Hats off to the person who first thought of adding curry powder to chicken salad to give this classic recipe a distinctive and aromatic flavor.
The inspiration for this recipe comes from a local chicken salad place here in Charlotte called Mayobird. I know I’ve mentioned my love for this restaurant before and it still remains as one of our favorites. They feature more than 10 different chicken salad flavors and I’ve made it my mission to try them all. After giving the curried chicken salad a try on a recent visit, I loved it so much I found myself wanting to recreate this same flavor at home. This salad is a warm and comforting spin to the more traditional recipe because of the sweet crunchy apples, chewy raisins and warm spices of curry.
My husband has pretty high standards for chicken salad. He grew up eating his moms which later became the staple at her restaurant, Chantilly’s Tea Room. To find one that meets his approval is always a winner in my book and I’m happy to report this one did. I’ve tested this recipe several times to make sure each ingredient is well balanced and the salad is perfectly creamy and not overpowered by the taste of curry. The raisins are an incredible addition and the thing that really makes this salad pop. I use this method for making shredded chicken and it turns out tender every time. Instead of using two forks to break the chicken apart I use my stand mixer for quick and easy shredding. It really doesn’t require much work to prepare and I’ve found myself making a batch ahead of time for a quick, healthy and protein packed lunch I can eat throughout the week. This spin on a southern delicacy is great for picnics, parties or just to keep in the fridge. If you are new to chicken salad or grew up with it, give this a try. I’m sure it will quickly become one of your favorites as well.
- 3 whole chicken breast, cooked and shredded
- ¾ cup mayonnaise
- 1 tablespoon curry powder
- ½ cup raisins
- 1 cup diced apples (1 small apple)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- Start by cooking the chicken, if it isn't already cooked. If you are shredding the chicken using a food processor use the bowl as your mixing bowl.
- Add the shredded chicken to a large bowl. Add in the other ingredients and mix until well combined. Add additional salt and pepper as needed.