Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes & Cashews

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Succulent oven roasted chicken, juicy red grapes, and crunchy cashews in a creamy curry dressing. This recipe was originally posted on my column at  Serious Eats!

Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes & Cashews

Servings: 4

Ingredients

  • 3 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts (or 3 cups cooked chopped chicken)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, best quality such as Hellmann's or Duke's
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup salted cashews
  • 3 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 cup seedless grapes, halved
  • 3 scallions, finely sliced
  • Pinch cayenne pepper (optional)

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
  2. Arrange chicken breasts skin-side up on baking sheet. Coat with olive oil and sprinkle both sides with kosher salt and pepper. Roast in oven for 35-40 minutes, or until done. Let cool.
  3. In the meantime, combine mayonnaise, sour cream, curry powder, honey and salt in a medium bowl.
  4. When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove skin and pull meat off bones. Cut into small bite-sized pieces. Add chicken to dressing, along with cashews, celery, grapes and scallions; toss well. Taste, adjust seasoning and add pinch of cayenne pepper if desired.

Reviews & Comments

  • I made this recipe without any changes and it disappeared within hours! It’s great on sandwiches and in salads!

    - Vasso on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • I used chicken thighs and added in some apples. It was wonderful.

    - Kathy on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Loved, loved, loved this recipe. Served it on croissants for a perfect weeknight dinner.

    - Lisa on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I read that Oprah W was eating at a cafe near her new home in Calif.She heard this cafe was in danger of closing and they were famous for their curried chicken salad sandwich.Oprah ate there and loved the sandwich.I think her name anbd how much she loved that curried chicken salad sandwich saved the business.

    - Hattie on February 20, 2012 Reply
  • I used roasted bone in skin on chicken thighs because I love chicken thigh meat and the flavor and moistness it has. This recipe made a very generous serving size for 4 servings. I shared this with friends and got great comments on the flavor of the sauce. The flavor is delightful and the combination of grapes and cashews really kick this up a notch. Thank you again Jennifer!

    - Karen Tannenbaum on October 18, 2011 Reply
  • This is brilliant! I boiled the chicken and used raw cashews and it was fantastic. Thanks–I have been trying to perfect a curry chicken salad and this is it! Next time I will try roasting the chicken per the recipe as I can imagine it’s even better.

    - Sara on October 6, 2011 Reply

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