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 Curried 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 actually keep grilled chicken cooked and ready to go in the freezer just so I can make this whenever the mood strikes me.

This recipe came to me at the exact right time because up until a few years ago I wasn’t a huge fan of curry.  Now I’m older, wiser and have also discovered Thai curry which is mellower and sweeter than regular curry.

I still prefer a hint of curry as opposed to a full swing, hit me in the face with a shovelful of it.  A hint.  If you’re a smash me in the face with curry kind of person, then you can triple the amount of curry in this recipe.  Even quadruple it if you like.

I serve the chicken salad cold on a leaf of romaine lettuce like a leafy pita.

I got into this habit after the asshole nice guy from the gym, decided limiting carbs was a great idea.  Because of how blindly I follow instructions for someone with a 6 pack, I don’t ever eat this salad on bread. Only lettuce.     If I have it for dinner, I eat it with a side of some grilled red peppers and asparagus.  Whatever vegetables you have on hand will do.  (Just in case you were too stupid or drunk or feeble minded to figure that bit out.)

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.

Curried chicken salad

The Best Curried Chicken Salad You'll Ever Eat
Quick and easy super-delicious chicken salad with a twist!
  • 1 grilled 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
  1. Combine all ingredients in bowl.
  2. Add additional mayonnaise to taste.

Now before you go squinching your nose up at the fact that I wrap the chicken salad 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.

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 Curried Chicken Salad.

Sweet dreams.


  1. amy says:

    I don’t quite believe you yet, but your writing is so good, I think I might have to try the lettuce wrap 🙂

  2. rachel says:

    i’m not trying to incite an argument or anything…i really am just curious about your answer. i absolutely love your blog and your attitude and your humor and your art of doing stuff. so here’s my question…do you wrestle with having chickens as pets, as well as eating chickens? i mean, i know you’re not eating your own chickens, but i’m just curious what you think about this. full disclosure…i am a happy vegetarian, but i don’t care what people around me choose to eat. i just love the discussion.

    • Karen says:

      Rachel – My neighbours just asked me this very question today. And yes. It does make me ponder. However, I don’t believe in the argument that some use which is, if you’re going to eat it, you should be able to kill it. No thanks. I drive a car but certainly don’t have what it takes to build one. These chickens are exactly what you said. Pets. I have saved more animals than I can count. I raise butterflies from egg, spent 3 months and many dollars saving my pond fish and love every animal that walks the earth. But for now, I still eat them and am happy to do so. Once you make friends with animals like chipmunks and chickens though, it does give you an appreciation for the fact that all animals, even something as tiny as a chipmunk has a personality. So in answer to your question, there’s a slight wrestle, but I’m still a full fledged meat eater and don’t see that changing in the immediate future. Immediately. I don’t think. 🙂 ~ karen

    • Ann says:

      I am in the same spot as Karen….a chicken owner/lover and I also eat chicken. I raise my hens for eggs, not meat. But if this were a different world, I could raise them and process for meat. Because to me it is more important that what I eat lives a good full proper life before becoming my food. Whether I raise the animal or another person does, I want to know that it was happy, healthy, ate what it was meant to eat, got to raise at least a baby or two….just like was intended for that animal. Otherwise if one can not come to grips with the fact that someone does have to process any animal you eat, then maybe you should actually be a vegetarian.

  3. “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 Curried Chicken Salad.”

    You could write for a food magazine, and this looks delicious! I would totally make it with lettuce too, you know, to justify my extra mayo which I’m sure to add, but would you still love me if I left out the raisins? Or could I use dried cranberries? Would that disrupt the entire physics of the universe and this salad recipe if I were to substitute them cause I really like cranberries. A lot.

    And this recipe.


    • Karen says:

      Kate – It never occurred to me to use dried cranberries. Probably because I was being led down a path of good eating, which has, in all probability caused my brain to shrink. YES add cranberries!! Good thinkin’. ~ karen

    • Alissa says:

      BRILLIANT, Kate! I do not like raisins and was wondering if I could leave them out without disrupting the delicate balance of “the best curried chicken salad you’ll ever eat”. The subbing in cranberries idea is – to reiterate – brilliant. 🙂

    • Alexandra says:

      YES! I was totally going to leave out the raisins (nothing against them, I just don’t like their taste and texture! :D) and either put nothing else in or cranberries. Now that I think of it, I might even replace them with dried sour cherries! 😀

  4. SK Farm Girl says:

    I covet, covet, covet your $2.00, found-on-fishing-trip-bowl! I know it’s a sin to covet thy neighbour’s bowl, but if that’s the only sin I commit, I’m doing pretty good – eh? Can’t wait to try your delish-sounding salad! Give the chickens a “peck” for me 🙂

    • Karen says:

      SK Farm Girl – Thanks! Oh .. and one of my chickens is turning into a real peckerhead. Must have tried to randomly bite my arm 10 times last night. And not in a cute way! ~ karen

  5. Julie shinnick says:

    omg I love love love that bowl!

