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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 chicken salad recipe was originally posted on my column at  Serious Eats!

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Curried Chicken Salad with Grapes & Cashews

Servings: 4


  • 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)


  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.

Nutrition Information

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  • Calories: 669
  • Fat: 48 g
  • Saturated fat: 9 g
  • Carbohydrates: 22 g
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Protein: 40 g
  • Sodium: 1560 mg
  • Cholesterol: 128 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • I just made this for the second time and absolutely love it!! The curry and honey combination with the sour cream and mayo is perfection! My husband wanted to lick the bowl! If I could give it 6 stars I would.

    • — Barb Benjamin on February 5, 2019
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  • This is absolutely delicious! Perfect exactly as written.

    • — Maura on January 30, 2019
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  • This was one of the few recipes I’ve made where I didn’t change anything. Absolutely delicious.
    perfect. I was skeptical about the celery so started with just a little but it was a great addition. The crunch contrasted with the soft grapes. Excellent. And yes the curry sounds like a lot but it is spot on perfect. Pecans would also be good here. Enjoy.

    • — chowmein on January 3, 2019
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  • I would like to serve this as part of a simple buffet for a church dinner ( 30 people approx). I had thought of serving it with bread and/or new potatoes, but what else would you suggest? It is quite a rich recipe so a green salad? or tomato salad? I have many salad meals but most of those would be too rich or too many flavours I think. Thank you for your advice.

    • — Christie Fountain on October 27, 2018
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    • Hi Christine, I like the idea of bread or new potatoes because both are fairly simple flavor-wise so would pair nicely with the rich chicken salad. A fruit salad would be good here too. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on October 27, 2018
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  • loved this recipe!!! Thank you!!

    • — Kay on January 8, 2018
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  • My cousin makes the best curried chicken salad, but the recipe is a secret. I’ve been searching for a recipe that tastes as good as hers and I found one that’s better! I love this recipe and so does my mom, who hates anything else with curry in it. Thank you for sharing this. I’ll definitely be trying more of your recipes!

    • — Erika Dawn on August 31, 2017
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  • Perfect! I used boneless chicken thighs grilled on the George Foreman grill.

    • — Anna on August 20, 2017
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  • What other nuts can be used in exchange for cashews?

    • — Debbie on April 30, 2017
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    • Any nut you like would work here (although peanuts may be a little odd :). Enjoy!

      • — Jenn on April 30, 2017
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    • OK, so I made this recipe today but I did not have cashews so I used pecans. It still came out great. I can’t wait to try it with cashews.
      Thank you Jenn!!!!!!!!

      • — Debbie on April 30, 2017
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  • Hi Jennifer could you please check the quantity of curry in this recipe? It lists 1 1/2 tablespoons but I’m wondering if it should be 1 1/2 teaspoons instead? Thanks

    • — Carla on March 13, 2017
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    • Hi Carla, I know it’s a lot, but the measurement is correct. Feel free to reduce the amount if you’d like.

      • — Jenn on March 13, 2017
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  • This is absolutely delicious! I’ve made it several times now – even for people who “don’t like curry” – and it’s been a hit with every person who has tried it!

    It’s an excellent choice for a picnic or at the beach.

    Keep up the great work! Chef Jenn 🙂

  • How many carbs are in this recipe? My whole family loves this recipe! We even brought it on vacation as a quick lunch and it was gone before I knew it.

    • — Lynn Middleton on July 27, 2016
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    • Hi Lynn, so glad it’s a hit with your family! Each serving has 22 grams of carbs. I just posted all of the nutritional info. for the recipe.

      • — Jenn on July 27, 2016
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  • Hi Jen, I love your receipes. I’m throwing a bridal shower and want to make the curried chicken salad but the bride to be can’t have dairy. What can I substitute the sour cream with? Thanks!

    • — Vicky on May 9, 2016
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    • Hi Vicky, Glad to hear you like the recipes! You could just replace the sour cream with additional mayonnaise. Hope the shower is great!

      • — Jenn on May 10, 2016
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  • My husband loved this twist on chicken salad, and my kids dubbed it “fancy chicken salad”. I took a shortcut by using store-bought rotisserie chicken. We had a little trouble keeping the salad from falling out of our sandwiches, so we spooned it in leaves of romaine lettuce hearts.

    • — Karen on September 28, 2015
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  • Great recipe! I made this for a party, and it was so popular I did it again a week later for another. The touch of honey really elevated it. Thanks!

    • — Chelsea on June 11, 2015
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  • 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
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  • I used chicken thighs and added in some apples. It was wonderful.

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

    • — Lisa on March 1, 2012
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  • 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
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  • 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
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  • 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
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