curry chicken salad

curried chicken salad by Nate Everett


You'll find a thousand chicken salad recipes on the internet, but I must (biasedly) say that this one is my favorite-- it's the curry. Gives it a little somethin' extra.

I grew up on curried chicken salad. It was a go-to meal in my household for weeknight suppers and large parties because you can make big batches in advance and the medley of flavors is a crowd pleaser. It's definitely a multi-seasonal kinda dish, but I'm sharing it with you now because there is something about the apples and raisins that captures the essence of autumn eating. 

This recipe includes a foolproof way to poach chicken breast. I encourage you to try it, but if you already have a preferred method, then feel free to skip ahead to step #2.



for the chicken salad:

  • 4 cups poached chicken breast, pulled into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup apples, diced
  • 1 cup celery, thinly-sliced crosswise 
  • 1 cup seedless green grapes, halved
  • ½ cup pecans, broken into pieces
  • ½ cup golden raisins
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

for the curried mayonaise: 

  • 1 cup homemade mayonnaise
  • 1 ¼ teaspoon curry powder
  • 2-3 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • Dash cayenne pepper
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  1. To poach the chicken breasts (or skip ahead to step 2 as per my note above), dissolve 2 tbsp kosher salt in six cups of cold water. Submerge three boneless, skinless chicken breasts and cook on medium heat until the water registers 165°F. Immediately remove from heat and cover with a tight-fitting lid. Allow to sit covered for 15-17 minutes. Drain and pat dry with paper towels.
  2. Have all the ingredients chopped, measured out and ready to go. 
  3. Put the ingredients for the chicken salad in a large bowl. Mix several times with a spatula to combine.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk together the ingredients for the curry mayonnaise until evenly blended. Scoop the mayo mixture onto the chicken salad and toss together the ingredients with a spatula until evenly coated/combined.

If you make this recipe, hashtag a pic to #spiceandhutch and post to Instagram, Facebook and/or Twitter. I'd love to see your culinary creations!