Friday, January 18, 2013

Light Curried Chicken Salad

Light Curried Chicken Salad

The other day I was picking up a few things for my mother, including a stop in her local supermarket. It was nearing lunchtime and I was suddenly struck with an overwhelming urge for chicken salad. I'm not usually felled by random cravings but, for some reason, I just had to have some chicken salad! Because Brian is not a big fan of it, I decided to just go to the deli counter and have them fix me a sandwich but, just my luck, they were out of chicken salad. Well, this craving wouldn't quit so, if I couldn't have it for lunch, I would have it for dinner!

Light Curried Chicken Salad
I grabbed a yogurt and some fruit for my lunch...and a small rotisserie chicken. You can roast your own, of course, and I'm not usually a 'semi-homemade' type of cook but this is one shortcut I usually take. When I got home later that afternoon I was still very much in the throws of the craving so I immediately got to work shredding the cooked chicken. I typically like tarragon in my chicken salad but I didn't have any so I chose to make a curried version instead. Note that I'm not a huge fan of spicy food so my recipe is fairly light on the curry but you can add as much as you like. The little punch of heat along with the cool crunch of celery, the bite of red onion and the freshness of the chives really hit the spot. I think I ate half the salad straight from the bowl before I even got to slicing the bread. Enjoy!

Ingredients
1 1/2 Cups cooked, shredded chicken
2 Ribs celery, diced
1/4 Red onion, thinly sliced
1 Tablespoon fresh chives, chopped
1/4 Cup low fat mayonnaise
6 Tablespoons low fat buttermilk
1 Tablespoon lemon juice
1 Tablespoon mustard
1/4 Teaspoon sugar
1/2 Teaspoon curry powder (or, to taste)
Salt and pepper to taste

Light Curried Chicken Salad
In a bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, buttermilk, lemon juice, mustard, sugar and curry powder. Add the chives, red onion and celery. Fold in the chicken and season to taste.

14 comments:

  1. Anita, I LOVE this! I crave chicken salad all the time and I'm crazy for curry too. Pinning!

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  2. Anita, I LOVE this! I crave chicken salad all the time and I'm crazy for curry too. Pinning!

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  3. This looks good. I love chicken salad.

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  4. Love, love, love chicken salad....this looks delish with the curry in it!

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  5. I frequently start eating my "salads" straight out of the bowl - the bread's only a delivery device, anyway ... Enjoy your weekend :-)

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  6. Me gusta mucho, se ve delicioso! Saludos!

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  7. Oh, boy, now I'm craving chicken salad...and lightly curried chicken salad sounds perfect! Wonder if hubby would mind this for dinner? Hmmmm....I might just test the waters ;)

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  8. I have never seen a recipe like this (southern chicken salad is much different) however, as I read the ingredients I realized Mr. Picky Eater likes every single one which is sort of like a small miracle in itself. He loves Chicken salad - at least the kind we make down here - but today it will be very warm so I'm going to grab a roasted chicken at the store and make it. Curry and Chicken in salad - why did I ever put those two together?

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  9. Mmmmm, have not had curry chicken salad in years. Need to change that, I love mixing in grapes too.

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  10. Buttermilk with curry! What a great sweet and sour combo with a kick. I love this!

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  11. Years ago we went to a tea house that served a curry chicken salad, I've been hooked ever since. This looks delicious and I love that you've lightened up the calories!

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  12. Love love love this! Chicken salad is so good.. and so easy. Its the best just using up rotisserie chicken, I still haven't ever done a curried salad though, definitely mixing it up next time.

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  13. Yummy and simple - great mix of ingredients and thank you for lightening it up, it looks fantastic!

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  14. This is a wonderful curried salad to eat!

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