Thursday, April 07, 2011

A Spin : Curried Chicken Salad

It's been a while, I know. 

But you see, my lovely little white 8 month old ibook decided to burn up it's charging port on me a few weeks ago, so off it had to go the Apple doctor, and at home I was left with nothing more than the fiances old pc. Snoring boring. So blogging halted while this Spring weather and longer, lighter evenings definitely started to bring out the cook in me. Luckily, I was a smart girl and snapped photos of a few of my favorite dishes and drinks over the last few weeks so expect a slew of new content in the very near future.

First up, curried chicken salad. I loved this. Loved with a capital L! I want to have a bowl sitting in my fridge at all times. Although I made it for dinner I think it would make a satisfying after workout or after school snack and of course a wonderful lunch. It's simple, sweet, tangy, smoky, crunchy, creamy. . . basically, all things good. I mixed half a rotisserie chicken with light mayonnaise, plenty of Madras curry powder, sliced almonds, green onions, cilantro, sriracha, a touch of honey, and a bit of hungarian paprika. Let the culinary angels sing out *ahwwwwwh*. Spread on crackers, stuffed in a split pita with plenty of greens and veggies, or wrapped up in a whole grain tortilla - it's simply delish. 

One thing I need to tell you, a disclaimer if you will, I did not measure my ingredients. Whenever I make chicken salad I generally just throw a bunch of ingredients in a bowl and hope for the best. What can go wrong, really? So I'll give you a recipe, of sorts, but it's not written in stone so be cautious, particularly with spices, start with a little, taste, add more, taste, you get the idea. 

Dreaming of leftovers, too bad I don't have any.

Curried Chicken Salad


half a rotisserie or roasted chicken shredded
2 1/2 Tablespoons light mayonnaise
quick squeeze of sriracha 
1 Tablespoon (I know I used a LOT more, start slow here though) Madras curry powder
small handful of toasted sliced almonds
1 to 2 Tablespoons finely chopped cilantro
4 green onions sliced
1/2 teaspoon honey
1/2 teaspoon hungarian smoked paprika


1. Mix all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl until every ingredient is well incorporated. The flavors will intensify as it sits, but it's also wonderful to nosh on immediately after being mixed together.
2. Spread it on or in your favorite carbohydrate, or simply eat it right out of the bowl.


Indu said...

Looks yum...Not sure what madras curry powder is exactly, assuming it is a combination of garam masala and chilli powder? Would love to roll it up into a roti/chappathi with some curd....

miss mallory opel said...

hi Indu,

I assure you it's pretty delicious, I just love the mixtures of flavor and texture and it's very simple really. I had everything but the chicken already in my cupboard!

madras curry powder is just a mixture you can buy in a spice tin. here is a little blurb on it:

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