Jan 26, 2009

Curried Chicken Salad

 

I’m really predictable when it comes to food. Well, I’m really predictable, period. Friday nights are low key here. We keep it simple and order take out, make a pizza or whip up a burger. It’s our ‘junk food’ night to prelude the weekend. Sunday is reserved for the heavier work—the roasted chicken or other beasts, marinated spareribs, big pots of soup with home made bread or hearty beef stew dishes. Halfway during the week I’ll go for a pasta dinner and the rest of the week mainly depends on my mood and what’s hiding in my fridge.

I stroll the Saturday market for fruit, vegetables & cheese and do my weekly grocery shopping on Saturday afternoon. Same goes for my Saturday lunch; it’s always a crispy, white bun topped with some sort of salad. Egg salad is the munchkin’s favorite, tuna salad mine. Definitely predictable, but that’s not a really bad thing in times of volatility, is it?

But there’s one salad we all like here at Kayotic headquarters; curried chicken salad. When I say salad, I mean salad, and not just chicken with mayo.

 

Ingredients:

(left-over) chicken
2 ice berg lettuce leaves
1/2 medium carrot
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp yogurt
1/4 tsp mustard powder
1/4 heaping tsp curry powder
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1/4 onion powder
1/2 sweet apple
1 spring onion
1 oz cheese
flat-leaf parsley
pepper
salt

 

Directions:

Now here’s my best recipe ever! Completely home grown! Heh, he had a shirt that said ‘home grown’ when he was a newborn. Which was, like, yesterday. I swear, I only turned my back for a split second and he’s all grown up. Amazing.

 

I usually make this salad with left-over chicken. Can be cooked & shredded chicken, oven-baked chicken, grilled chicken, it doesn’t matter as long as it’s cold. I grilled an extra chicken fillet last night with a little lawry’s seasoned salt and some lemon pepper and put it in the fridge (hoping it would still be here today). Grab a big bowl and shred the chicken.

 

Peel and grate 1 medium or half a large carrot—it gives the salad a little fresh crispiness I really like.

 

I like a little onion in my salad, but finely chopped and not too much. Opted for a spring onion because, well, spring onions just belong in a salad!

 

Wash, dry and finely mince a small handful flat-leaf parsley. You can also go for curly parsley or even a tsp dried parsley will work. I won’t hold it against you, I promise.

 

Well, you’ve seen my vegetable & fruit drawer over in the pear smoothie posting, so grabbing a small, sweet & crunchy apple is easy around here! Peel it and grate about 1/2 an apple, this will add loads of healthy sweetness to your salad. Just eat the other half while you’re making the salad, you won’t be as tempted to put random chicken pieces in your mouth while preparing it!

 

Iceberg lettuce deserves so much more respect than it gets. I love it. It’s fresh, green and crispy, what more can you ask for? I’ve washed and finely chopped about 2 leaves.

 

Told you I love kitchen gadgets! This cheese planer is specifically for grating cheese. Since I buy my cheese in 2-pound chunks, this is by far my favorite grating method. I never really measure, just go by taste (and diet:). I think this was around 1 oz. Just enough to add a little richness and flavor, but not nearly enough to kill your thighs.

 

If my head wasn’t firmly attached to my neck, I’d probably forget that, too. Just as I forget fresh white buns on a regular basis. Because I know myself all too well, I always keep a bag of these around. Much cheaper, too! This is what they look like before I pop them in the oven for 10 minutes.

 

You’ve probably noticed I seldom eat mayonnaise unless it’s mixed with yogurt, right? It’s not just lighter and less caloric, it also tastes fresher. Overhere they sell yogurt-mayonnaise called Yofresh. It’s highly addictive stuff, especially on skillet baked potatoes. Flavorful, fresh and diet friendly, so I’m going for a shortcut here and am using 4 tbsp of this in stead. You can just use 2 tbsp mayo and mix them with 2 tbsp yogurt.

 

The finger you scroll with is gonna be real happy with my collage board :)

Add 1/4 tsp onion powder, 1/4 tsp mustard powder, 1/8 tsp garlic powder, a heaping 1/4 tsp curry powder, a pinch of cayenne and salt & pepper to taste. Just make the recipe your own by adding or subtracting things!

 

Give it a good stir, taste to check the seasoning and finally stir in the chopped or dried parsley.

 

Here’s what the buns looked like after I took them out. Golden brown and crispy. Yummy. I don’t like warm chicken salad, so I’ll let the buns cool off completely.

 

Grab the bowl with the shredded chicken and add the carrots and spring onions. Spoon the dressing on top and mix it all up. I’m adding the dressing before I’m adding the other ingredients, this way I won’t bruise the lettuce and cheese.

 

Now add the apple, iceberg lettuce and cheese and carefully fold it in. 

 

This salad is more than enough to generously fill 4 buns with. Served with a nice, cold glass of milk and some fruit, this makes the perfect lunch.

 

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    48 Comments »

    1. 1

      Great timing! Kids go back to school tommorrow so this a perfect ‘special’ lunch for their first day.
      And, I’ve got to comment on that gorgeous looking apple….. your photography has to be awesome for me to find an apple appealing!!!

      aadila on Jan 26, 2009 @ 8:29 am Reply
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      Those look great and I happen to have some chicken left over from the weekend. This will be a great lunch. Oh, and your little guy is very handsome. Yes, they grow up way too fast.

