Curry Chicken Salad

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Curry Chicken Salad whips together in just 15 minutes; it’s packed with flavor and requires minimal ingredients!

Serve this chicken salad on a lettuce wrap (for a low carb meal) or pile it on toasted sandwich bread (or a croissant). Make sure to try these other variations: traditional chicken salad, honey mustard chicken salad, or this pineapple chicken salad

Overhead image of Curry Chicken Salad in a lettuce wrap, ready to be eaten.

Chicken salad is always my go-to meal when I need something to feed the family fast. There are only five ingredients in the salad and six ingredients in the dressing. And thanks to a mega shortcut (hi rotisserie chicken!), Curry Chicken Salad truly comes together in about 15 minutes– or less.

Stir everything together, load it up on some lettuce or bread, and dinner is served. So quick; so easy!

Using rotisserie chicken in this salad already saves a load of time, but did you know you can buy already shredded rotisserie chicken? I’ve seen it at Costco, Smith’s (Kroger), Trader Joe’s, and Walmart. While it’s a bit pricier, if you’re in a huge hurry, it can cut down on some prep time.

Below I’m sharing what pairs well with this curry chicken salad, how to meal prep with this recipe, plenty of variation ideas, and how to store it. Let’s get started!

Process shot of the sauce being made.

Process shots-- images of the curry chicken salad filling being made

Chicken salad is one of my husband’s favorite things to take to work for lunch. It also makes a great weekly meal prep!
 
Here’s what we do:
  • Add a few croissants (that have been sliced to half) to airtight bags.
  • Pack a good amount of Curry Chicken Salad in a plastic container.
  • Store some washed and dried lettuce in a separate bag, along with some red grapes, fresh sliced mango (how to cut a mango tutorial), and some kind of veggie (usually carrots).
  • When it’s time to eat, it’s so easy to assemble: line the croissant with lettuce, top with a few spoonfuls of the curry chicken salad, and enjoy with the fruit and veggies as sides!

Image of the sauce being added to the chicken filling and stirred together.

Curry Chicken Salad variations

  • Sandwich: Toast some bread or warm croissants and layer the bread/croissant with lettuce and a few spoonfuls of the chicken salad (my personal favorite way to eat this!).
  • Salad with Greek yogurt: Instead of the sour cream, you can use full-fat plain Greek yogurt. The taste will be slightly tangier.
  • Keto Salad: This salad is naturally keto-friendly; serve it in a lettuce wrap to keep it that way!
  • With grapes: Occasionally we like to halve red grapes and toss them in the mixture! Use about 1/2 cup sliced red grapes.
  • With apples: We’ll also sometimes add in a diced granny smith (or similar tart) apple; again, use about 1/2 cup.
  • Add in some mango: This recipe is delicious with fresh, ripe mango; either serve it on the side, or dice it up and add it to the mixture!

Image of a Curry Chicken Salad sandwich.

Storage

  • Refrigerate this chicken salad in airtight containers, within 2 hours of preparing. When properly stored, it should last for 3-5 days in the fridge.
  • You can tell if this curry chicken salad is bad if it develops an “off” odor or the flavor/appearance changes. That said, a little separation is normal; stir it back up again as needed.

Overhead image of the chicken salad in a lettuce wrap.

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Curry Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote
This curry chicken salad whips together in 15 minutes or less; it's packed with flavor and requires minimal ingredients!
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Curry Chicken Salad

5 from 1 vote
This curry chicken salad whips together in 15 minutes or less; it's packed with flavor and requires minimal ingredients!
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword curry chicken salad
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 223kcal
Cost $5.91

Ingredients

  • 2 cups prepared rotisserie chicken, chopped into small pieces
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews, coarsely chopped
  • 1/3 cup dried golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced celery (~2 stalks)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

Dressing

  • 1/4 cup full fat mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream (fat free or light is great!)
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste (1/4 teaspoon each)
  • Enjoy layered on bread or croissants with lettuce; serve alongside fresh mango, red grapes, and/or a tart apple

Instructions

  • SALAD: In a large bowl, add in the chopped rotisserie chicken, coarsely chopped cashews, dried golden raisins, thinly sliced celery, and finely chopped cilantro.
  • DRESSING: In a separate bowl add the mayo, sour cream, honey, Dijon mustard, curry powder, lemon juice, and a generous (or to taste) sprinkle of salt + pepper (I add about 1/4 teaspoon salt & pepper, but add to preference). Whisk until combined and completely smooth. Taste and adjust for seasonings (salt, pepper, additional curry powder, etc.)
  • COMBINE: Pour the dressing into the salad and very gently stir all of the ingredients together until combined.
  • SERVE: Enjoy with fresh mango, grapes, or a tart apple OR layer it on a croissant and add some lettuce. Enjoy immediately.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 4servings | Calories: 223kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.2g | Protein: 8.7g | Fat: 10.5g | Cholesterol: 8mg | Sodium: 196.2mg | Fiber: 1.6g | Sugar: 16.2g

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  1. 5 stars
    Chelsea, this recipe is so good. I just made it for lunch and it is so tasty. I love the texture of the cashews with the raisins and chicken and the dressing has a great flavor. Thank you for sharing your recipe. I.can say I will be making it often.

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