This Curry Chicken Salad is so creamy and crunchy and just perfect wrapped up in some lettuce cups or all on it’s own. Made up of roasted chicken breast, crisp carrots, celery, onion, cashews and raisins for sweetness. Topped with the most addictive creamy curry yogurt sauce you will want to put on everything! It comes together in 10 minutes and is meal prep and kid-friendly.
Chicken salad is one of those recipes that is timeless yet so simple and easy to make. You can combine so many different flavors like in this crunchy curry chicken salad that is basically an epic recipe that I have made too many times to count at this point.
I was never really the biggest fan of curry, or at least I didn’t think I was until I started branching out. My niece actually introduced me to a curry rice recipe she ordered for take-out and it was so good. I was sold!
This curry chicken salad recipe is my go-to way to add some curry spices to my life though. The combo of flavors mixed in with the yogurt and mayo with a hint of lime is just pure magic.
Why you will love this curry chicken salad recipe
- It is so crunchy and creamy
- Very filling and satisfying and packed with lots of protein and veggies
- Includes the most incredible spicy curry yogurt sauce you will love.
- Can be made in 10 minutes!
- It is great for meal prep and can be stored for up to 5 days.
- There is just so much flavor and texture it’s amazing!
Ingredients needed to make this recipe
How To make curry chicken salad
Making curry chicken salad is very easy to do in only a few simple steps in 10 minutes or less!
- Add all salad ingredients to a bowl.
- Mix up the curry yogurt sauce and add it to the salad.
- Toss everything together.
- Top with more lime juice, cashews and chopped cilantro.
It is so creamy and full of loads of texture and flavor. This is a chicken salad recipe you will make all the time. Plus, it get’s even better as it sits. You can enjoy this salad inside lettuce cups, between two slices of bread, on top of some greens like spinach or arugula, or just all on its own. It is delicious not matter how you enjoy it.
It would be great with this easy kale salad.
How to cook chicken for chicken salad
There are a few ways you can cook chicken for chicken salad. The easiest and fastest way is to buy a precooked rotisserie chicken at the grocery store. Which is great if you are short on time.
I prefer to use roasted or grilled chicken since it is also very flavourful and adds a nice bit of texture and seasoning. Plus, if you make it yourself then you can control the salt and seasoning, which I am a huge fan of.
For this recipe, I seasoned the chicken with a bit of olive oil, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper which is my preferred flavor combo for chicken.
I cooked the chicken in the air-fryer (my new number one way to cook chicken breast) for just 12-15 minutes and it came our perfect. You will want to let the chicken rest for a few minutes after cooking to allow the juices to distribute properly so that it doesn’t dry out. Because nobody wants dry chicken in their chicken salad right?
You can also roast the chicken breast in the oven at 425 degrees F for about 16-18 minutes, until the internal temperature reached 165 degrees F. Let it rest for at least 5 minutes then cut it up and make this chicken salad.
How to store curry chicken salad
You can easily store this salad in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, which makes it a great meal prep, make-ahead recipe.
Recipe Tips and Variations
- To make this recipe dairy-free you can use vegan mayo in place of the greek yogurt.
- Mix up the veggies and add in some diced cucumber or bell pepper.
- You can use a shallot in place of the onion if the onion is too strong or you are making this recipe for your kids.
- Add in some chopped apple or dried cranberries for more sweetness and flavor.
- See recommendations in post for the best ways to cook chicken for chicken salad.
- This chicken salad can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days.
- If you are looking for a vegan chicken salad recipe than this Chickpea Chicken Salad is definitely your jam.
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