    Will try this one when the weather warms up! Glad you have archives!

  6. I love how you did the bowls all Martha Stewart-ish. I wouldn’t have the patience – but it did look pretty. And I’m trying this recipe at the weekend. Food from a gym guy that’s healthy and tasty? It must be a miracle!

  7. Jen says:

    This looks delicious. Minus the raisins. Raisins alone? Yummy. Raisins jumping in on food and baked goods?!? EW!

    I’m def gonna make this….minus the raisins.

    • Karen says:

      Jen – Try what Centsational Girl is going to do … dried cranberries. If you want, that is. 🙂 ~ karen

  8. Holly says:

    What is weird is that I woke up thinking about making a curry sauce for a vegetable mixture, and then I find that you wrote this(I don’t always wake up thinking of food). I will have to try this! I’m always looking for a good chicken salad! And I love lettuce wraps!

  9. Sharon says:

    This looks delicious! Just curious how many servings this would make? Just so I’m not tempted to eat the whole bowl when I do make it!

    Thanks Karen!

    • Karen says:

      Sharon – Think of this as one serving with a bit left over. Basically count on a little less than one chicken breast per person. 3 chicken breasts would probably serve 4 people, but to be safe use the one piece of chicken per person rule. Any leftovers can be used for lunch! ~ karen

  10. susan says:

    I’m going to try that recipe…sounds delicious..I get my burger on lettuce instead of a bun at In N Out burger….protein burger they call it…don’t miss the bun a bit!

  11. You make it sound so good! But I must admit, I’m still suspicious of the lettuce leaf. Plus, knowing me, I’ll buy an entire lettuce just to use one leaf, then it will end up going brown and slimy in the refrigerator. Any tips for stopping that?

  12. Elise says:

    I found a recipe similar to this one, and it’s soooo yummy! I am not really a fan of mayo so I used a recipe that called for Greek yogurt instead. OMG Delish!

  13. I ususlly buy this at my local Whole Foods, but it is EXPENSIVE – like 18 bucks for a small container. I have tried making it on my own, but it never tastes as good. I am going to try yours. Thanks

    My best- Diane

  14. Lydia says:

    I love that the bowl is even the signature Martha “robins egg blue” color! You are so Martha 🙂
    My aunt had a working dairy farm with chickens, and we had to collect the eggs. I got pecked in the forearm so many times I still have scars, and once chased out by an ornery rooster. So I eat chicken with GUSTO 🙂

  15. Megan says:

    Will definitely try this — and have been making a similar version with ripe nectarines. Last night I was out of those, so I improvised with some apples and threw in some bacon. (Why not?) I love bread but am a grain-free eater — and can honestly say I prefer it on lettuce or over mixed greens. Unbelievably good.

  16. susan w says:

    Lovely salad lovely bowl lovely prose.
    I use mayo and yogurt in equal parts and add a bit of chutney to the dressing. Hmmm I haven’t made chicken salad in a long time…

    Off to look for chicken to grill(or one sitting in the store rotisserie…)
    Thanks for the inspiration as always

  17. sandra says:

    I made a huge bowl of Chicked Salad two nights ago that is very similar to yours except … I made my own olive oil mayo, added two kinds of apples (grannies and gala), chopped red and green onions, and a whole bunch of red grapes. I serve with cashews sprinkled on top. Perfect meal for those of us with celiac or other dietary issues. Who needs bread?

  18. Liz S. says:

    I am imagining this in a half of a red pepper instead of a lettuce leaf. YUM!

  19. B.J.M says:

    Yum. This looks great.
    I was going to say how much I loved the bowl and here you go and mention it anyway. Aint that somethin’?

  20. Cheryl says:

    At one of my recent “sans forks” dinner parties, one of my good friends brought an appetizer dip which consisted of goat cheese and onion and roasted red peppers – I forget all the ingredients but it was blissful, and she paired it with little tiny frilly lettuce leaves instead of crackers. It was one of the first things to be completely consumed by the guests. Yum yum yum.

    • Karen says:

      Cheryl – I do an dinner salad (main meal) similar to that. Maybe up put the recipe up next week. It’s GREAT. So long as you love goat’s cheese and roasted red peppers, that is. ~ karen

  21. Tracey says:

    I must go and grill chicken so we can have this today!

    I am a fan of the lettuce wrap–once you go green you never go back.

  22. Laurie says:

    wait… seriously you can freeze already cooked chicken? Mind Blown.

