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Curry Chicken Salad


Hi there!

How are you this fine Wednesday? Hope you’re doing well!

Oh, did I tell you how pretty you look today? I love that outfit you’re wearing.

We had a nice little teaser of warm weather yesterday in DC. It was up to a scorching 59 degrees. I even busted out my flip flops… but my shoes were back on as soon as I realized I haven’t had a pedicure in 3 months… need to put that on my to-do-list.

And in case you were wondering, I still haven’t cleaned out my closet.

Ok, enough rambling.

Over the weekend I roasted a chicken. I like to make bigger meals on the weekend so we have plenty of good food on hand during the week. I de-boned the chicken and decided to make some Curry Chicken Salad. The beauty about this salad is the longer its in the fridge, the better it tastes. The flavors of the curry just get better and better.

For the Sauce, you want to mix 1 cup light mayo, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 tablespoons prepared mango chutney, 2 teaspoons curry powder, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, and salt to taste.


You want to roast 1/2 cup slivered almonds. I just put them in the oven on broil for 5 minutes. Then let them cool.

1/2 cup celery and 1/3 cup raisins

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One roasted chicken, chopped up or shredded.

Mix everything up in a bowl and refrigerate for a couple of hours so the flavors in the sauce really develop.

I love eating this salad in sandwiches, in lettuce wraps, or scooped up with some hearty crackers.


  • 1 cup light mayo
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons prepared mango chutney
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/3 cup raisins
  • 1 roasted chicken chopped or shredded


Mix mayo, soy sauce, mango chutney, curry powder and lemon juice until well blended. Set aside.

Combine celery, raisins, chopped chicken, and dressing. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Enjoy!


Question of the Day?

How do you plan your meals for the week? Do prep or cook during the weekend? I try to plan as much as I can. If I don’t, it’s fend for yourself or take out city….

29 Responses

  1. Angie said on January 20, 2010 at 7:55 am

    Estela- beautiful meal!

    I try to plan my meals for the week- and some weeks are better than others! In the best of weeks, I shop and prep on the weekend…on the worst weeks, I get home at 5 pm and search through the freezer and cupboards for something to throw together.

    This is one thing I’m always continuously working on doing better. Have a great Wednesday, Estela!

  2. Anna@ Newlywed, Newly Veg said on January 20, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I try to plan my meals for the week…but everything inevitably changes!

    I love, love, love chicken salad (I guess faux chicken, now 🙂 ) with grapes and curry…such a delicious combination!

  3. Jessica said on January 20, 2010 at 8:32 am

    Can you beileve I’ve never made ANYTHING curry?! I need to try!

  4. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on January 20, 2010 at 8:53 am

    I always wish I were more on the ball with planning a week’s worth of meals on Sunday. Things always get in the way and I generally wing it each night. I do, however, have an idea of what I want to eat during the week when I make my weekly grocery list.

  5. Ameena said on January 20, 2010 at 9:59 am

    I wish I still at chicken so I could eat this…I used to love chicken salad. I will make it for Ali instead! It looks amazing!

  6. Retta @ RunRettaRun said on January 20, 2010 at 11:10 am

    The salad looks amazing! I try to plan but sometimes with a family of 4, it doesn’t always work out and our older son is so picky!

  7. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on January 20, 2010 at 11:26 am

    this looks heavenly…i adore curry! i usually do larger meals whenever we have a night in (which is rare), and then we eat off of it for lunch & dinner later in the week.

  8. Stef said on January 20, 2010 at 11:34 am

    toasted almonds make everything better! yum yum!

  9. Marisa (Loser for Life) said on January 20, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Estela, that sounds(and looks) so delicious! I love the addition of the raisins!

    Meal planning…yeah, I keep saying I gotta get better at that!

  10. Kelly said on January 20, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Oh yum! That looks fabulous! Thanks for posting. I love chicken salad but this will be a great new twist! 🙂

  11. Beth at DiningAndDishing said on January 20, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I never meal plan although I probably should!! I guess since I’m disorganized it does help me to get creative come dinnertime :). I am discovering new recipes all the time!

