This curry chicken salad is a blend of  diced chicken, fresh veggies, dried fruit and nuts, all tossed together in a creamy spiced dressing. A quick and easy meal that’s perfect when served in a sandwich, with a side of buttery crackers or in refreshing lettuce cups.

I’m always looking for new options to spice up our everyday lunch options. Some of my favorites include turkey roll ups, seafood salad and this super flavorful curry chicken salad.

This curry chicken salad is a blend of  diced chicken, fresh veggies, dried fruit and nuts, all tossed together in a creamy spiced dressing. This curry chicken salad is a blend of  diced chicken, fresh veggies, dried fruit and nuts, all tossed together in a creamy spiced dressing.

Curry chicken salad served on a croissant.

Chicken salad is always a hit in my house, and this curry chicken salad turns an ordinary lunch into something special. It’s got the perfect blend of exotic spices, tender chicken and crunchy vegetables!

How do you make curry chicken salad?

Dice cooked chicken breast into bite size pieces, then place it in a large bowl. Add minced celery, red onion, raisins, cashews and parsley. Whisk together a mayonnaise based dressing flavored with lemon and curry powder, then pour the dressing over the chicken, veggies and fruit. Stir everything together, then serve right away, or refrigerate for later use.

Bowls of ingredients including chicken, diced vegetables and spices.

Tips for the best curry chicken salad

  • You can use freshly cooked chicken breast, leftover chicken from a previous meal or store bought rotisserie chicken for this salad. You can dice or shred the meat, although I prefer the texture of diced chicken.
  • I typically roast bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts at 400 degrees F for 45 minutes, then let the meat cool, remove the skin and dice up the chicken.
  • The dressing combines both mayonnaise and sour cream for the perfect creamy texture and optimal flavor. If you don’t have sour cream in the house, it’s fine to just use mayonnaise instead.
  • This recipe calls for yellow curry powder, which is a mild blend of spices that can be found in all major grocery stores.
  • Serve your curry chicken salad on a croissant, in a bowl with crackers on the side, or spoon the salad into lettuce for a low carb option.
  • Looking to save a few calories? You can substitute light mayonnaise and light sour cream instead of the full fat versions.

A bowl of diced chicken with raisins, cashews and vegetables.

How long does chicken salad last?

This salad will stay fresh in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Store in an airtight container for best results. Curry chicken salad is not a good candidate for the freezer, as it can become watery when thawed.

A bowl of chicken salad with creamy dressing poured over the top.

Salad Flavor Variations

This salad is delicious as-is, but you can easily use different ingredients to customize the flavors to your tastes.

  • Fruit: Instead of (or in addition to) the raisins, try pineapple, diced apples, dried cranberries or fresh halved grapes.
  • Nuts: Swap out the cashews for toasted chopped walnuts, pecans or slivered almonds.
  • Herbs and Spices: Swap out the parsley for dill, green onions or basil. You can also add additional spices such as garlic powder, onion powder, or a touch of smoked paprika.
  • Meat: Try diced roasted or smoked turkey instead of chicken for a different flavor.

A serving bowl of curry chicken salad garnished with parsley.

Curry chicken salad is great for a light lunch, perfect for potlucks and makes for the ultimate sandwich!

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Curry Chicken Salad

5 from 13 votes

Curry Chicken Salad

AuthorSara Welch
Curry chicken salad served on a croissant.
This curry chicken salad is a blend of  diced chicken, fresh veggies, dried fruit and nuts, all tossed together in a creamy spiced dressing. A quick and easy meal that's perfect when served in a sandwich, with a side of buttery crackers or in refreshing lettuce cups.
Time
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time1 minute
Total Time21 minutes
Course Salad
Cuisine American
Serves 6

Ingredients 

For the salad

  • 4 cups cooked chicken breast diced into bite sized pieces
  • 1/2 cup celery diced small
  • 2 tablespoons red onion finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup roasted cashews coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley leaves finely chopped

For the dressing

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise can use light
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice freshly squeezed
  • 2 teaspoons yellow curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions 

For the salad

  • Place the diced chicken in a large bowl.
  • Add the celery, red onion, raisins, cashews and parsley to the bowl.

For the dressing

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, curry powder, sugar, salt and pepper.
  • Pour the dressing over the chicken and vegetable mixture. Toss gently to coat, then serve immediately, or refrigerate for later use.

Nutrition

Calories: 250kcal | Carbohydrates: 1g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 139mg | Potassium: 29mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 187IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. 5 stars
    curried chicken salad is one of my favorite versions of chicken salad! cant wait to make this!

  2. 5 stars
    My family loves these curry chicken salad sandwiches! We have been making them for outdoor picnics now that the weather is getting warmer.

  3. 5 stars
    This curry chicken salad sounds so flavourful and like the perfect filling for a sandwich! Might make some tomorrow for lunch, delicious!

  4. 5 stars
    My sister makes something similar that she loves. I’ll have to show her your recipe. Adding cashews is a great idea! Extra protein.

  5. 5 stars
    I love a good chicken salad recipe, but you just turned it up a notch! I have got to try this recipe this weekend! Thanks so much for sharing 😉

  6. 5 stars
    Curried chicken is so comforting and hearty and this is a perfect idea for the warm weather picnics! Looks delicious…I would love one for lunch right now!

  7. 5 stars
    This recipe came out so good! Enjoyed the chicken salad with some crackers and celery sticks. Will be making again!