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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.
TIA

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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.

    http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

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

      http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo...

      You could easily sub chicken for the curry.

      1. Here is a nice one: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/foo... 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:

            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/4232...

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

            1. this is famous around the south, the recipe spread by word of mouth whenever anyone tastes it! you won't believe the mysterious savoriness that results from the soy sauce and curry component. then, with the crunchy goodness of almonds and water chestnuts...added to sweet grapes and pineapple...it's a proven winner! when you're wanting to entertain, it is served in a hollowed-out pineapple half.

              http://southernfood.about.com/od/chic...

              edit: shred, don't cube the chicken. shredded chicken is better in salads, curries, most every time you use cooked chicken. it tastes better, and holds the dressing better.

              1. There is a curry chicken salad recipe in this thread that eamcd posted that I tried and really liked. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/625108

                I've made it twice since and will be making it again this weekend. It has green granny smith apples in it and I tried it with green grapes last batch which was alright but I like the granny smith apples better.

                I highly recommend shredding the chicken rather than cutting in cubes.

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                1. re: Infomaniac

                  absolutely, i wanted to mention that one needs to pull/shred the chicken and not cube/cut it. it tastes different!

                2. The Ladies in these parts have drifted away from using whole birds...Now it's just the breast meat, s-lo-w-l-y simmered to perfect tenderness and diced --- Seedless Grapes...Sliced Water Chestnuts, Slivered Almonds, Diced Celery tossed in a dressing of Mayonnaise, Curry Powder, Soy Sauce, and Lemon Juice, served on a bed of beautiful lettuces...Quite nice for a Ladies Luncheon....For me it makes a darn good sammich!!!

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                  1. re: Uncle Bob

                    yep, uncle bob, that's the very one (but pulled meat tastes better, if you try it side by side with the diced). the recipe i linked omits the celery, but it is a good addition for extra crunch.

                    since you've had the salad, you can attest to the mysterious (and fabulous) flavor sensation created by the combo of the soy and the curry powder in the mayo.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      thanks everyone! you have REALLY helped me out. i am going to take "a little of this and a little of that" from each of your posts to suit my fave taste.
                      have a good holiday weekend everyone & THANKS AGAIN, it is much appreciated.

                      1. re: alkapal

                        Pulled/shredded meat tasting better than diced is a matter of opinion......IMO it's more of a texture issue than one of taste...I can attest to the fact that I much prefer diced over shredded and have for 50 years...It's my personal preference!

                        Bon Appetit !!!

                        1. re: Uncle Bob

                          yes, it is a matter of personal taste. i wonder what percentage of hounds like their chicken salad as you do, or pulled, as do infomaniac and i? (and i do mean "pulled" and not really "shredded" as that word brings to mind....). not that i'd turn my nose up at a diced chicken salad, in any event! ;-). look at all these: http://images.google.com/images?clien...

                          and i loooove the "hawaiian chicken salad" i mentioned on a croissant!

                    2. Whole Foods as a very good curry chicken salad, you shoukld try it. It you like it, purchase a small amount, and the label will list the ingredients. I have duplicated it, just using the label, infact, it used to be stuck to our old fridge.

                      If you also have a costco, you could use their roasted chicken. I like to go very light on the mayo, you could proably use a greek yougurt as a substitute.