It’s time to jazz up that old chicken salad sandwich with this Curried Chicken Salad. It’s a mix of sweet and spicy flavors! So delicious and so easy to make with store-bought shredded rotisserie chicken.
Updated: This post was first published here in August 2015. I decided it was worthy of a re-share because it’s a delicious way to jazz up that ordinary old chicken salad sandwich and one of my favorites here at the BHK. I’ve added all new photos and notes to the post below.
Do you get tired of the same old thing for lunch? I do. Sometimes I like to spice it up. So today I made us an awesome lunch! Curried Chicken Salad.
The Tastiest Sweet & Spicy Curried Chicken Salad
I have two go-to chicken salad recipes. #1 is the classic chicken salad which is chicken, chopped celery, onion, mayo and a touch of fresh tarragon. It’s delicious, but it’s “the usual”. The chicken salad recipe I am using for our lunch today, #2, is different! It’s not “the usual”. It’s so loaded with flavor it will knock your socks off! It’s kind of sweet and kind of spicy. It’s the perfect blend of both.
If you follow the blog, you know I like the addition of preserves to recipes for extra flavor. Remember my Spicy Sweet Potato Salad? If you liked that potato salad you’re going to LOVE this chicken salad! Both use apricot preserves. That’s the sweet. The spicy for this recipe is the curry powder with a slight dash of cayenne.
Curried Chicken Salad Ingredients
- apricot preserves
- curry powder
- cayenne powder
- kosher salt
- shredded rotisserie chicken
- green onions
For this recipe I use rotisserie shredded chicken that I get from the market. It’s already shredded, so I just give it a rough chop and it’s ready to be tossed with some fresh diced mango, chopped celery and scallion. Then I combine a little mayonnaise with the preserves, some lime juice, curry powder, a dash of cayenne and salt. I mix it well, pour it over the chicken mixture and toss it all together.
Right before I serve it I sprinkle some chopped cashews on top. Easy, right? All the different flavors and textures work really wonderful together.
This chicken salad is perfect served on a bed of lettuce or on multigrain bread or even a nice buttery croissant. No matter how you serve it, I think you are going to love all the flavors in this recipe and I’m hoping it will be your new go-to chicken salad recipe too!
Please let me know if you give the recipe a try. And if you have any questions about the recipe, just drop a comment below. Enjoy!
A Few Cook’s Notes for Curried Chicken Salad
If your local market doesn’t sell already shredded rotisserie chicken you can always buy a cooked chicken and take the meat off the bones yourself and shred it.
This recipe would also work with regular boneless, skinless chicken breasts either cooked through in a skillet or poached.
More Delicious Salad Recipes to Enjoy
- 1/3 cup mayonnaise
- 2 Tbsp. apricot preserves
- 3/4 tsp. curry powder
- 1/2 lime, juiced
- dash of cayenne
- dash of kosher salt
- 2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken, roughly chop
- 1/2 cup celery, finely chopped
- 3 green onions, sliced
- 1 ripe mango, peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup cashews, chopped
- Whisk first six ingredients in small bowl. Set aside.
- In large bowl combine chicken, celery, green onion and mango.
- Pour dressing over chicken mixture and toss to coat.
- Sprinkle with cashews before serving.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce or on multigrain bread or croissants.
Adapted from Cuisine at Home Magazine