This Curried Chicken Salad features flavorful curry chicken, crisp summer veggies, and crunchy cashews. Plus, a kick of heat from homemade jalapeno mango chutney! A mouthwatering, light, and healthy summer meal. This salad recipe is a perfect way to use up leftover chicken, too. Grain free, paleo and meal prep friendly.
Now that we know what chutney is, let’s use it in a recipe! Curry Chicken Salad with Mango Chutney to be exact!! I know, two exclamation points because I’m that excited. You’re welcome.
But while we’re on the subject of nerdy food talk and Indian style dishes, let’s talk curry. I’m just full of food knowledge these days, aren’t I? Kidding, kinda.
Exactly what is curry anyway?
Because the word has multiple meanings, curry confuses some people. Is it a dish, a spice, or a plant?
Actually, curry is ALL of these things!
Chicken curry is a popular dish made with vegetables and chicken in a rich gravy. Curries can also be made with fish or other types of meat. They are very popular in Indian and Asian cuisine.
A few of my favorite CC curries!
Then, there’s the spice. Curry powder is actually a blend of ground spices that may or may not include curry leaves (that’s the plant).
Curry powder recipes vary in ingredients, but the common ingredients in a curry powder are:
- dry mustard
- black pepper
BONUS –> These spices are all ANTI-INFLAMMATORY! A must-add to your diet. In my humble opinion. 😉
A few of my favorite CC recipes that use curry powder:
Okay, so not to get all word-nerdy on you, I do have a real point here.
Case and Point –> There IS a difference between chicken curry and CURRIED chicken (otherwise known as curry chicken). So remember, if you see curried or curry before the word chicken it means you’re adding the curry spices.
And yes, if want to go down a rabbit hole about chicken and curry, just ponder this… Are we making chicken salad or a salad with curried chicken? Hahaha! Either way, we’re making a dish that’s light and lovely and oh so flavorful!
OK, no more learning new words. School is out for the summer, so let’s make a healthy salad instead!
Ingredients for curried chicken salad
This delicious and healthy Curried Chicken Salad features healthy fresh veggies, crunchy cashews, chicken, and spicy curry sauce to make this salad a creamy “chicken salad.”
To make the spicy chicken salad part, you simply mix the curry spices with paleo mayo or yogurt, homemade spicy jalapeno mango chutney, and grilled or roasted chicken. Bam! It is so good!
This recipe is light, refined sugar free, and great for utilizing leftovers and summer produce! Plus, it’s great for meal prep, too.
Other ways to serve this Curried Chicken Salad:
- On toast, with gluten free crackers, or veggie chips
- In a gluten-free sandwich (roll, bun, or bread)
- Paleo tortilla or GF tortilla
- Homemade Naan Bread (Vegan, Paleo)
- Tossed with quinoa or any other gluten-free grain (rice, millet, etc.)
- In a lettuce wrap or cabbage leaf
Are you feeling smarter about curry and curry powder now? Haha, life goals complete! But in all seriousness, this no cook chicken salad has me loving the summer vibes! Sending all the summer salad vibes to EACH of you through the screen. Mwah!