  23. Mindy says:

    I’m a fan of lettuce wraps. Well, depending on what’s inside, but this sounds tasty and I’m adding it my to-do list. (I shall consume a loaf of bread on the side in your honor)

  24. Taylor says:

    I love chicken salad. All this talk of cranberries made me think of my favorite one, which is the Trader Joe’s Wine Country Chicken Salad, so I just googled around to see if I could find a recipe and guess what!

    That page also includes the apricot chicken salad, which is pretty good too. Looks like I have some serious chicken salad testing to do 🙂

  25. Diane says:

    Gee, coulda used THAT for the ‘ex’ party !

  26. jen says:

    I’m a HUGE fan of curry chicken salad! This looks delish. This may not be everyones cup of tea but I do the same with tuna sometimes. Add walnuts and granny smith apples or Tuscan peppers and almonds. I hate a bland tuna.

  27. Shauna says:

    quite simply, this sounds delicious. Going into the recipe repertoire.

  28. Evalyn says:

    I make a chicken curry salad very close to this receipe. Sometimes I add grapes – dried cranberries work well – the tiniest bit of chopped onion is good – I sometimes add cooked rice for a full-meal-deal. I never, however, used it in a sandwich, but I will be trying the lettuce leaf version very soon.

  29. Donna O. says:

    I’m running home to make this on this 95 degree day. I just happen to have some chicken leftover from last night. My family recently fell in love with lettuce wraps with ground turkey, cilantro, peanuts & a few other choice ingredients. I think they’ll be swoonin’ over this one too.

    • Karen says:

      Donna – It’s a 95 degree day here too! Perhaps you’re around Toronto. Anyhow … with all the people talking about making this tonight I wanna make it too! Even though we just had it Monday. 🙁 ~ karen

  30. You may not add raisins to my cherry pie, capiche?


    • Karen says:

      Well, since you said “capiche”, clearly you’re a long standing member of some sort of organized crime unit. I will therefore heed your “advice” and not add raisins to your cherry pie recipe. Yours in servitude – Karen

  31. Charissa says:

    I love the idea of adding curry to chicken salad…sounds absolutely divine. Thanks for the inspiration!

    Btw, I love your mantra on the side…if you don’t know it, you’ll find a way to figure it out. So cute!

  32. Lauren says:

    I have a recipe identical to this with one small addition. It calls for green/red grapes. Delicious. The grapes, like the apples, makes this a very refreshing meal. Great for a hot day.

  33. marilyn says:

    i am totally making this salad sans the apples and with the cranberries yummy!

    • Karen says:

      Marilyn – The fella says either you make it with apples or you don’t make it at all. Um. I’m O.K. with however you want to make it. I just won’t tell him. ~ karen

  34. Meg says:

    <3 Curried Chicken Salad!! You should try it with golden raisins, that's how my mom always made it and it's delicious!!! Also, I adore your prep plates. They look perfect for scooping things in to bowls 🙂

  35. Stephanie says:

    I do grapes instead of raisins and add sliced green onions. One of my all time favorite things to eat!!


  36. Nicole says:

    Awesome. I am so making it this weekend.

  37. LOVE curry…esp. curried chicken. I must try this 😉

  38. sarah says:

    made this for dinner last night—totally awesome!! I’m going to be making it all summer 🙂

  39. Rebecca says:

    Holy Crap, that is good stuff!!!

    • Karen says:

      Rebecca – I take it you made the recipe. It takes all the control I have not to make it every single day. 🙂 ~ karen

  40. Chancy says:

    Made this salad this weekend. Ohmygod is it the best curried chicken salad ever! You weren’t kidding.

    • Karen says:

      I know! (I try to only post no-fail, this is FANTASTIC recipes I’ve either found or developed) The Sweet Potato fries are probably the most complicated! ~ karen

  41. Caseyj says:

    Wow, gonna make this. Do you think there is a good subsitute for the pecans? My house is on a strict no-pecans-walnuts-or-cashews menu plan. Would almonds work?
    Also, I think you should check out Hungry Girl’s Greek Chicken Salad recipe. It uses mainly yogurt plus a tad of mayo for the creamy-ness (but you don’t have to), then adds chicken, cucumbers, grape tomatoes, olives, feta or goat cheese and some seasoning. It’s divine.

    • Karen says:

      Caseyj – I think you could use any nut you like. Personally if I couldn’t use pecans, I’d go with walnuts. But you can’t. After that I’d go with toasted pine nuts. When in doubt, always go with toasted pine nuts. Almonds are a good choice too. Either chop them up yourself or buy the sliced ones. Now I’m off to look at Hungry Girl’s chicken recipe! One can never have enough chicken recipes. ~ karen!

  42. Stella says:

    Looks amazing! I love eating with a lettuce wrap! So tasty!

