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Sweet Curried Chicken Salad

May 23, 2017 11:00AM ● By Lana Granfors

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By Lana Granfors
Photo by Kara Stewart
June 2017

Someone once told me that in their next life, they wanted to come back as my Sweet Curried Chicken Salad. I have to admit, it is always well received! It is so fresh and has a wonderful crunch from the celery, and the sweetness of the red grapes and toasted coconut heighten the curry flavor. It’s a super easy recipe to make and also a great choice all summer long, as it does not require a stove – so it won’t heat up your kitchen! I like all the ingredients listed in this salad, but you can easily change it to suit your taste. And those colors…oh my!



1  cup mayonnaise or Greek yogurt 

¹⁄³ cup chutney

3 T curry powder

½ tsp. ground ginger

¹⁄³ cup dry white wine or lime juice

1 cup medium diced celery, about 3 stalks

1 small bunch cilantro, chopped

¼ cup green onion, chopped

½ cup sweetened flaked coconut, toasted

1 cup pecan pieces

4 cup cooked diced chicken, about 2 lbs.
(I use market roasted chicken)

1 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half


Prep time: 30 minutes


STEP 1: For the dressing, in a medium bowl, combine the mayonnaise or yogurt, chutney, curry powder, ground ginger and wine or lemon juice.        

STEP 2: In a large bowl, add in the remaining ingredients, except the grapes, and about half the dressing.  Stir until thoroughly combined.  

STEP 3: Add grapes and lightly toss to incorporate into the salad mix. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve. When serving, add more dressing, as needed.  It may be made a day in advance and stored in the refrigerator.

STEP 4: Serve on bed of leafy lettuce, such as red, green, butter or romaine gems.