Craving > 5 Updated Chicken Salad Recipes

by heidi on June 22, 2011

Chicken Salad. It can so easily go so wrong and seem trite, the catch-all recipe for the catered office lunch or duty-calls bridal shower. But by adding an unexpected and flavorful ingredient, chicken salad can be oh-so-divine.

FoodieCrush Magazine Curried Chicken Salad

photo > foodiecrush

Here’s my take on Chicken Salad, crunchy with celery and toasted almonds then sweetened up with sliced grapes and earthed up with curry and tarragon. Served on big old slices of hearty wheat bread, this is one version that has full-fledged-flavored. I add a lot more celery to this recipe than listed below because I like the crunch, so follow the recipe as is or adapt to your own cravings.

Curried Chicken Salad with Toasted Almonds and Grapes

Serving Size: 6-8

Curried Chicken Salad with Toasted Almonds and Grapes


4 bone-in chicken breasts with skin
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/2 cup chopped celery
1 cup red seedless grapes, halved
1/3 cup almond slivers, toasted
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
1 T orange juice
1 1/2 T curry powder
1 1/2 T fresh tarragon, chopped
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Rub chicken with olive oil and generous amounts of salt and pepper. Cook for 30-40 minutes or until juice of chicken runs clear. When chicken has cooled, remove skin from breasts and shred chicken meat, discarding bones and skin. Mix in large bowl with onion, celery, grapes and almond slivers and set aside.
  2. In a medium size bowl, combine mayonnaise, yogurt, orange juice, curry power, salt and pepper.
  3. Add mayonnaise mixture to chicken mixture and gently combine. Add more salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve on a bed of spring or butter lettuce or hearty wheat bread with lettuce.


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Studded with some of cooking’s most under-used herbs of caraway (one of my favorites when sauteed with cabbage) and anise seeds and a touch of cumin, Skinny Gourmet‘s Irish Chicken Salad Sandwich on Soda Bread is deliciously sandwiched between slices of her husband’s family recipe for Irish Soda Bread. Looks like she now has another family recipe to hand down.

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You knew we had to highlight at least one recipe that has some serious spice and is far and above the expected chicken salad. Meet Kevin’s Kimchi Chicken Salad Sandwich. Kimchi sauteed in bacon grease? Woo-hoo, a new favorite is born in the kitchen of Closet Cooking.

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Sherice June 22, 2011 at 4:24 pm

Why, thank you love for posting about chicken salad. We have sweet Kaden’s baptism next week and chicken salad was on the menu~ this will definitely help spice things up! The Kimchi recipe sounds interesting~ Matt and Ty would enjoy it for sure;) Thanks for making me hungry again!


heidi June 22, 2011 at 8:15 pm

A baptism, how sweet! How does the time go son fast? You’ll have to let me know hownthe boys like the kimchi.


Jun June 23, 2011 at 1:58 am

I must say I think the combination of curry and grapes is very intriguing! It would be a great fun lunch.


heidi June 23, 2011 at 10:04 pm

The savory with sweet is really tasty. But then I’m a bit of a curry head!


Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen June 24, 2011 at 12:53 am

I loove a good curry chicken salad. The first one looks absolutely delicious.


heidi June 24, 2011 at 8:44 am

Thanks Adrianna, it is purty delish and you can really add or substitute ingredients to your liking.


Brenda June 27, 2011 at 2:28 pm

I am catering a wedding so I thought that I would look for some new recipes for chicken salad. I found these and they all were very interesting. I think that I am going to try the curried chicken salad and see how it works. I am going to have my son who thinks he is a chef to taste test if for me. Some new appetizers instead of the basic turkey and ham sandwiches would be great. I hope that this one is a winner.


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