From the Recipe Box: Curry Chicken Salad

by kitchenarian on January 8, 2011

Every summer and every New Year’s holiday for the past 10 years or so we have vacationed with friends at their beach house. These have been some of the best times ever. Two families – four adults and seven children celebrating life, friendship and good food. Good times indeed. There is a small local sandwich shop, Taste, that serves the best sandwiches and the most incredible curry chicken salad. Every time we go to the beach, we are guaranteed to get sandwiches from this local sandwich shop. We start talking about it before we even get there.

Because of this, I have been on the search for a great curry chicken salad recipe. While I know I can never quite duplicate the actual chicken salad from Taste, I have found a recipe that I tweaked a bit and consider delicious enough to tell you about.

If you don’t like curry, you will not like this because it gives quite a curry punch. You can decrease the amount, if you must, but I don’t recommend it. If you don’t like curry, you can walk away at this point, you won’t hurt my feelings.  Anyway, on to the recipe.

Here is a link to the original recipe from epicurious.com – I have taken some liberties by removing some of their ingredients and tweaking some other ingredients.

Ingredients:

2 cups chicken broth
1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless organic chicken breasts
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup plain greek yogurt
5 teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
1 teaspoon organic honey
½ medium red onion, finely diced
1 cup red seedless grapes, chopped
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper

Every once in a while I read a recipe and learn a new technique that alters my cooking style and rocks my (cooking) world. This recipe did just that. Put 4 cups of water in a large saucepan and add the chicken broth; simmer. Cook the chicken breasts in water/broth for 6 minutes then cover, take off the heat and let sit for 15 minutes. The chicken breasts were perfect. Cooking them in the broth added more flavor and they were so moist. I have been boiling my chicken breasts for years, and I mean boiling them in a fierce rolling boil. This is the gentle approach; I love it! There it is, my new favorite technique.

Remove the chicken to a cutting board and cool for 10 minutes then dice into small pieces. While the chicken is cooling, whisk mayonnaise, yogurt and remaining spices in a large bowl.  Mix in chicken, onions and grapes.   I recommend refrigerating for several hours or overnight to let the flavors really blend together.

Kitchenarian Notes: Made this way, this chicken salad is “wet” with a lot of sauce. I hate dry chicken salad and I found that it soaks into the chicken a bit and loses a lot of the excess sauciness overnight. Also the extra curry sauce gets soaked up by the bread or the crackers when you serve it. You could add another chicken breast to the sauce if you like it drier.

Enjoy!

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thoma January 8, 2011 at 9:01 pm

oh this recipe rocks! a lovely add to my salad folder. thank you!!

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Dimah January 9, 2011 at 10:29 am

Wow, this looks so scrumptious!

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Chris January 9, 2011 at 10:58 am

This sounds very tasty! Thanks for posting. I’ve always made mine with chopped dried apricots.

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Irena January 9, 2011 at 12:17 pm

Where to begin…love cold chicken salads….have to add this recipe to the list…approach with the broth is very valuable..I do the same way…thanks for posting:)

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kateiscooking January 9, 2011 at 2:40 pm

My mouth is watering! I love Chris’ idea to add the dried apricots. We’ll have this for lunch soon.

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Jean January 9, 2011 at 4:20 pm

I keep meaning to try my hand at curried chicken salad at home but I never do it. This version looks great. I love a big curry kick!

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Kristi Rimkus January 9, 2011 at 7:04 pm

My mother and I had a salad like this at a local tea house. We’ve been trying to find a recipe ever since. Thank you!

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briarrose January 9, 2011 at 8:38 pm

Oh yum…..delicious, flavorful chicken salad. I have a sudden craving. 😉

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Evan @swEEts January 10, 2011 at 10:09 pm

I love adding a little curry to my chicken salad but I think I’m going to have to try this recipe very soon.. it sounds absolutely delicious!

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