  43. fuff says:

    okay so i’m “that” person with the weird allergy. i sense that the apples are integral for this recipe and i’m really really really wanting to make it BUT…i’m deathly allergic to raw apples (insert sad face here). i might try it without but i’m trying to brainstorm a suitable alternative in the meantime. any brilliant ideas?

    • Karen says:

      Fuff – It’s really the crispness and crunch of the apple that’s integral. Plus the bit of colour is nice. If you’re looking to substitute I’d probably try pear. Otherwise, just leave the apple out and add a bit more celery. 🙂 ~ karen

  44. Kristy says:

    Omgsh! This looks amazing! We will be having this at our house this weekend! And I love the lettuce as an alternative to bread! :9

    • Karen says:

      Kristy – The lettuce makes it wayyyyy better for a hot, summer night. Like tonight. Or tomorrow night. Or the next 90 nights or so. ~ karen

  45. cred says:

    Okay! I tried it… I love it!

    I had to change a bit (not b/c I don’t trust you but b/c I made this when it popped up as “you might also like” under today’s post and I didn’t have everything I needed):

    My kid ate the last apple so mine was sans apple (but I know the crunch & sweetness would be perfect).
    I was going to sub cranberries b/c I only eat raisins in waldorf-ish salads so I didn’t have any on hand. But apparently I’m out of crans, too. At this point, I was going to give up but recalled some raisins I dried 3 wks ago from some Ontario concord grapes- not as plump & chewy as Cali raisins but oh so grapey.
    I only had some mesclun mix from the garden so I put the chick salad over the loose greens & it was delicious.
    Time to get my butt to the orchard as I’ve been intending for the last month- need to try this with apples.

  46. beth stockwell says:

    Loved this BUT the cayenne totally ruined it! I can’t believe how much the cayenne overpowered it. I would 100% suggest to LEAVE OUT THE CAYENNE. And I also added more curry powder and some turmeric.

    • Karen says:

      Beth – I have to disagree. I really don’t think the cayenne ruins the salad. In fact I think it adds to it. That’s why I’ve included it as an ingredient, LOL. I had to go back and look at the recipe to make sure it was correct and it is … 1/4 of a teaspoon of cayenne pepper really isn’t very much. BUT if you don’t like cayenne, or can’t handle the cayenne then by all means leave out the cayenne! ~ karen

  47. Abra says:

    I love curried chicken salad and this recipe didn’t disappoint! The only addition I made was some chopped onion and I omitted the celery and cayenne because I was out. So delicious! Thanks for a yummy meal inspiration…my six year old loved it too and even asked to try curry powder on its own. He’s my adventurous eater like his mama! 🙂

  48. Seul says:

    My daughter requested this for her birthday dinner. She ate seconds, and packed some for lunch the next day– thanks for sharing the recipe, this one’s going in the book. *grins* Do I put it under Karen’s curry chicken salad, or That asshole’s chicken salad?

    • Karen says:

      Hahahah! Omg that made me laugh. Ahem … well … I *did* make a few changes to it, but it is in truth the Asshole’s recipe. How ’bout Asshole Karen’s Curry Chicken Salad? ~ k!

  49. GL says:

    Where did you get those fantastic white rectangular servers? They look amazing!

    • Karen says:

      GL – Thanks! Yeah, they’re fun. Great for putting out a few olives and cheese. Sadly, I can’t remember where I got them. Homesense (Homegoods) I think. They’re “Tannex”. I just looked it up and they appear to be like a restaurant/wholesale online store. And WOW do they have some great stuff! ~ karen

  50. Janel says:

    How many servings does this make I could eat the whole bowl!

  51. Karen, I have saved this recipe since last summer and finally made it yesterday. YUM-MEE! Because I don’t have an asshole from a gym to order me around, I ate mine on croissants. But next time maybe I’ll do the leafy greens, because this stuff is so good, I could just eat it out of the bowl. I happened to have golden raisins on hand, rather than regular, and they were the perfect sweetness to offset the curry. Thanks for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks for letting me know Hollie! Isn’t it *good*?! I just eat it out of the bowl. Honestly. It’s my preferred method. ~ karen!

  52. Sadi says:

    Sooo yummy! I doubled the curry, and used canned chicken from Costco!!!

  53. Annette says:

    I’m eating this now and can’t get enough… I don’t even bother with the lettuce. It’s straight out of the bowl! lol I’ll be making this regularly! YUMMY!!! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  54. Diana Rosenal says:

    Curry Chicken Salad

  55. Alexis says:

    It may already be in the comments, but about how many ounces of chicken would you say you use?


    • Karen says:

      HI Alexis – I’m really not sure how many ounces it would be. You don’t have to be terribly finicky with the measurements. I used 1 large chicken breast. When I double the recipe I’ll use 2 large or 3 small chicken breasts. If it seems too dry after you’ve mixed it all up, just throw in another dollop of mayonnaise. ~ karen!

