Curry Chicken Salad

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Inspired by Ellie Krieger and Amy Bishop of Green Brier Farms
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Inspired by my friend Amy Bishop with Greenbrier Farms (an organically run farm in S.C.), I am excited to share this tasty curry chicken salad recipe with you today. Chicken salad is traditionally made with mayo and unfortunately mayonnaise isn’t exactly a real food. The store bought versions are typically made with refined oils and also contain more than 5 ingredients. The homemade versions are more “real food approved” but oftentimes call for raw eggs, which I am on the fence about, plus we eat mayo so infrequently I don’t feel (for me personally) it’s worth the time to make it from scratch. So I’ve tried substituting plain yogurt in dishes like chicken salad, egg salad, and deviled eggs without much success because, frankly, I think plain yogurt is rather plain tasting and the flavor – or lack thereof – was a little too overwhelming in these dishes. So I was thrilled to be introduced to the idea of adding curry to chicken salad, because curry has such a wonderful flavor it totally makes up for what the yogurt is missing.

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  1. Mayonnaise is very easy to make and doesn’t taste anything like what you buy in the store. You can make it in just a few minutes. As for the raw egg yolk, I see nothing wrong with that, if your eggs are fresh what is the problem? You are more likely to get sick from raw vegetables.

  2. Made the chicken salad last night and it was delicious for lunch today! I even used your whole chicken crock pot recipe for the chicken. Awesome!

  3. Made mine with raisins, granny smith apples and sunflower seeds, yum! Greek yogurt was a bit tart for me, will try traditional next time. I contemplated adding honey to compensate, but that wouldn’t have done the raisins and apples any good. I love all the inspired suggestions on here, can’t wait to try more!

  4. I make my own mayo, but have never tried chicken salad (I was a vegetarian for 14 years). I will have to try it out, thanks for the recipe :) And you should try making your own mayo, it’s delicous :)

  5. I love curried chicken salad but have never made it with yogurt before (I don’t have a problem with raw eggs as long as I get them from a local farmer so I make my own mayo) but I’d love to try it! I also like to make my chicken salad with lots of chopped celery and an apple…now I want to try combining the two types of chicken salad!

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  10. Wen I discovered Greek yogurt I was so excited exhale I’ve never liked mayo! I now eat all of those fun “salads”

    Just made this curry chicken salad- so yummy! Thank you! I like it “wet” so added an extra 1/4 of the yogurt. I also bought ak mak crackers for the first time today… So reasonable and delicious for a cracker. Thank you for all that you do!

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    Really, there is a whole demographic out there that really, really needs this cooking/recipe resource. Nothing says ‘home’ more than home cooking. Takeout, supermarket deli and fast food get old, fast.

    Thanks from a 40 something guy!

  12. 5 stars
    I wonder if adding a splash of vinegar, maybe a flavored vinegar, would improve the flavor with plain yogurt?

  13. I wanted to chime in and say how much I LOVE e-meals. I started eating the organic/whole foods plan when I first started a journey to reduce processed foods in my diet. It really opened up my world to a whole new group of foods. the recipes are all cooked in under an hour, they are delicious, sometimes even fancy. I’m now using the clean eating plan, which is even less processed than organic plan and we are enjoying it as well. Portions are perfect for my family of two and I highly recommend it!

  14. Just a tip for easy shredded chicken…I boil my chicken and then when it’s done just put it in the kitchen aid with the dough mixer attachment and it shreds the chicken I’m about two minutes hands free!!

  15. Sorry about that, makes more sense about the eggs, and not raw veggies. Thanks again for the recipe. Also now that I’m eating clean I’ve lost over 20 pounds and feel great. I don’t 100% of the time, but I try on most days.

  16. Lisa,
    You and Vani were amazing in those interviews. I literally had tears in my eyes as I listened to you speak so passionately about this very important subject. I hope this is just the beginning of a food revolution in our country. Thank you for being a voice for all of us moms who are trying to do better for our children.

  17. I will totally try this, it looks so good. I pack shredded chicken in my lunch as a snack but this will be perfect for a meal. Also I didn’t know that you were on “the fence” about eating raw veggies. Do you have information on why? Just wondering, I didn’t realize that. I eat lots of salads so..

  18. I picked up a “Chicken Salad made with Rotisserie Chicken” yesterday from Costco. Today I read the ingredients… Beyond shocked… I would like to share with you…

    Chicken, water, soybean oil, whole eggs,egg yolks, cultured milk and cream,milk cream, onions, whey,modified corn starch,high fructose corn syrup,distilled vinegar,salt, sodium phosphates,modified food starch,sugar,soy lecithin, vinegar,lemon juice, calcium disodium EDTA,Guar Gum,Carageenan,calcium sulfate, rice starch,mal todextrin, cultured dextrose, corn sugar,extractive of black pepper –(Ok I’m getting a little tired but I have 20 more ingredients)extractive of celery, citric acid, locust bean gum, spices, lactic acid,mono and diglycerides, sodium casinate, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate, acetic acid, natural and artificial flavors, lemon juice concentrate,dehydrated parsley,paprika, kosher gelatin, sodium citrate, enzymes, apple cider vinegar, cultured sugar turmeric, onion powder, garlic powder, xanthan gum.

