So I seriously never liked chicken salad…. (I blame goopy mayonnaise overkill)
But something switched this year and I am ALL about it!
It’s super satisfying, and tastes so yummy mounded on salad or wrapped in a large leaf of butter lettuce. I’m even into making picnic sandwiches with croissants!
One major swap that makes chicken a lot more refreshing & light is swapping out half the mayonnaise for Greek yogurt 🙂
It adds a delicious tang and ups the protein content of the salad. Win win.
I’ve made regular chicken salad with fresh grapes and walnuts, but I like it even better with a pop of curry powder. The turmeric gives the whole thing a beautiful golden tint, and the blend of curry powder spices makes each bite exciting and flavorful.
Of course, if you just had a mix of chicken coated w. creamy sauce, things could get a bit boring, texture-wise.
Throw in some diced celery, raisins, and sliced almonds and now you’ve got a nice crunch factor. Finally, some minced cilantro & green onions compliment the creamy curry flavor, and make the perfect chicken salad. Yum Yum.
Chicken salad makes awesome picnic food.
Imagine lounging on a blanket, reveling in the sun, and pulling out a batch of this awesome chicken salad. It’s light, refreshing, savory, and satisfying. You can even kick it up a notch by stuffing it into croissants.
It’s super delicious!
- 2 lbs boneless skinless chicken breasts
- 1 head butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed, and patted dry
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 3 tablespoons apricot preserves
- 1 tablespoon unseasoned rice vinegar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 cup diced celery
- 1/4 cup sliced green onions
- 1/3 cup raisins
- 1/2 cup sliced or slivered almonds
- 1/4 cup minced cilantro
Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Add the chicken breasts, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook the chicken breasts for about 15 minutes, or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit (use an instant thermometer if you aren't sure!).
Remove the chicken breasts and let cool. When cooled, dice the chicken into a half-inch dice and set aside.
In a large bowl, stir together the mayonnaise, Greek yogurt, curry powder, apricot preserve, rice vinegar, salt, and pepper until well combined. Add the diced chicken, celery, green onions, raisins, almonds, and cilantro. Use a big spoon to stir to combine. Refrigerate to cool before serving, if desired.
When ready to serve, spoon the chicken salad mixture onto the lettuce leaves, fold up, and enjoy. Goes great with fresh croissants, or even turned into a chicken salad croissan-wich!