Sunday, June 26, 2011

Curried Chicken Salad ~ A Delicious Idea for Leftover Chicken!

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It's one of my all time favorite things to make with leftover chicken, this Curried Chicken Salad was made with grilled boneless, skinless chicken thighs that had marinated in a bit of olive oil and lots of fresh herbs...

Thigh meat works well in a curried chicken salad as the rich, dark meat of the thigh pairs well with the complexity of a curry powder.  Raisins, almonds, celery, scallion, a touch of lemon and herbs completes the dish...

Even better the next day...read on for the recipe.....




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Curried Chicken Salad

3 large boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cooked and cooled (ours was grilled and herb rubbed)
1/4 to 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
1/4 cup Plain Yogurt
1 tsp. curry powder (large teaspoon)
1/2 tsp. turmeric powder
1/2 tsp. hot paprika (optional, but it adds a slight kick)
1/3 cup celery, finely diced
1/4 cup scallion, chopped
2 T. cilantro, chopped
1 T. fresh lemon juice
a handful of raisins
a small handful of sliced almonds
Kosher salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Chop up your chicken into bite size pieces.

In a medium bowl mix together mayonnaise, yogurt, curry powder, turmeric powder, paprika, celery, scallion, cilantro and lemon juice. 

Fold your chicken into the mayonnaise/yogurt mixture.

Add your raisins and almonds and salt and pepper to taste. Even better the next day eaten cold!


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10 comments:

Andrea the Kitchen Witch said...

Curried chicken salad is one of the best things on earth! Deeeeeelish! I love the bright color, the sweet hints of raisin and the crunch of the celery & nuts. Perfect on a hot summer day!

Gabrielle said...

Omg....I am sitting in an easy chair wishing you would make this for me. The only problem is I can't stop eating this if it's in front of me.

StephenC said...

Glad to see someone using thighs instead of the ubiquitous boneless skinless breast. Lovely salad.

Lea Ann said...

I think curried chicken salad is just about the best! I'll have to compare my recipe to yours. It's been awhile since I've made it. Great photos.

Care's Kitchen said...

Thanks guys :) My husband (who used to say, "I'm not a huge curry fan...") LOOOOVED IT!!!

Who says you can't change someone??? Am I right?! :)

Rebecca from Chow and Chatter said...

wow this looks amazing :-)

Jay said...

this is gorgeous..my hubs would love this..:)
Tasty Appetite

Jenn said...

Fantastic use of leftover chicken!! Love curry...especially if it's got a bit of heat to it :)

sherri@crunchtime said...

Carolyn, you simply have the best recipes and ideas for eating well. You make eating real food fun and I always look forward to your posts. Love that this recipe uses chicken thighs because I still have a few in the freezer from a shopping mistake. Why is it that all my problems lead back to my thighs? ha

Nuts about food said...

I bet you hubby loved this, it looks sensational!