  56. Tana says:

    Karen, I googled “curry chicken salad” to make little party sandwiches to take to a friend’s house. I found yours and I’m SO glad I did! I got endive lettuce to make little 2-bite servings. Very crunchy, tasty, and deserving of the many compliments I received. I’m making it again tonight for the family. This one’s a keeper. Thanks!

  57. Amanda says:

    Your pics are lovely! I can’t wait to try this recipe.

    • Karen says:

      Amanda – Thanks! I’m putting my weekly menu post up in about an hour and a half. You’ll see I’m having this very chicken salad on Wednesday night. 🙂 ~ karen

  58. Jennifer says:

    I was really hopeful that if a gym asshole gave you this recipe it would be sans mayo, so what do you think it would taste like with Greek yogurt? I’ve got the egg allergy and that vegan mayo, well there are some things you need eggs to make and mayo is one of them! It looks so yummy though especially in a lettuce wrap…

    • Karen says:

      Hmm. I’m not sure it would work. Greek yogourt is more like sour cream. What do you normally substitute mayo with? Mayo has that certain “tang” from the eggs and vinegar. You could try to make it w/ greek yogourt and keep adding things (bit of mustard, vinegar) until it tastes about right. Lemme know. ~ karen!

  59. DzynByJules says:

    OK, I just MacGuyver-ed this amazing recipe (ya know, the duct tape, bubble-gum, coat hanger etc. method using what I had on hand), and if it’s this delicious with my substitutions: red onion for the apple, walnuts for the toasted peacans, dried cranberries for the raisins, half greek yogurt & half mayo with a glob of dijon mustard, full curry & cayenne measurements (do not skimp people!), I can’t imagine how freak-a-licious this would taste doing it the Ass/Karen way! Used the “bowl-wrap” method too, and licked it clean! A.M.A.Z.I.N.G! Thanks for sharing this with your loyal followers! Jules 🙂

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome! This curried chicken salad really took off this time. Everyone’s been emailing saying they made/are gonna make it. Mustta done a good sell job. 😉 ~ karen

  60. DzynByJules says:

    Obviously “peacans” slipped through my spell check, maybe MacGuyver uses them regularly! 😉 Jules

  61. Karen McKiernan says:

    I made this for lunch today and was really good ~ Karen

  62. LeeLee says:

    Do the apples go brown when you save left overs? Is it better to cut and add apple the day you eat it?
    If you double or triple the recipe (2 or 3 chicken breasts) would you also double or triple the other ingredients (mayo/cayenne/curry)?
    Can’t wait to try this!
    Sounds delish!

    • Karen says:

      Lee Lee – Funny thing … I’ve never had leftovers. Just kidding. 🙂 No I don’t notice the apples browning. it could just be because they get coloured from the curry though so you don’t notice. But I’ve made this over and over again and never had an issue with “ick” apples. Yup. If you double the chicken, double the spices, mayo etc. By the way … now that you’ve reminded me about it I feel like I could make and eat a batch now. ~ karen!

  63. Anita says:

    I think adding some grated carrots would work well in this recipe. I’m always looking to add vegetables to my diet.

    • Karen says:

      Anita – Sure! Add or subtract whatever you want. My mother doesn’t like raisins so when I make it for her … no raisins. I happen to think the raisins *make* it! ~ karen

  64. Anna Oz says:

    Delicious recipe! I also love it served on a hunk of lettuce! Thanks for posting!

  65. Aeda says:

    Hi Karen, I dont cook. But stumbled on your blog searching for… Dont know what.. Cant remember..oh yeah, searching on ‘how to cook by not cooking’. LOL. Anyways, I just want to say that you are very funny! Thanks for making me laugh! Good luck and have a very nice day, week, year… Life? 😉

  66. Dalora R says:

    I just made this like 10 minutes ago and I ABSOLUTELY LOVE LOVE LOVE IT! I used flour tortillas,instead of romaine lettuce,and put it in a panini press and it was amazing <3!

  67. Gina says:

    You can also use Greek Yogurt instead of Mayo to make it more healthy. Then mix 1 TB of lemon juice and 1/4-1/2 tsp of curry into the mayo (or yogurt, before blending with the other ingredients. I like to add grapes (sliced) and craisins as well. Enjoy!

  68. Lisa N says:

    Amazing! This is a recipe I’ve moved to my list of staple dishes to prepare – It’s “that” good. I smoked a couple hens this weekend and used one of them for this salad. I didn’t measure anything but the spices, salt and pepper. I eye-balled the veggies, fruit and chicken. Oh, I substituted black seedless grapes for raisins and tossed in about a 1/3 cup chopped cilantro for freshness. I also tossed in almonds that I medium to finely chopped and toasted. I almost wish I made a double batch and used the second chicky. Thank you for sharing!

