The first chicken salad recipe I tasted was as a kid growing up on St. Thomas. It was from a little deli in a place called Havensight Mall. I didn’t really like it. Actually, I wondered what the big deal was. It tasted like a big glub of mayo on top of boiled chicken. And I don’t know about you but, two things I’m not a fan of are mayonnaise or boiled chicken. Fast forward many years later and here I am throwing down in my own kitchen with my own recipe for curry chicken salad with grapes. Of course the difference is, this is the best curry chicken salad recipe that you’ll ever have.
And no, I’m not biased. My five year old (at the time) even exclaimed that. “This is the best curry chicken salad that I’ve had.” By the way, his palette is like no other. You should really trust his opinion on this.
But, this is not the first time have twirled into curry chicken salad territory.
Oh no! Back in 2013, two years after I started The Domestic Life Stylist, I published another easy chicken salad recipe. But, let’s just say that the pictures weren’t too great. The recipe though… was outstanding! I’ve since eliminated evidence of the blog post. Well except for this Facebook post for those interested in reading analogies about curry chicken salad and personal growth.
I also tweaked the recipe a little, because again…”growth”. But this time “growth” is attached to flavor. The addition of grapes and a glazed nut pecan mix added sweet, salty and crunchy. Sweet, salty and crunchy is the ultimate flavor combo for just about any foodie or chicken lover. Oh my, this recipe is comfort on a plate.
The added glazed pecans is the perfect compliment to this recipe. You can also make glazed pecans at home. It’s quite simple to make at home actually. All you need are some pecans, brown sugar, salt and a little water.
Oh my gosh…so good.
Obviously, you can use any glazed nuts, plain pecans, non-glazed nuts or go “nut-free” if you want. But, I think using glazed pecans take the curry chicken salad with grapes to a million dollar level.
Have you heard that story about the lady that was about to close her cafe and turn it over to new owners, but the next day Oprah and Gayle came waltzing in?
That’s the kind of curry chicken salad recipe this is. It’s the kind that’ll make you just want to write a check. Except, you don’t have to. Try my curry chicken salad with grapes below. I use skinless chicken thighs instead of chicken breasts to really bump up the flavor. In simple recipes such as this, the quality of each ingredient really matters.
Serve all of this deliciousness over fresh garden or spring greens. Don’t skip it because that’s where the true wellness comes in.
By the way, if you like curry seasoning like me, you’ll love this coconut curry shrimp recipe too.
Oh and do yourself a favor and buy some good Jamaican curry powder please. If you’re not using the good stuff, I’m going to get ya.
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- For chicken:
- 4 chicken thighs (about 2 lbs- skin and fat removed-cut into 1 inch cubes)
- 3 cups chicken broth or water (enough liquid to cover chicken)
- 1/2 tbsp whole peppercorns
- 1 tsp sea salt
- 3 bay leaves
- 3 cloves garlic (chopped )
- 2 tsp dried tarragon-divided
- 1 tsp fresh thyme
- 1/3 cup glazed nuts (optional)
- Put liquid in a pot along with bay leaves, salt, half tarragon, thyme and garlic.
- Bring to a boil on medium heat.
- Poach chicken for about 5-10 min until cooked through and no longer pink
- Let cool in the refrigerator for about 15 minutes.
- In a separate bowl, add mayonnaise, curry, celery, scallions, remaining tarragon and fresh cracked black pepper.
- Stir to combine with the cooled chicken.
- Add grapes, walnuts and then combine.
- Let the mixture sit in the refrigerator for at least 2 hours to allow flavors to peak and enjoy.
Serve on top of fresh greens as a salad or with your favorite gluten free bread as desired.
Amount Per Serving Calories 317Total Fat 18gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 13gCholesterol 168mgSodium 478mgCarbohydrates 9gFiber 3gSugar 4gProtein 32g
Nutrition information is automatically calculated and not always accurate.
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Written June 27, 2019, Updated March 24, 2022