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Jun 30, 2009 06:32 PM

Help with curry chicken salad for novice please

hi all

i am VERY new to curry. in the past, i have tried some dishes with curry that i did not like at all ( there are different types, yes? ) well, the past couple of weeks i have had 2 different curry chickens ( one was hot, one was a cold salad ) and i LOVED them. both were with the bright yellow type if that makes sense to you guys. the hot one had raisins and i think some kind of nut and the cold chix salad had raisins & apricots. JUST DELICIOUS! anyway, can you please give me some recipes? i would love to make a cold chix salad version for 4th of july bbq.

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  1. I like this curried egg salad recipe, and sometimes I adapt it for curried chicken salad. I usually use craisins instead of the currants and sometimes add almonds too.

    1. This recipe for curried turkey salad from epicurious is excellent! It has raisins and mango chutney.

      You could easily sub chicken for the curry.

      1. Here is a nice one: I would add more curry powder than they recommend. You could also use this recipe as sort of a base for ideas and what you might have in the fridge. I always use nuts in mine. I like raisins, mango or pineapple, dried fruit. I might use full fat yogurt and mayo too. Otherwise it may get runny. Add in what they say and then if it is too pasty, put in some more mayo. I love the fresh ginger and chutney in it. That would be so good. If you are iffy on the grapes, use raisins. It will be awesome.

        Enjoy your 4th.

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        1. re: Sal Vanilla

          I don't care for mayo at all, so I prefer this made with yogurt, and only a judicious amount of dressing. Tart apple is nice for texture and tanginess.

        2. I prefer that the curry powder be cooked first, I think it improves the flavor and eliminates the grittiness that can come from raw curry powder. Here's my version of curried chicken salad, very simple and delicious.

          1 roasted chicken, about 3.5 pounds, cooked, skinned, boned, chilled, and chopped into 1/2-inch pieces
          2 ribs celery, finely chopped
          1/4 cup sliced scallion
          2/3 cup chopped apple
          1/2 cup golden raisins
          1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds, toasted
          2/3 cup mayonnaise
          1 tablespoon vegetable oil
          2 tablespoons curry powder

          Make the dressing: heat a small skillet or very small saucepan over medium heat and add the oil and curry powder. Stir to form a paste and heat for a minute or two, until the mixture smokes a bit and becomes fragrant - keep stirring. Cool for five minutes and mix with the mayonnaise. Toss the rest of the ingredients together in a large bowl and then mix in the curry dressing.

          This salad is great immediately and after being refrigerated overnight.

          1. Here's my favorite curried chicken salad:


            It has a bit of minced crystalized ginger in the dressing which gives it added zing.