Curry chicken salad is one of my FAVORITE go-to low carb chicken recipes. It’s different and oh-so full of rich and complex flavor — one of the simplest of salad recipes that adds variety and deliciousness to the menu!
Curry spice, raisins and cashews, ohhh my! A CRAZY delicious combo you’re gonna fall in love with.
The daily grind can make it easy to stick to the same few low carb recipes, but healthy recipes like this one are an easy way to liven things up!
I can hardly wait to share this recipe with you, so let’s dive in…
This curry chicken salad has a deep, smoky flavor with a lot of layers and textures. This is not your same old chicken salad and there’s nothing boring about it.
I love that it’s so easy to make, and it tastes like such a polished recipe! Here are some other reasons to love it:
- 10-minute preparation
- Tastes Ah-ma-zing
- Lots of textures
- No special gadgets required
- Super versatile
Preparing low carb chicken salad is fantastic for make-ahead lunches and summer get togethers with friends and family. Curry chicken salad puts a new twist on an old classic, and people just can’t get enough of it! It’s a light and lively recipe with a whole lotta flavor!
Using curry powder in recipes requires a little finesse to coax out all those deep, rich flavors…
First, it’s important to choose the right curry powder or your recipe may taste a little flat. Curry is typically made with turmeric which has a very subtle flavor. Read your label and choose a curry powder that doesn’t list turmeric as the first ingredient (the first listed ingredient is usually the main one).
Second, it’s important to know that the flavors in dishes with curry powder must be developed. Your curry chicken salad will taste best if it sits in the fridge for an hour before serving, to coax out all those deep flavors.
Last, you’ll be using erythritol or sugar to cut the spices and add a subtly sweet little tang. Erythritol does have a tendency to recrystallize (as sugar alcohols do) so you may want to opt for confectioner’s erythritol (or sugar) to avoid any gritty texture in your dressing.
Tools To Make
Making this curry chicken salad is suuuper easy! All you need is a knife (for chopping), a bowl and a spoon. But, the dressing is much better if you combine the ingredients in a blender or use a hand mixer. So, if you have one of those, go ahead and pull it out, too.
Storing your curry chicken salad just requires you to put it in an airtight container or a sealed storage container in the fridge. This will help keep out air, moisture and bacteria that can speed up decomposition.
Can You Freeze This?
Sorry, you can’t freeze this one because of the mayo and fresh veggies. The mayo can’t stand up to the freezing temperature and the veggies are never quite right after freezing, either.
Meal Prepping Tips
Prepping curry chicken salad is easy and you do have options depending on how far ahead you’re prepping. The chicken can always be cooked, pre-portioned and frozen until you are ready to use it. Here’s what I like to do.
I like to make the dressing a couple of days ahead and put it in the fridge by itself. I also cook the chicken and let it cool while I’m making the dressing. Once the chicken is cooled and chopped, put it in the bottom of a mason jar and throw everything but the nuts on top of it. Then toss it in the fridge next to the dressing
When I’m ready to make the curry chicken salad, I just toss the dressing into the mason jar, add a few cashews and mix it up. How simple is that?
Adapting this recipe to suit your specific taste is easy, but keep in mind it may change the flavor a bit. For instance, you can substitute Greek yogurt for the mayo to save some calories.
Adding chopped apples is another way to capitalize on that subtly sweet flavor and add another layer of texture to your salad (It is so good). You can also opt for pecans instead of cashews or use golden raisins in your salad.
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Different Ways To Serve This Chicken Curry Salad
Serving curry chicken salad is so totally fun because I love seeing people’s reaction to this awesome chicken curry flavor! Plus, there are so many different ways to serve it.
I mean, who doesn’t love a chicken salad sandwich? But, this curry chicken salad is also scrumptious on pita bread.
Serving a mason jar salad with crackers is another simple way to host small friendly get togethers. There are a thousand and one awesome ways to serve curry chicken salad, so get creative and have some fun!
How Can I Make This A More Healthy Chicken Salad?
Making this a healthy chicken salad depends on your eating plan…
Avocado chicken salad is off the charts on the nutrition scale, and it’s just so decadent and delicious!
But, if you love the curry chicken salad you can try substituting Greek yogurt for mayo, use Deglet Noor dates instead of raisins or add sliced almonds in place of the cashews. That’s about as crazy as you can get without really changing the flavor too much.
Is This Chicken Salad Recipe Low Carb?
If you’re looking for low carb salads, this curry chicken salad will need a few modification to fit the bill.
Starting with cashews — these are one of the highest carb nuts. Sub in peanuts or sliced almonds for a lower carb alternative. You’ll also want to leave out the raisins — you can either use less of these, or sub them for low carb fruits such as blackberries.
Be sure to use erythritol instead of sugar and you’re good to go!
What Greens Can I Add In This Low Carb Salad?
Adding greens to this low carb salad is a great way to up the nutrition ante. You can try mixing in some chopped romaine lettuce or serving it over a bed of spinach. Now we’re talking! Serving it rolled in cabbage or kale leaves is another great option.
If you’re really just looking for a rich, totally healthy chicken salad, then try my pesto chicken salad. All those deep, complex flavors compliment the chicken and it’s a great way to sneak in some extra greens.
Making tarragon chicken salad is another way to enjoy a healthy low carb chicken recipe that’s sure to please the palate. Tarragon is sooo good with chicken!
Can I Add Fruit To This Chicken Salad?
Adding fruit to chicken salad is a popular variation and the subtly sweet flavor of the fruit gives your chicken salad that extra something special. I love to make chicken salad with grapes, but cranberry chicken salad runs a close second. It kind of depends on the occasion and my mood!
Curry Chicken Salad
- 1 Cup Mayonnaise
- 2 Tablespoon Lime Juice
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons Sugar or 2 teaspoon erythritol* (low carb sugar alternative, I always use this!)
- 3 Tablespoons Curry Powder
- 3 Cups Chicken cooked + cubed
- 1 Cup Celery diced
- 1/4 Cup Red Onion diced
- 1/2 Cup Raisins (sub for blackberries* to save some carbs)
- 3/4 Cup Cashews roasted + salted. Roughly chopped (sub for peanuts* or almonds to save some carbs)
- Add dressing ingredients to a blender, and blend to combine. Alternately, you can whisk ingredients together in a small bowl.
- In a large bowl, mix the salad ingredients together.
- Cover the salad with your dressing, and stir to combine.
- Place salad in the fridge for 30 minutes before serving, and enjoy!
Different chicken salad variations offer tons of healthy chicken recipes for you to add to your meal plan. There’s virtually something for everyone, even the kiddos!
With all the diversity in these healthy chicken recipes, you can literally have a different chicken salad every week for months, and never have the same one twice! Here are some of my favorites for you to try.
- Honey Mustard Chicken Salad
- Chicken Salad with Apples
- BBQ Chicken Salad
- Chicken Caesar Salad
- Mexican Chicken Salad
Curry chicken salad is a decadent chicken salad recipe with rich, deep flavors and aromatic nuances that make it irresistible! This is an awesome chicken salad recipe when you’re ready for something a little different to usher in the warm weather months.
Plus, its just so easy to make its hard to believe that it only takes a few minutes to throw together…
Give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below! Enjoy!