Curried Chicken Salad

I didn’t want to make anything hot (since it’s a million degrees outside), and I didn’t want to have to spend the evening washing dishes (‘cause that’s boring). Usually when I feel this way, it means Sandwich Night!

IMG_0089I drew inspiration from The Pioneer Woman with this meal. She made something similar using bowtie pasta (we know how I feel about bowties) and some similar ingredients. I didn’t have everything she had on hand, so I improvised! According to my Dad, that’s the best kind of cooking and he’s right. It’s way more fun than following a recipe.

I gathered everything that looked like it would taste good together. Leftover chicken from Taco Tuesday night, toasted walnuts from our dinner party on Thursday, my spices, leftover red onion…you get the idea.

IMG_0078The shredded chicken from Taco Tuesday night was simple. A bunch of random chicken parts (eww, I meant a couple of chicken breasts and some thighs) that I threw into the crockpot with enough beef stock and water to cover the meat (beef stock? I know, it’s all I had, and does it really matter?), threw in some sprigs of rosemary and thyme, a little s&p and a couple of cloves of whole garlic. Set it on low for several hours and came home to some yummy smelling chicken!

With the bones, spices and juices leftover I decided to make a simple chicken stock. I dumped it all into a pot and let it simmer for several hours. Just skim the fat every so often and voila! you have some homemade chicken stock. If you have carrots or onions, pretty much anything else, throw it in. The more flavor the better!

I shredded what I needed for the tacos and put the rest in the fridge. Well, today was the day it would be called up to the plate again (literally). I cut what I had left over into small pieces and set that aside.

IMG_0081On to the onion. I had a huge red onion I’ve been using all week for different recipes, and since I didn’t want to be overloaded with onion, I took off about a quarter and chopped it up.

IMG_0080 Next, the walnuts. I toasted up some walnuts the other night when I made a spinach salad. You don’t have to if you don’t want. To toast them I put them in a dry pan over medium/high heat for about 5 minutes. Easy breezy. Chop them into whatever size you feel is appropriate for chicken salad. Like my salsa, I like to see what’s going on, not a gloopy mess.

IMG_0083Next, the raisins. Mine looked kind of dry so I thought I’d plump them up a little. I soaked them in hot chicken stock for about 10 minutes. Why not, right? In all fairness, they don’t look transformed that much, but in my mind they weren’t so dry.

IMG_0084 Measure out your mayo.

IMG_0085 If you’re feeling like you want some heat, throw in some crushed red pepper flakes!

IMG_0086 And of course, the curry powder.

IMG_0087Throw in some salt and cracked black pepper, mix it together and you’ve got yourself a happy little sandwich.

IMG_0088 Makes 4 sandwiches
Ingredients

8 slices of bread, I used some brioche I had in the freezer
1 large chicken breast & 2 chicken thighs, cooked and cubed into small pieces
1/4 red onion, finely chopped
1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (optional)
1/2 cup raisins
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cracked black pepper
1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
1 tsp curry powder
Spinach or lettuce

Preparation Instructions

If you don’t have a toaster (like me), get your broiler going. Gather all of your ingredients and get yourself set up. Having everything set out before you start will make is easier for you, trust me.

If you’re going to get a little crazy like me, heat up some chicken stock (or broth) in the microwave and let your raisins take a soak. If you’re not a little crazy, don’t.

If you’re using the broiler, pop those slices of bread in, but keep an eye on them. Nothing worse than scraping burnt toast. If your a toaster using human, you know what to do.

Dice your chicken and drop it into a large bowl. On to the red onion. Dice it then drop it in. Add your mayo, your walnuts (toasted or otherwise), raisins and seasonings. If you want some heat but not too much, go easy on the crushed red pepper flakes. We like spicy food so I knew the 1/2 teaspoon would be fine. Mix it up, give it a taste. We don’t like too much mayo, you may. Adjust to your heart’s desire.

Time to assemble! The hubs likes spinach, I prefer lettuce. I piled his high with spinach, mine with romaine. Slice it on the diagonal (‘cause it’s prettier that way), and you’re all set!

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22 Response to Curried Chicken Salad

August 29, 2010 at 5:33 PM

YUM! Mayo AND curry AND chilli - sounds utterly delicious. It's always such a triumph to be able to scrape together a meal using up your leftovers huh? :)

Mom
August 31, 2010 at 7:00 AM

Necessity indeed is the mother of invention; sounds like she was at work here -- cool meal for a hot day, oh yeah :)

August 31, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Mmm that looks delicious! And I like the idea of having a sandwich night! :D

stacey
August 31, 2010 at 11:42 PM

great blog! love the pictures and content too..
i will definitely try my hand at some of these recipes ( the easier ones first :P)

August 31, 2010 at 11:43 PM

I love curried chicken salad! I like the addition of walnuts--never tried it that way!

September 1, 2010 at 12:28 AM

Yummy! Love the fruity hit of the raisins and the nice crunch from the nuts.

PS: Great blog!

September 1, 2010 at 1:52 AM

Hi Meredith, thanks for dropping by my blog and your kind words on my pics :) Your blog looks great and funnily enough I just put up a post of curry chicken!

September 1, 2010 at 5:54 AM

I wish I had that for lunch today - love this kind of sandwich!

September 1, 2010 at 6:53 AM

I love this curry chicken salad! Looks scrumptious!

September 1, 2010 at 6:54 AM

Thanks for stopping by "Satisfied"~ hope you'll be back... My blog is fairly new as well. I was thinking about writing a blog this week "not reinventing the wheel". You too huh? I just love simple beautiful food. Until next time...
~Chef Louise

September 1, 2010 at 8:27 AM

Hey Meredith! Thanks for visiting Remarkably Domestic! Your site looks great... I love the Brookies. :-) I'll be back for more yummy food!

September 1, 2010 at 9:24 AM

Meridith, this is a lovely salad. If it tastes as good as it lookd you have a winner on yoyr hands. I likr your blog. The recipes and food you feature are terrific. I'll be back often to see what else you've been cooking. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings...Mary

September 1, 2010 at 9:57 AM

Thanks for all of the kind words! I hope you all try it! It's great for those hot summer evenings where you just don't want to be standing over the stove! Enjoy

September 1, 2010 at 10:34 AM

Thanks for stopping by my Cuccee blog http://www.cuceesprouts.com I like your blog a lot: gorgeous photos, beautiful recipes! Keep up good work!

September 1, 2010 at 11:05 AM

this sounds delicious!!! i love curry

September 2, 2010 at 7:35 PM

Thanks guys!

Becca
September 4, 2010 at 3:04 PM

i love the descriptions and whatnot that you put in the beginning they make me smile. and i love the step by step pictures too:)
looks yummy as always. my goal is to always be better then abby and since she's been cooking, i've decided that im gonna start it up too and use some of your recipes:D<3!

September 4, 2010 at 3:05 PM

Go for it Becca! Send me photos of what you make :)

September 5, 2010 at 12:14 AM

Thanks for visiting our site. Love a good curry chicken salad recipe, and this one does not disappoint.

September 5, 2010 at 4:35 AM

This looks so delish and easy (my fav things to make:) I will definitely try this sandwich out and Sandwich Nite is now official at my house! Thanks for the great tips.

September 5, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Yay Sammy Night!!! Enjoy the recipe :)

September 13, 2010 at 2:55 PM

This looks so delicious... i am definitely going to make this soon!

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