Classic chicken salad recipes that are mayonnaise based, with the obligatory celery and onion thrown in, can be a culinary yawn-fest. For a colorful, flavorful alternative, try an exotic curried chicken salad chock full of healthy ingredients, and with a surprising crunch. This low fat, versatile, and the easy chicken recipe is a terrific addition to any cook’s arsenal.
Classic chicken salad recipes
- lb. raw skinless boneless chicken breast
- 1/4 C. light mayonnaise use lime flavored mayonnaise, if available
- 1/4 C. light sour cream
- 1 Tbsp. Madras curry powder
- ½ tsp. turmeric powder
- 2 Tbsp. green onions thinly sliced
- ¼ C. sliced almonds
- ¼ C. golden raisins also called sultanas
- ¼ C. minced fresh parsley
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a medium-sized saucepan, boil the chicken in lightly salted water until completely done, about 20 minutes. Drain and cool completely.
In a medium sized bowl mix the light mayonnaise, light sour cream, curry powder, and turmeric powder.
Mince the golden raisins.
When chicken is completely cool, cut into very small chunks (1/2-inch). Alternately, shred chicken using two forks.
Add chicken to curry mixture and mix well. Add sliced green onions, sliced almonds, minced raisins, and minced parsley and combine well. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Curried Chicken Over Salad Greens—Place mixed salad greens or spring mix on a medium sized plate. Add generous ½-cup of curried chicken salad in the center. Garnish with halved seedless red grapes, more sliced almonds, avocado slices, and mandarin oranges.
Curried Chicken Croissants—Use mini-croissants if available. Slice croissants open sandwich-style. Place a few tablespoons of curried chicken salad on each croissant. Add with a few leaves of arugula or other salad greens, if desired, then close with the top of the croissant. Curried Chicken Croissants are perfect for bridal showers, brunches, and picnics.
Lunch Box Mini-Sandwiches—Take small, soft dinner rolls and cut in half, sandwich-style. Fill with curried chicken salad. Wrap tightly. Kids enjoy the sweet raisins, and crunchy almonds, making this a healthy lunch box recipe alternative.
Chicken Wrap Recipe—On a medium-sized flour tortilla, place a few tablespoons of curry, along with shredded carrots, sliced avocado, and alfalfa sprouts. Roll up and secure with a toothpick or wrap tightly in tin foil and cut in half.
Health Benefits of Curry
Curry is not a spice, but rather a combination of different spices, typically including turmeric, ginger, coriander, cardamom, and other spices. Turmeric, in particular, may have significant health benefits.
The National Institutes of Health’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine funded a study of turmeric to determine how its properties—in particular, its anti-inflammatory effects—might be used in the treatment of Rheumatoid Arthritis, and additional studies are planned. An article in Scientific American contends that turmeric may yield results in the treatment of Alzheimer’s, cancer, and other diseases.
A Chicken Salad for All Occasions
Health benefits aside, this curried chicken salad is a welcome departure from the standard-issue chicken salad recipes of yore. From a healthy lunch box staple to an elegant main course for a low-fat lunch, curried chicken salad is a low-fat chicken recipe that can be dressed up or down, to suit any occasion.