The Best Curry Chicken Salad You’ll Ever Eat.

O.K. everybody calm down. You’ve finally found the best curry chicken salad recipe in the land. Chicken, apples, mayo, curry, toasted pecans, celery and raisins. I know you don’t like raisins. That’s why you also get to use cranberries if you want.

Chicken salad bright with apples celery and raisins, served on a crisp lettuce leaf on a white plate.
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Remember that guy who owns the gym who forced me to do an 8 week meal plan that I hated a few years ago? He took my potato chips away from me? I called him an asshole. That guy. I take it back. He’s a nice guy, that guy.

Mainly because along with the recipes I hated with all my heart, he also introduced me to a few that I love in equal but opposite proportions. The No Cook Hippie Cookie is one such recipe. And this Curry Chicken Salad is another.

The first time I made it, I dreamed about it for the next 3 days. The same way I dream about french fries and having a big toe that isn’t plagued with a bunion.

I serve the chicken salad cold on a leaf of romaine lettuce like a leafy pita; l a habit I got into after the asshole nice guy from the gym, decided limiting carbs was a great idea. Because of how blindly I follow the instructions of someone with a 6 pack, I don’t ever eat this salad on bread. Only lettuce.Usually.

Gather your ingredients Martha Stewart-style. Get everything ready to go. You’re going to be working with apples, celery, grilled chicken, and lots of other good stuff. The full printable recipe is at the bottom of the post.

What’s In It.

  • chicken
  • celery
  • apples
  • raisins
  • pecans
  • mayo
  • cayenne
  • curry
  • s&p

Dice ingredients laid out mise en place, with diced chicken being added to green bowl

This chicken salad is filled with everything good. Things that are crispy, chewy, sweet, tart, creamy and crunchy.

It’s the easiest recipe to make because there’s no cooking, it’s a dice and dump recipe.You dice your apple, celery, chicken and pecans then mix everything together and that’s it, it’s done.

White plate with mayo and spices on it being added to bowl of raisins, celery apples and chicken.

Adjust the spices so they’re how you like them. Love curry? Add more curry. Love heat? Add more cayenne. Like it creamier? Add more mayo. Watching calories? Add less.

Now let’s talk about raisins. Apparently some of you don’t like them. I don’t know why, but I’m not here to judge.

If you don’t like raisins use dried cranberries.

White salt shaker being used to adjust seasoning in curry chicken salad.

Add salt & pepper. You know. To taste.

Curry chicken salad with apples and pecans served on a romaine lettuce leaf on a small white rectangular plate.

Serve and enjoy.

Only 500 calories per meal if eaten on lettuce leaves.

The Best Curry Chicken Salad You'll Ever Eat

Quick and easy super-delicious chicken salad with a twist!
3.67 from 6 votes
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Course: Salad
Keyword: curry chicken salad
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people
Calories: 508kcal
Author: The Art of Doing Stuff


  • 1 cooked chicken breast chopped
  • 1 stalk celery chopped
  • ½ a red apple diced small
  • ¼ cup toasted pecans chopped
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise to start
  • ¼ tsp. curry powder
  • ¼ tsp. cayenne pepper
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


  • Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix.
  • Add additional mayonnaise or spices to taste.


Calories: 508kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 34g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 85mg | Sodium: 249mg | Potassium: 474mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 256IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 2mg

Now before you go squinching your nose up at chicken salad wrapped in a lettuce leaf as opposed to a pita or bread, I have to say, in the lettuce’s defence, that the crunch it has makes up for the lack of carbs. I honestly prefer it this way now. Also because you’re eating this on a lettuce leaf instead of two hunks of bread, you feel full but not as grossly full after eating it. Which means you have room to eat ice cream for dessert.

Honestly. The crispness of the lettuce against the creaminess of the mayonnaise is wonderfully delicious. The flavours of the salad are all very distinct. The slight hints of curry and cayenne pepper are met with the odd sweet burst of apple and raisin. Add in the freshness of the celery and the crunch of the toasted pecans and you have the perfect Curry Chicken Salad.

Sweet dreams.

The Best Curry Chicken Salad You’ll Ever Eat.