  69. Jessica says:

    Mmmm…. found your recipe when I was craving the Trader Joe’s version of this salad. I made this for dinner tonight with a rotisserie chicken from Costco, since it was 108 degrees today. Used cashews instead of pecans, golden raisins instead of regular and added a little green onion. So tasty!! I may add a little more mayo next time. But there will definitely be a next time. Yum! Thanks for the great recipe and blog.

    • Karen says:

      Glad you liked it Jessica – Yes, I fiddle around with the mayo. I start with a certain amount and then just keep adding until it seems right. ~ karen!

  70. Marilyn says:

    This is very close to a recipe we love that includes pineapple chunks & a scant amount of onion & oil cooked with the curry first to enrich the curry flavor. Walnuts work well, too. We love it with a hot curry!

  71. Lizzie says:

    Quick veg hack:
    Freeze a 1/2 block of tofu, thaw and squeeze out water, heat a blob of oil in a non stick pan, add spices to oil (start with what’s listed here, I add more until the tofu is yellow-ish and not bland), crumble tofu in hot oil, saute until some pieces brown. Then substitute this for the chicken! Not quite the same texture, but still lovely.

  72. Mary Beth says:

    This was delicious. I’ve made similar recipes before, but I love the addition of the cayenne. This is a fun base to mess around with. I love adding Craisins, grapes, walnuts or whatever I have on hand. And, no, you don’t need bread it’s so tasty!

    • Karen says:

      Mary Beth – I love it when people comment on my recipe posts because it reminds me of things I can cook for dinner, LOL. I’ll be making this some time this week. Thanks for the reminder. 🙂 ~ karen!

  73. Susan says:

    Karen – Thanks this was fantastic.

    I put it in big old scraps of romaine leaves that I had in my spinner, but I think it would be great with the leaves from little gem lettuce — so I will check at the farmer’s market tomorrow.

    I didn’t have pecans so used walnuts – yum; and I didn’t have raisins so I used dried currents which were AMAZING.

    I think next time I might reduce the cayenne a bit and increase the curry a bit, and maybe use the yogurt/mayo combo.

    Thanks for sharing with all of us.

  74. Margaret K. says:

    Glad to know I am not the only one who likes raisins but not IN things. Mystery is why I am OK with dried cranberries in this when I don’t like raisins in things.

    It IS yummy.

  75. Sue says:

    As an earlier commenter noted, you could indeed write for a food magazine. “Whatever vegetables you have on hand will do. (Just in case you were too stupid or drunk or feeble minded to figure that bit out.)” would have certainly been edited out if you were and these tell-it-like-it-is bits are why I keep coming back to your blog. Thanks for the laugh Karen (and the recipe).

  76. Kathy says:

    I just tried this for the first time and wow! I didn’t think I’d like the curry, but a hint of curry is perfect and the “give it a few seconds to kick in” cayenne pepper is fantastic. I made this today for my 89 year old neighbor who hates bland food…I’m sure she’ll like it! I had to leave out the raisins because she hates them, but next time they’ll go in. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome Kathy! If she doesn’t like raisins ask if she likes dried cranberries. They’d work well too. ~ karen!

      • Kathy says:

        Unfortunately, she doesn’t like any dried fruit…it’s hard to cook for her every day and find things she likes. I on the other hand love raisins and dried cranberries lol.

  77. Tamara says:

    So! I was searching for a curried chicken salad recipe because I LOVE it, but it’s usually too many calories, and I’m trying to slim down and develop a healthier lifestyle. LOVE this recipe. I didn’t use raisins, but I added red grapes. I also didn’t have chicken breasts… so I swung on over to Sam’s Club, bought a $5 rotisserie chicken and used the breast meat from that. Made about 4 servings (1 cup each)…. I eat it on lettuce and I’m in heaven. Thank you!

    • Karen says:

      You’re welcome Tamara! I love the recipe too and most of the time I just stand at the counter and eat it out of the bowl, lol. ~ karen!

  78. Susan says:

    Thank you Karen, this curry chicken salad is so, so good. I love the curry with the cayenne pepper. it makes me look forward to summer=) I didn’t have cashews or raisins but used cranberries and I still loved it. Thx for sharing!

    • Karen says:

      Thanks Susan. I’m sure it’s great with cranberries. Same idea anyway. A bit of sweetness. Definitely try it with the nuts though! (pecans) The crunch is great. ~ karen!

  79. Claire says:

    I just tried this! It was so good! I didn’t have pecans so I used toasted walnuts instead. I also used dried cranberries instead of raisins. Great recipe! Yum!!!

