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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.