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Simple Curry Chicken Salad

Simple Curry Chicken Salad is a lightened up version of classic chicken salad with rich, warm curry added in. Shredded chicken is mixed together with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and curry and then combined with golden raisins, shredded carrots, chopped celery, fresh green onion and parsley.  This is a nice option for a picnic, weekly lunches or a shower or brunch!

Simple Curry Chicken Salad is a lightened up version of classic chicken salad with rich, warm curry added in. Shredded chicken is mixed together with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and curry and then combined with golden raisins, shredded carrots, chopped celery, fresh green onion and parsley. This is a nice option for a picnic, weekly lunches or a shower or brunch!

SIMPLE CURRY CHICKEN SALAD

Chicken salad is one of my go-to lunches that I can prep ahead of time and have on hand when days get busy. If you like a classic chicken salad recipe I think you will love this twist using curry. 

This Simple Curry Chicken Salad is top of my list when it comes to chicken salad recipes. Nothing beats a homemade chicken salad.

I make this a lot and had to share it with you guys since it makes a perfect dish for picnics and weekly summer lunches.

I love curry as you can tell by some of my recipes like Curry Roasted Cauliflower, Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken and this Butternut Squash Chickpea Coconut Curry.

There is something about the warm flavor that curry brings to a dish that I just love.

In this chicken salad the curry warms up the salad and adds a nice flavor.

I paired this chicken salad with golden raisins {try regular raisins or dried cranberries if you like}, silvered almonds, shredded carrots, crunchy celery and fresh parsley and green onions.

The dressing in this chicken salad is a mixture of Greek yogurt, mayonnaise and honey mixed together with the curry.

Simple Curry Chicken Salad is a lightened up version of classic chicken salad with rich, warm curry added in. Shredded chicken is mixed together with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and curry and then combined with golden raisins, shredded carrots, chopped celery, fresh green onion and parsley. This is a nice option for a picnic, weekly lunches or a shower or brunch!

I love using Greek yogurt in chicken salads because it lightens it up but keeps it creamy and adds a nice tangy flavor.

If Greek yogurt isn’t your thing you can use sour cream in its place or go for half sour cream and half creamy mayo.

It really depends on your tastes and how “lightened up” you want it to be.

I like to use a rotisserie chicken that I buy at the store to make this recipe super simple. 

If you leftover chicken you can use that or poach chicken, which is an easy, quick way to cook chicken.

I eat this Simple Curry Chicken Salad in a variety ways including on a sandwich, on a salad greens or in lettuce wraps for lunch or dinner.

I also like to make this salad for picnics or a quick lunch. It is a great meal prep option to make on Sundays for the week ahead.

If the shower or brunch is a fancy affair I like to include croissants to put the chicken salad on.

Simple Curry Chicken Salad is a lightened up version of classic chicken salad with rich, warm curry added in. Shredded chicken is mixed together with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and curry and then combined with golden raisins, shredded carrots, chopped celery, fresh green onion and parsley. This is a nice option for a picnic, weekly lunches or a shower or brunch!

As is true with many of my recipes, this Simple Curry Chicken Salad is very customizable to your tastes.

The nice thing with a chicken salad recipe is you can try something new each time you make it.

One combination I really enjoy is adding pecans instead of almonds and dried cranberries in place of raisins.

If you love chicken salad as much as I do, this is a recipe to add to your rotation! I promise you won’t be disappointed and it is so easy to make. Just put everything in a large bowl, mix and you have a hearty meal. 

WAYS TO MODIFY THIS CURRY CHICKEN SALAD RECIPE 

VEGETABLES: Other vegetables work great in this salad including bell pepper, red onion, green onion, radish, broccoli or tomato. 

CHEESE: You can add cheese to this salad which is a great option. I like feta or goat cheese a lot. 

SPICES: There are a variety of spices you can add to this chicken salad. Try cayenne red pepper, oregano, Greek seasoning or Italian seasoning. 

CITRUS: You could add a touch of lime juice or lemon juice.

HERBS: Fresh herbs always take these salads up to the next level. Try fresh parsley, basil or mint. 

NUTS & SEEDS: Nuts and seeds are a nice addition. Try crunchy cashews, sliced almonds, sesame seeds, sunflower seeds or pistachios. 

OTHER INGREDIENTS: There are a variety of other ingredients that would be nice in this salad. Try chopped olives, red grapes or chopped apples, roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, artichokes or banana peppers.

Curry Chicken Salad with logo.

OTHER CHICKEN RECIPES YOU MIGHT LIKE:

EASY CHICKEN SLIDERS 

AIR FRYER CHICKEN TENDERS 

MOROCCAN CHICKEN THIGHS

HEALTHY CHICKEN FINGERS 

GREEK MARINATED CHICKEN

GREEK LEMON CHICKEN

Simple Curry Chicken Salad is a lightened up version of classic chicken salad with rich, warm curry added in. Shredded chicken is mixed together with Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and curry and then combined with golden raisins, shredded carrots, chopped celery, fresh green onion and parsley. This is a nice option for a picnic, weekly lunches or a shower or brunch!

Simple Curry Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded chicken {about 1 1/2 pounds}
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 teaspoons curry
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 silvered almonds {or chopped almonds}
  • 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 green onions, green parts chopped
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped

Instructions

  1. In a large mixing bowl combine the shredded chicken, Greek yogurt, mayonnaise, honey and curry and stir until the chicken is coated with the yogurt mixture.
  2. Add the raisins, almonds, carrots, celery and mix well. Add the green onions and parsley and gently stir.
  3. Serve the chicken salad on a bed of greens, in a lettuce wrap or on a sandwich. Refrigerate the remaining chicken salad in a sealed container.

Notes

I like to use a rotisserie chicken and pull the meat off for a quick and easy chicken salad. You can also use any leftover chicken you have or easily poach chicken and shred that.

If you don't like Greek yogurt you can also use sour cream and mayonnaise or any combination you like. For example, you could do 1/2 cup mayonnaise and 1/2 cup sour cream.

Try adding a different nut, like walnuts or pecans.

Other dried fruit works great-try regular raisins or dried cranberries.

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Hi what curry do you use? Powder, sauce and what heat?

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Sorry I use curry powder in my salad. When you say heat are you referring to the spice level?

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