  80. Deborah says:

    Awesome recipe! I’ve been searching for a curry chicken recipe after I had it at a coffee shop (without raisins or nuts). This is very similar, thanks for posting!

    • Karen says:

      You’re very welcome Deborah. Thanks for taking the time to let me know you found it. Hope it like(ed) it! ~ karen

  81. Lynette says:

    I used plain Greek yogurt with a dash of vinegar in Place of the mayonnaise. it was delicious I didn’t even miss it

    • Karen says:

      Interesting! I just made this last night for dinner and I was worried I wouldn’t have enough mayo. I’ll remember the yogourt for next time. ~ karen!

  82. Luanne Panacek says:

    I’ve made this recipe twice and both times everyone has said without prompting “This is the best curry chicken salad I have ever had.” I love the cayene cause it adds an unexpected kick and I have used canned chicken both times. No one notices. I love your blog and your recipes.

  83. Sher says:

    I’m a cooks outside the lines kinda gal, so, here is my twist on your recipe which was an excellent foundation for my “playing”:
    I started with a huge chicken from Costco which I chopped up in big chunks, both white and dark meat.
    I love curry so I wound up using around 3/4 a tsp and doubled the cayenne.
    I hate celery so, I chopped up some tri-colored mini peppers (sweet not hot, red – yellow – orange) and some red onion.
    I used around 1/2 cup + of mayonnaise (big chicken)
    I used the salt, chopped pecans, raisins and apples just as you suggested. (I don’t usually like sweet and savory but this was divine.)
    I served a big scoop on top of a bed of baby spinach surrounded by tomato wedges. It was beautiful, colorful, full of flavor and truly delicious! Thanks for getting me started and for me, it is truly the best curry chicken salad I have ever tasted!!! THANKS

    • Karen says:

      Great! Thanks for letting me know Sher. I actually add a lot more curry and cayenne now too. 🙂 And thanks for reminding me about this. I may just have it tonight! ~ karen

  84. Deb M says:

    I stumbled across this recipe just a few hours ago and *had* to make it for lunch. I didn’t have all the ingredients on hand, but close enough. I substituted chopped dates for the raisins. I love how the sweetness is offset by the curry and cayenne. It was “eat it straight out of the bowl” fantastic!! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

    • Karen says:

      I’m happy you liked it Deb M! And thanks for commenting. I love it when people do that on my food posts because it reminds me of certain dishes (like this salad, lol) I haven’t made in a while. Sounds like a good one for this weekend. 🙂 ~ karen

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  86. Kristi says:

    This Curried Chicken Salad is the best I have ever eaten!! We like it hot, so I used 90,000 units of cayenne and added golden raisins. So yummy!!

    • Karen says:

      90,000 units, lol. That’s up there on the scoville scale. Glad you liked it. It’s one of my favourites! ~ karen

  87. Daniela says:

    I’m so excited to try this for dinner tn! It’s the closest one I’ve seen to the salad they sell at my local farmers market.
    For the curry, I know you said you use less then the “asshole” – is the ¼ tsp. curry powder the original or the modified amount?


    • Karen says:

      The amount I show is the original amount. 🙂 When I make the salad myself now I actually use a TON of curry, lol! At least a teaspoon. Most people have different tolerances for curry so just add whatever tastes good to you. Start with a little, then keep adding until it seems right for you. ~ karen!

  88. Jorge Carrillo says:

    If you use several pieces of chicken, do you have to have to increase the other ingredients (such as the mayo, celery, raisins, etc) in proportion? Jorge

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jorge. Yes, if you use, for example, twice as much chicken, use twice as much of everything else. But it’s a pretty forgiving recipe. If you taste it and find you want more curry … just add some more. Taste it as you go. ~ karen!

  89. Jorge Carrillo says:

    Thank you so much! I plan to make it tomorrow. I love chicken salad and am looking forward to making it. Jorge

  90. Lisa says:

    Hey Karen!

    I just discovered your site and love it! I also looove me some curry chicken salad. But every curry powder I buy says on the label “must be cooked before consuming”. I tried toasting it up with cashews and a little oil but since I’m lazy what I REALLY want to know is your secret 🙂 Is there a type of curry powder that doesn’t require cooking? Or is the label something everyone knows can be ignored and I’m being a goody two shoes??

    • Karen says:

      Hey Goody! 😉 Don’t worry about cooking the curry powder. You absolutely don’t have to. Most spices should always be toasted a bit until fragrant when you’re cooking with them but you can absolutely add raw curry powder to this salad. Welcome to my site! ~ karen

  91. mattyg says:

    Just love me some curried chicken salad! Try this same recipe with turkey breast and substitute halved white grapes for the raisins, toasted almonds, water chestnuts (yep!) instead of the other nuts. And you can make it a tiny bit healthier by doing half mayo half plain yogurt. Thanks again!

