Curry Chicken Salad

Chicken Salad just got a makeover! This Curry Chicken Salad recipe is a mouthwatering flavor bomb. Loaded with curry powder, creamy mayo, crunchy celery, and onion, this recipe will be on repeat for make-ahead lunches!

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Curry chicken Salad in lettuce wraps.

The Best Curry Chicken Salad!

If you know me, you’ll know that there are three things I love (besides peanut butter and chocolate): chicken, salads, and curry! Throw those three foods together and what do you get? Curry Chicken Salad!

This Curry Chicken Salad recipe is the best chicken salad I’ve ever had. There’s no way I’ll be going back to regular chicken salad! Curry powder, mixed with creamy mayo, crunchy celery and red onion, juicy and moist shredded chicken, gets laced with honey, lemon, and mustard. It is an explosion of flavor and texture in one little bite!

This easy Chicken Curry Salad recipe is perfect for meal prep! I like to make a batch at the beginning of the week and serve it with lettuce cups or tortillas for lunch. It’s perfect for low carb and keto diets, and if you use a compliant mayonnaise it is whole30 friendly as well!

Recipe For Chicken Curry Salad

  • Shredded chicken: I use pre-cooked shredded chicken for this recipe. Rotisserie chicken is perfect (this is a great way to use up leftovers!) or you can try my Instant pot Shredded Chicken – it’s so easy!
  • Mayonnaise: Regular, full-fat mayonnaise is my preferred mayo, however, low fat, olive oil, avocado oil, or homemade mayo are all great options. Just add your favorite!
  • Red onion: Just a little red onion is diced and added to this curry chicken salad. I like it’s sweetness and it has a slightly milder flavor compared to a yellow onion.
  • Celery: Crunch!! Just to add some texture, I tossed some celery in. I find chicken salad to be very soft without it so I had to add a little for crunchiness.
  • Curry powder: Here’s where the curry comes in! This is such an easy twist on regular chicken curry salad, and it tastes amazing! This is our go to curry powder!
  • Honey: Just a little sweetness brings out the other flavors. It really complements the curry aroma!
  • Lemon juice: Lemon juice gives an acidic hint to the chicken salad.
  • Dijon mustard: Dijon is both a little spicy and tangy. It pairs perfectly with lemon and honey.
  • Salt and pepper: Seasoning, to bring out all of the other flavors, I add in salt and pepper at the end and adjust it to my own taste.

Curry chicken Salad in a bowl with a spoon.

How to make Chicken Curry Salad

Begin by adding the shredded chicken, mayonnaise, onion, celery, curry powder, honey, lemon juice, and mustard to a medium bowl.

Add all of the ingredients to a mixing bowl.

Mix all of the ingredients together until they are well combined. Add a little salt and pepper to suit your taste and enjoy!

Mixing all of the ingredients together in a mixing bowl with a spoon.

Storage Instructions

  • Store chicken curry salad in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
  • Freeze it for later! Pop the curry chicken salad in an airtight container or zip-top bag in the freezer for up to 4 months.

Tips for Success

  • Use up leftover chicken! This is an excellent way to use up a leftover rotisserie chicken. Just shred it up and add the other ingredients!
  • Make your own shredded chicken. My Instant pot Shredded Chicken is SO easy, and you’ll have shredded chicken in no time!
  • Add some fruit! A handful of diced grapes, apples, or raisins are amazing in this chicken curry salad!

Curry chicken Salad in a white bowl with a spoon.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How many calories are in a chicken curry salad? There are just 382 calories per serving in this curried chicken salad recipe. It’s perfect for a light lunch!
  • How many carbs are in chicken curry salad? It’s super low carb! Only 3 grams of net carbs are in each portion. It’s perfect for the keto diet!
  • What is curry powder made of? Curry powder is usually made of turmeric, cumin, ginger, and black pepper. Occasionally, curry powder will also include a little garlic powder and cinnamon. This is our go to brand for curry powder.

Hand holding Curry chicken Salad in lettuce wraps.

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Curry Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Chicken Salad just got a makeover! This Curry Chicken Salad recipe is a mouthwatering flavor bomb. Loaded with curry powder, creamy mayo, crunchy celery, and onion, this recipe will be on repeat for make-ahead lunches!

Ingredients

  • 3 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • salt and pepper, to taste

Instructions

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  • Add shredded chicken, mayonnaise, onion, celery, curry powder, honey, lemon juice and mustard to a medium bowl.
  • Stir to combine and season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Curry Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 382 Calories from Fat 252
% Daily Value*
Fat 28g43%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 14g
Monounsaturated Fat 7g
Cholesterol 91mg30%
Sodium 287mg12%
Potassium 331mg9%
Carbohydrates 4g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 160IU3%
Vitamin C 3mg4%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Salad, Sandwiches, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Curry Chicken Salad, Leftover rotisserie chicken, Lettuce wraps