  12. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on January 20, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    That curry sauce sounds delicious – I always go the simple route…no wonder I’ve never been extremley impressed with it!
    I always plan my meals, although sometimes they change a bit!

  13. Naomi (onefitfoodie) said on January 20, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    this looks so deicious! I love the addition of toasted slivered almonds 🙂 I have the mango chutney from Trader joes is SO GOOD and would be awesome in this recipe!

  14. The Candid RD said on January 20, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    haha, still procrastinating?!?! Oh well, at least you saved some time to make this FABULOUS creation! I haven’t had chicken salad in so long, and this recipe is perfect. I love curry. Thanks for sharing! Now, get to that closet!

  15. Lu said on January 20, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I never thought about adding mango chutney to chicken salad. It sounds amazing. I love the color too.

  16. The Paris Food Blague said on January 20, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    oh yum…i love raisins with curry.
    a bientot
    The Paris Food Blague

  17. Heather @ Side of Sneakers said on January 20, 2010 at 3:40 pm

    Mmm love the sound of that sauce! Definitely a flavor booster 🙂

  18. Nicole said on January 20, 2010 at 7:01 pm

    I plan our meals over the weekend, definitely. And shop for them. I try and make something a bit more time or labor-intensive on Sundays when I have time.

    The curry looks wonderful! Do pine nuts NOT belong in anything? Love’em!

  19. Simply Life said on January 20, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Oh that combo of ingredients just looks and sounds delicious!

  20. katie said on January 20, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    will you come be my cook at college?!?! 🙂

  21. Amy @ Cheerful Cookery said on January 20, 2010 at 8:40 pm

    I could go on at length on the topic of meal planning. I plan and shop fir a week’s worth of meals on the weekend. I plan a protein, veg, and side for every night (I plan meals like a 50’s housewife) and take into account what’s on sale at the grocery store, try to provide a variety of protein and veggies, and plan quicker meals for weeknight, longer and more labor intensive ones for the weekend. This means I don’t often prep on the weekends because I get my kitchen fill doing the weekend cooking, and want to have some time with my kids! However, I am a big fan of making extra and freezing – right now I have bolognese sauce, homemade pulled pork, and turkey chili waiting to serve, and I plan these freezer meals into my weekly menu.

  22. Bryan said on January 20, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    So awesome! I hope my wife would make one for me at home. I will try to send her the link and see if she gets what I mean. Thanks!

  23. Allie (Live Laugh Eat) said on January 21, 2010 at 12:19 am

    Wow! The components of that salad are perfect!! Almond slices definitely takes it to a whole new level. Mmmmmm.

    About the closet–I totally am in the same boat. I’m a major type A but my closet is more like type Z!

  24. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on January 21, 2010 at 12:30 am

    i chop, wash, and bust a move in the kitchen every free second i bewteen Barney and naps, that’s where you’ll find me. Or should I say, during them. 🙂

  25. sophia said on January 21, 2010 at 1:33 am

    I love chicken salad, and I love how you added that almonds! Crunchy and spicy! Mmm…

    I dont’ plan ahead, or cook ahead. My meals are simple and fast, and they’re usually just random throw-togethers that turn out kind of good, if I say so myself!

  26. Chef Aimee said on January 21, 2010 at 7:51 pm

    I love curried chicken salad and enjoy adding mango chunks. My planning lately is haphazard, a routine would be nice.

  27. kate said on January 22, 2010 at 10:49 am

    wow that looks amazing! i love making meal helpers on sundays like black beans or brown rice, its such a help!

  28. Lauren said on January 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    My family really doesn’t do anything to plan our meals. I was just telling my mom yesterday that we should start making weekly menus. I get so angry when supper time is coming up and no one has a clue what we’ll be eating. A tasty meal always gets pulled together, but I would love to cut the anxiety that comes with it.

  29. Light Delight with TouTou said on January 26, 2010 at 10:06 pm

    Thanks for posting the recipe for the curry – it looks really amazing, and I am sure it taste great!! I always wondering how to make this kind of “yellow” sauce for salad , curry goes so well with chicken!!