      Karen (KayKay) on Jan 26, 2009 @ 6:03 pm Reply
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      Well pot full three dimes even on to. That sounds twisted even better than the chickencurry”salad” from the Aldi that I hate to love so much.

      I’ll try this soon, i’m afraid i’m gonna have to make it in two kinds, because my mother is a vegetarior.

      Do you think, if i marinate them, i can exchange the chicken for Valess or other fakemeat pieces?

      Bertje on Jan 26, 2009 @ 6:03 pm Reply
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      I have never been a huge curry fan but I think you have just convinced me to give it another try – Really looks great… The little man is so adorable too!!

      Cathy on Jan 26, 2009 @ 6:34 pm Reply
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      This looks so fresh and delightful. We had Chinese take-out food last night—curried Mei Fun. It was so good and reminded me that I ought to cook with curry more often.

      Sandie on Jan 26, 2009 @ 7:36 pm Reply
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      Bertje, potverdrie dubbeltjes nog eens aan toe zeg, had to laugh so hard when I read that, I’m gonna adopt the phrase :)

      I’ve never tried the valess, so I honestly can’t help you with that one since I don’t know the flavor and structure of it.

      Kay on Jan 26, 2009 @ 8:23 pm Reply
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      OMGoodness, this looks delicious!

      So that’s why they scream in the forest. He is adorable and the photography is superb.

      mommyknows on Jan 26, 2009 @ 9:57 pm Reply
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      Those buns are beautiful and this sounds like a great recipe. We are big curry fans at my house!

      Melissa on Jan 27, 2009 @ 2:01 am Reply
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      This recipe looks awesome! I have a recipe that I love for curried chicken salad, but it is different. I use rasins instead of carrots. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

      Treehouse Chef on Jan 27, 2009 @ 5:53 am Reply
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      You’re so good at making everything looks easy! Your boy is such a good-looking kid!

      Mrs Ergül on Jan 27, 2009 @ 7:52 am Reply
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      Treehouse Chef, during summertime I’ll often add raisins, some chopped walnuts and a handful of cold pasta … it turns it into a nice, light dinner.

      Kay on Jan 27, 2009 @ 8:44 am Reply
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      Thank you so much for posting this! I would get a similar sandwich at a little deli when I was studying in Maastricht. I have been craving it for years! I can’t wait to make it this week.

      SoniaBonia on Jan 27, 2009 @ 6:05 pm Reply
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      Mrs Ergül, that’s because it is easy! :)

      I’m so in love with that little face.

      Kay on Jan 27, 2009 @ 6:17 pm Reply
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      LOVE chicken salad. Have never tried curried. Thanks for the recipe, Kay!!!!

      Kat on Jan 27, 2009 @ 6:49 pm Reply
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      Ohoooh, die kaasrasp! Wat handig! Mag ik vragen waar je die hebt gekocht?
      Ik heb toevallig gisteren nog per ongeluk mijn duim meegeraspt tijdens het kaasraspen.. :)
      Zo’n speciale rasp zou me veel vel en bloed schelen! ;)

      Ilona on Jan 27, 2009 @ 7:35 pm Reply
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      wow, those look soo good! I’m so happy to have found you as my parents are Dutch immigrants to Canada and I can’t get enough of that old country food!

      Constance on Jan 27, 2009 @ 8:31 pm Reply
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      I will be trying this one for sure – I love your egg salad too- made it for my sister -in law’s baby shower last weekend! The mayo/yogurt combination is one I will use from now on for all of my “salad” sandwiches! My Mom was not too crazy about me making the egg salad – that is usually her domain – but she was very happy with the result – and she was very surprised when I told her it was mayo and yogurt.

      Jackie on Jan 27, 2009 @ 9:02 pm Reply
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      MMmmm this looks wonderful. I always put curry in my chicken salad but I love the idea of grating the apples into it instead of chunks! I can’t wait to try it as soon as the ice storm around here goes away and I can get to the store!

      KatieInOKC on Jan 27, 2009 @ 11:11 pm Reply
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      Kay, I made this today! It was a hit with the whole family. Blogging it tomorrow :)

      mommyknows on Jan 28, 2009 @ 3:28 am Reply
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      THAT has got my mouth watering. And I’m not even hungry! Definitely will be doing this one in the future!

      ginny on Jan 28, 2009 @ 3:49 am Reply
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      sounds delicious! i love how basic the ingredients are.. will be making it soon :)
      just curious, what kind of cheese did you use?

      liloh on Jan 28, 2009 @ 7:23 am Reply
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      Liloh, I live in Gouda (where Gouda cheese is much cheaper:), so I mainly use aged Gouda cheese.

      Kay on Jan 28, 2009 @ 8:31 am Reply
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      Ilona, deze koop ik altijd bij de kaasboer op de markt. Zijn iets van 4 euro ofzo.

      Kay on Jan 29, 2009 @ 10:45 am Reply
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      Those sandwiches look great!

      Kevin on Jan 30, 2009 @ 3:34 pm Reply
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      Not only does this look sinfully delicious, but it tastes wonderful. I made it Friday and they (my family) devoured it in seconds.

      Betty from Holland on Jan 31, 2009 @ 1:43 am Reply

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