    And then it says “perishable keep refrigerated”… I’m pretty sure with all of those ingredients it could last a week without refrigeration…

    I was absolutely 100% SHOCKED!!! I thought I was picking up a healthy alternative to snack on…

  19. Try using whipped cream for your base. It gives your chicken salad a slightly sweeter taste and it keeps it lighter. That’s how we made it when I worked in a Victorian tea parlor. Just make sure your chicken is chilled. It was delish and a big hit!

  20. After, going halfway to “Real Foods” last January when I put my family on the Feingold diet (no artificial anything and no preservatives), I myself have been eating the Whole 30 diet since the end of last year. Because the only oils allowed are coconut oil and olive oil, I have been making my own mayo. I have a Bosch mixer/blender and I can make it in 2 to 3 minutes. Completely worth the effort! I do not have everyone completely on the the Whole 30 (kids and hubby are allowed grains) but I am seeing even further improvement in the kids’ behavior as I go more and more natural. I use organic, pastured eggs and don’t worry about them being raw. The risk of salmonella is low if you know your source and know the farmer cares for the hens well and doesn’t cramp them together. But then I do raw milk too! My kids HATE it now whenever I miss a pickup because we are out of town or something.

    About chicken curry salad – try it on top of cantaloupe! Absolutely scrumptious blending of flavors.

    Finally, as my teenage kids say “You were boss on Oz yesterday!” :-) So sorry I missed you on CNN today. I may go to their website to see if the clip is there.

  21. Missed the Dr. Oz appearance, but you were awesome on CNN this morning!

    I don’t eat meat any more, but when I did, I made chicken salad with celery, sliced almonds and grape halves, and used sour cream instead of mayo. I agree with Amanda that Greek yogurt would be better than regular yogurt. Perhaps the sour cream could be mixed with the Greek yogurt for my version.

    I rarely eat tuna, but mix it with curry or turmeric to mask the tuna flavor. I know it would be great with chicken.

    1. I used to make a Pampered Chef version that also had mayo, but included apples. Made it with lemon yogurt, which was really good. I’m going to have to try greek yogurt and lemon juice and zest and see how it is! Letting it sit in the fridge a few hours or overnight made it the best.

  22. I have a lot of dried cilantro on hand that I dehydrated last summer from our garden. Any ideas of how much of this to use instead of the 1/3 cup of fresh leaves? Thanks!

    1. The traditional fresh herb to dried conversion is 3 to 1. i.e. 1 tablespoon fresh herbs = 1 teaspoon dried. So you need 1/3 of 1/3 cup, ha ,ha. Since 1/3 cup = 5 tbs + 1 tsp, 1/3 of that would be 5 1/3 teaspoons dried cilantro. Though the recipe does call for loosely packed cilantro, and that 5 1/3 teaspoons seems like quite a lot, so perhaps start with a teaspoon, taste and add another up to 5 1/3 teaspoons until desired seasoning level is reached.

  23. Try using hummus to make chicken salad. I prefer it taste wise to mayo and yogurt. It’s got a little creaminess and holds everything together and has just the right amount of flavor. Best chicken salad in the world: shredded chicken, halved grapes, diced apples and hummus. Seriously, give it a go!

  24. My friend, the crock pot! And I had a wild idea to try a tofu version (no crock pot :)) for my husband, the Vegan. Just the right idea for tonight. Thanks!

  25. Use plain Greek yogurt instead of plain yogurt. Much creamier. I know you buy Organic but Fage Plain Greek Yogurt is about the best you can get. I use regularly and no body knows.

  26. Looks yummy! I have been using the eMeals Clean Eating menu for about 3 weeks now and I LOOOOOOOOOOOVE it. The recipes (with the exception of maybe 2) have been a hit. Especially with my husband who was seriously doubtful that ANYTHING would taste good. The recipes have even allowed for some leftovers for lunches. Looking forward to making this chicken curry! I was planning on roasting a chicken tomorrow for dinner (eMeals recipe from a couple of weeks ago), so this will be perfect with the leftovers!

  27. When you do use mayo, do you have a preferred brand? I’m like you – I use mayo so infrequently that I’m more concernd with making the best choice than finding a substitute for the rare times I use it. I’ve been buying Duke’s – seems to have a simpler ingredient list (and less sugar) than other brands I could find on the shelf.

  28. Ooh this sounds yummy! I have been using curry when I make tuna salad for about a year now, but it never dawned on me to use it when making chicken salad. Can’t wait to try this!