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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Recipe: Curried Chicken Salad

I've decided to do another recipe post, because this is a recipe that I am constantly making, and continually craving. The mixture of sweet fruits with spicy curry makes this chicken salad so unique and tasty.

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There is this little restaurant/antique shop called Anna's Temptations which serves a really great curried chicken salad. Thus, the inspiration for this recipe was born.

I like mine extra spicy and tend to add a lot of curry, so depending on your love of the spice, you might want to add it in a little at a time. You probably don't need two kinds of curry powders either, but if you've got em...

Also you should note that this is the first time I've ever made this and actually made a note of what the quantities were - typically I just eyeball it and adjust until it tastes right. However I thought if I was going to write this out as an actually recipe it might not be very well received if I just said, "Here is what you need, put in as much or as little as you want."

I've also substituted apple for pear, walnuts for almonds, dried cranberries for raisins - it's really all good.

You will need:
1 1/2 pounds of split chicken breasts
1 apple (I like Gala)
2 ribs of celery
1/4 cup walnuts
1/4 cup dried cranberries
3/4 cup of mayonnaise
1 teaspoon sweet curry powder
1/2 teaspoon hot curry powder (or to taste)
salt and pepper to taste

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1. Boil you chicken breasts for approximately 20 minutes. (You can add a rib of celery and a small onion while it cooks to make broth for soup. Which is like a bonus meal.)

2. Wait for your chicken to cool enough that you can handle it, and take all of the meat off the bone. Cut into bite size pieces. Throw into a mixing bowl.

3. Wash, peel, and chop the apple and celery. Put that in with the chicken.

4. Coarsely chop the walnuts, put those in too.

5. Add the dried cranberries. I like to put more of a rounded quarter cup.

6. Throw in all your spices, and your mayo. Combine, and taste.

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7. Put into a croissant, or if you have them, those seasonal cranberry english muffins are perfection.

24 comments:

Hazel☺ said...

Thanks for sharing!!! :) looks delicious :)

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The doll on fashion said...

The recipe sounds really good and lovely on a croissant!

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Yummy.
Definitely trying.
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Diana Mieczan said...

Oh yum, that sounds like such a delicious combination. Have a great day, darling. xo

Laura Go said...

I totally put apples in mine too! but I haven't tried it with raisins... mmmm I want a croissant now.
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Megha Varshini said...

looks yummy./.
love the neon top o ur previous post
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silvergirl said...

looks good
big fan of curry chicken salad, but can't do the celery lol
brett

Amber said...

could you just come over and make this for me? That would be great.

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Viv said...

this looks like a delicious recipe that i will definitely be trying with my boyfriend, thank you so much for sharing it!


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Fashion Tales.... said...

I love curry and a bit spicy as well. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Will have to try it on a croissant. Hope you have a wonderful week dear.

stringsandbuttons said...

This looks amazing and surprisingly easy to make. I like that you added the croissant. x

Bravoe Runway said...

I love chicken salad, and this looks delicious! Love the getting the maxx post, you look beautiful in yellow!

Shannon said...

This sounds so yummy! I bet it is delicious on cranberry english muffins. I'm going to have to try this.

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Shabby, Chic, & Cheap said...

I literally just squealed with excitement when I saw your curry came from Penzy's Spices, I shop there too! So we're totally spice sisters :-) this recipe looks yummy, I'll def have to try it out! Thanks for sharing!

Anne said...

Pinning this - it sounds simple and delicious!

A deli by me has a tuna salad that's loaded with pineapple, and I love that combination, so I imagine it's pretty tasty with chicken too. Thanks for sharing!

Mrs. J said...

Yummmmy, please tell me your adding recipes more often on your blog. I'm going to try this out for lunch this week!

Kim (A Very Sweet Blog) said...

I love chicken salad, but never had curried chicken salad. Looks really good and it always goes well with croissants. Thanks for the recipe!
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this free bird said...

I love chicken salad and I love curry chicken. Usually I sprinkle just a touch of curry in my chicken salad mixture, but I'm liking the way you did it here better. Trying this next time! Thanks for sharing :)

The Fashionable ESQ said...

This looks absolutely delish! Let me ask, the chicken breasts you use are bone-in?
I think I have that little mixing bowl that you're using (from the last photo) it's ancient and reminds me of my grandmothers house.

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Alex Elizabeth said...

Yummus! I love chicken salad but it's got to have onions. Cranberries are a good addition :)

THE PINK ENIGMA said...

wow delicious! Thankyou for sharing this!! and ohh by the way i love your blog!! <3

Vanessa said...

YUM. This looks so darn delicious. I wouldn't have thought of this flavor combination, but seeing it makes sense!

Carole said...

Nice recipe. If you like chicken, you might like my take on Sichuan chicken. http://caroleschatter.blogspot.co.nz/2012/03/my-take-on-sichuan-chicken.html