  92. Kim Christensen says:

    I have a very similar recipe; but instead of Mayo, I use Greek Honey Yogurt. Sometimes I add some quinoa for extra protein and filler. My recipe is missing the celery and the pepper – going to add that next time I make it. Thanks so much for sharing your recipe!

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  94. Danielle says:

    I seriously love this assholes recipe! Bookmarked to make whenever we have chicken. I purposely starve myself a little to have leftovers for this recipe the next day. Thank you!!!!!! ?

  95. debi bogdanos says:

    Karen – when I saw this recipe I had to have it now! Ran out to buy the apple, celery and lettuce, mixed it up (used Craisens) wrapped it up and was in heaven – couldn’t get a big enough mouthfull! Then, drat – realised I’d forgotten to put the apple in – back to the kitchen, added the apple and made another one! The combination of the crunch (I used toasted walnut pieces), chew, creamy flavor is amazing! I’ve recently lost 25#, so will be making this with a lil less chicken and light mayo – Thank you very much!!! Debi

    • Karen says:

      It’s a keeper isn’t it Debi? It’s just a perfect little recipe. And congratulations on losing 25 pounds. That’s a lot of hard work! ~ karen

  96. Bev says:

    What type of curry did you use. I tried a curried chicken a few months back and it was terrible.


    • Karen says:

      Well, you might not like curry Bev, lol. I use two types of curry depending on my mood and what I’m making. Regular indian curry and Thai curry, which is a bit sweeter and milder. I like both. Also if you’re new to curry just add a little bit. I add a ton now but I started years ago with just experimenting with a little bit. 🙂 ~ karen!

  97. I am dreaming of just such a salad. I will go with apples, celery, cashews and maybe chopped grapes.
    My question is why no cashews, almond or walnuts? I am doing some kind of a paleo diet and I have not heard of those restrictions.
    Thank you for the great receipe!

  98. Ann says:

    Just a quick comment…this salad is much much much better if you let it sit in the frig for at least overnight. And yes, do sub dried cranberries, over raisins. Either are great, but the cranberries are the best. By letting it sit and mellow the flavors really marry together better. This is one of my favorite foods, but alas, it is not low enough carb for me with the apples and cranberries. So I make and eat it very very rarely. It becomes a special treat and one I would eat over dessert any day

    • Karen says:

      Yes, you’re right! Like chili or anything else with spices it gets better with age. (but not too much age, lol) ~ karen!

  99. Renee Rydzewski says:

    confused – the post is from March 7, 2017, but the replies are from 2011? Is this a glitch or was this recipe reposted? Anyways it sounds tasty, and since the hubby is allergic to fresh apples, I shall try red grapes & cranberries. Oh and it would be good in those little mini peppers as an appetizer too

    • Karen says:

      Hi Renee! I re-wrote and re-posted it yesterday. I do that the odd time with older posts that deserve their time in the sun. Fix up the photos a bit, rewrite a bit and in this case added in a new printable recipe. 🙂 ~ karen!

  100. Roseann says:

    What a coincidence to see this recipe again… I did the Whole30 Challenge at the beginning of this year and struggled to come up with a “compliant” meal that I could prep ahead of time and bring to work for lunch. I remembered this recipe from when it was first posted (yes, I have been following you that long, just never post) and searched for it. It is sooo good that I have continued to bring it to the office for lunch every day – long after I finished my Challenge! I use chicken thighs, cook a bunch in the slow cooker on the weekend, chop the meat and portion it into baggies (some goes into the freezer). The night before mix it up but don’t cut up the apple – I pack it to bring with my lunch. The next day I just slice the apple up and take a bite with each bite of salad… wonderful!

  101. Melissa says:

    This really is the best I’ve ever eaten…well, I don’t typically like mayo based salads so I tend to avoid them altogether, but I had this at a Downton Abbey tea party and had to request the recipe from the SDPB (SD Public Broadcasting – who hosted the teas all over SD). When I make this I can’t get enough of it! I’m going to make it this weekend for our Downton Abbey Reunion Tea a friend and I are having, and we’re nestling it into mini-popovers. I can’t wait! This really is so good! I’m anticipating lots of requests for the recipe. 🙂

    • Karen says:

      OH! The Downton Abbey tea party people were using my Curried Chicken Salad recipe? That’s funny! And fun. 🙂 I still always eat it on lettuce but I bet they’d be great in a popover! ~ karen

  102. Phyllis says:

    I love your blog … and I just read the discussion about eating/raising chickens. I’m still loving what one of my teachers (Susun Weed) told us ~ that when you really love the animal you’re raising for meat, and that animal knows why you’re caring for it so deeply (you talk to it !!), then when the time comes, you’ll be eating love (!!) and ‘you are what you eat’ ….

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