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A brilliant make ahead curried chicken salad balanced with tart apples, sweet raisins, and finished with cilantro, this is one you will make over and over!
Summer is officially here, and with it comes the make ahead food that I can throw together and keep in the fridge ready for a quick meal whenever one is needed.
I love that it actually gets BETTER the further ahead I make, as the curry flavor really does develop while it hangs out in the fridge.
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Weekends are typically pretty hectic around here, and sometimes it’s a struggle to remember we have to eat! We were sitting out by the pool watching the boys play, and realized we’d not only skipped breakfast (the kids ate cereal), but that it was almost lunch time and we were starving.
The husband did a quick rummage in the fridge and came running outside excitedly asking “is this for me? did you make this for me?”
Well, no, dear I didn’t. However, help yourself… haha. I had made it earlier in the weekend, and had forgotten about it.
Man, it really does hit the spot though. The spicy but not blazing hot curry is balanced perfectly with the sweet/tart-ness of the granny smith apple, and the crunchy celery – and then the chewy little raisins, and the fragrant cilantro – all in one mouthful.
We were devouring this poolside when we were busted by our 3 year old who demanded to try it. Unfortunately for us, he is quite a fan, and he pretty much hung out by us waiting to be given more bites until it was all gone.
Oh well, guess I’ll just make more? It’s SO easy – I mean – look at these ingredients!!
I think I’ll be making this in triple and quadruple quantities to keep on hand over summer.
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Crunchy Curried Chicken Salad
- 1/2 cup mayonnaise
- 1 Tbs mild curry powder
- 1 tsp water
- 2 cups chicken , cooked and diced
- 1 granny smith apple , cored and diced
- 2-3 ribs celery , diced
- 1/3 cup raisins (I use golden raisins)
- ½ cup cilantro , chopped
- Salt and pepper
- In a small bowl, blend together the mayo, curry and water until will combined.
- In a larger bowl, add the chicken, apple, celery, raisins, and cilantro.
- Mix the dressing into the chicken mixture.
- Do a quick taste test, and add salt and pepper to taste (I use about ½ tsp each of salt and pepper).
- Chill, until needed.
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