powder, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and lemon juice to a separate bowl. Then, thoroughly mix the sauce.
  • Add the sauce to the chicken salad and thoroughly mix. Serve this curry chicken salad chilled or after making it.

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Notes

  • Start with two teaspoons of curry powder and add an additional teaspoon if preferred.
  • Roughly chop the raisins to evenly distribute them throughout the salad. We like to do this to maximize the flavor without having to use more raisins.
  • The WW points and calories do not include mayonnaise.
  • WW Points™: 2 points per serving
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Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container


  • Amount Per ServingCalories220
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 2g 4%
    • Saturated Fat 0.1g 0%
  • Cholesterol 81mg 27%
  • Sodium 647mg 27%
  • Total Carbohydrate 25.3g 9%
    • Dietary Fiber 2.8g 8%
    • Sugars 18.6g
  • Protein 28.2g 57%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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