Healthy Curried Chicken Salad

by Pamela

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Let’s take a look at easy chicken salad. It’s really quite simple: chicken, mayo, celery, a little salt and a little pepper. That’s it, at it’s most basic level.  Then we go and “make it our own” by adding in assorted fruits, nuts and all sorts of seasonings.  That’s where people have their personal likes and dislikes with chicken salad.  I can honestly say, that I’m one of those people that will eat almost any kind of chicken salad that’s put in front of me. I have yet to try one that I just could not eat. Then again, I grew up eating chicken salad as a meal that was made up exclusively of leftovers. Chicken salad, at our house, was never something that was made up special. It was pretty much the refrigerator cleaner upper.

At our house now, I will get cravings for the stuff and make it up specifically so that I can eat it for both lunch and dinner for at least a couple of days in a row (I don’t mess around with my cravings.).  But it is still a great dish to help clean out that refrigerator that seems to get bits and blobs of things leftover in containers that are crammed into every nook and cranny.

Remember that cauliflower steak I made?  No, there’s no cauliflower in this, although I do try to sneak that veggie into all kinds of things, so it would probably work here too.  I had some of that curry sauce left over, that I just couldn’t bear to toss out, so I thought I’d make a curried chicken salad recipe out of it.  Let the chicken salad purists start the rebelling.

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Easy chicken salad is kind of one of those DUH phrases.  I mean, chicken salad is easy, that’s one of the main reasons why we make it and love eating it so much.  For this one I went full on in curry mode.  You’ve got the curry sauce, chopped pineapple, celery, almonds, cranberries (ok-that one might not be too legit with the curry), coconut and tangy yogurt in place of the mayonnaise.  So not only is this an easy and delicious recipe, it’s a healthy chicken salad recipe too.

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Recipe: Healthy Curried Chicken Salad Recipe

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Chopped Chicken (boiled, baked, fried or grilled)
  • 1/8 Cup Dried Cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Almonds
  • 1/4 Cup Chopped Celery
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Pineapple
  • 1/2 Cup Chopped Green Grapes
  • 2 Tablespoons Curry Sauce (from cauliflower steak recipe)
  • 1/3 Cup Plain Nonfat Plain Yogurt
  • Kosher Salt
  • Fresh Ground Black Pepper

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, add first 6 ingredients.
  2. Add the curry sauce and yogurt to the bowl. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  3. Add salt and pepper to taste and stir to combine.
  4. Serve with crackers, lettuce leaves or bread.

Notes

I used grilled chicken in this recipe.

Variations

The great thing about chicken salad recipes is that you can adjust them to your own liking. Feel free to play with the ingredients and quantities any way you wish.

Cooking time (duration): 15 minutes

Diet (other): Low calorie, Reduced fat

Number of servings (yield): 4

Meal type: lunch

Culinary tradition: USA (General)

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7 comments

Barbara | VinoLuciStyle March 1, 2011 at 10:17 am

I actually have a recipe for curry chicken salad; not unlike this, it has grapes and nuts in it. I love it so much…nothing else comes close! Like you I just like chicken salad and will eat almost any version but I would like to find the person that thought it would be a good fit for relish; that I can live without!

The Duo Dishes March 1, 2011 at 9:17 am

It’s the complex flavors that make curried salad better than the usual. Though they’re both good at the end of the day.

lisaiscooking March 1, 2011 at 9:01 am

I’ve never made a curry version of chicken salad, but I do make extra chicken just so I can turn leftovers into salad. Next time, I have to try it with curry sauce!

julia March 1, 2011 at 8:59 am

I mean really, what is a ‘pure’ chicken salad anyway? You always gotta add fruits and veggies, there’s no other way :) This looks awesome!

Belinda @zomppa February 28, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Love the simplicity of chicken salad. Doh, Tron!!! =)

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