Kick up your favorite classic with this Curry Chicken Salad.
Fresh, flavorful, and fabulous.
(Plus, it’s Paleo, Whole30, and Gluten Free!)
We’re coming off of the hottest February on record in more than 100 years. There were several 90+ degree days, and we spent a lot of time in the high 80s. I’ll admit that while I liked the sunshine, and getting to spend time outside, it did make me a leeetle bit nervous about what’s coming this summer.
During those hotter days, I find that I just don’t want to heat up my kitchen, which is when my favorite low- and no-cook meals come into play. Chicken salad is one of those easy go-to meals you can prepare in no time. It makes an awesome packed lunch or an easy dinner at home.
This curry spin wakes up my classic recipe and made for such a nice change of pace.
I love that I can serve this a huge variety of ways. Certainly, you can serve it as a sandwich (with bread, a croissant, etc.) or dip crackers into it, but it’s also really good with apple slices, cucumber slices, or on lettuce leaves for lettuce wraps.
It’s one of those easy recipes that helps use up those last few celery stalks, grapes, or apples you have in the fridge, and if you’ve already got cooked chicken on hand, it’s done in no time.
Notes on the Recipe:
Shortcut. Did you know that places like Sprouts and Whole Foods sell unseasoned rotisserie chickens? That means they’re Whole30 friendly and allergy friendly. If you’re not doing Whole30/worrying about allergies, my other favorite store-bought rotisserie chicken is the one from Costco. #costcoforever
Let’s talk mayo. Making your own mayonnaise is remarkably easy. It takes less than 2 minutes, and you can use it for all kinds of things. My recipe is here. For store-bought mayo, I prefer Primal Kitchen avocado oil mayonnaise or Just Mayo if you’ve got egg allergies (it’s made with pea protein).
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- 2 cups cooked chicken
- 4 Tbsp mayonnaise (or vegan mayo)
- 1/2 tsp yellow curry powder
- Juice of 1/2 a lemon
- 1 green onion, sliced
- 1/2-1 apple, finely diced (or can use grapes)
- 1-2 celery stalks, finely diced
- salt, to taste
- In a medium bowl, stir together, mayonnaise/vegannaise, curry powder, and lemon juice. Stir in chicken, green onion, apple, and celery. Stir to coat. If desired, add more mayonnaise, or lemon juice. Taste and add salt to your preference.