i love curry. LOVE. over easter we were back in portland and had a picnic with my brother-in-law, sister-in-law, and niece. my sister-in-law picked out a very yummy looking indian chicken salad from the whole foods deli. we were excited about it...until we got to the cashier and realized the one pound she had gotten was going to cost almost $15. ouch! my recipe rivals the inspiration and i made around three pounds of this deliciousness for under $10. score.
indian chicken salad
2.5 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breast (i used one bag of frozen, thawed from trader joe's)
1 T curry powder
1-2 t kosher salt
1/4 t pepper
i picked up the ingredients for this dish the same day i wanted to eat it. because i didn't have time to let the chicken thaw on its own (and no longer use the microwave for thawing), i placed the bag in my large stock pot, opened the bag, and filled the bag and stock pot with hot water. after the chicken was thawed (10-15 minutes) i held a small part of the resealable top closed while pouring off all of the water. then i dumped all the spices into the bag and massaged everything around until the chicken was coated. then i lit my grill (or you could heat a pan on the stove, but the taste from the grill was so much better). after the grill was fully heated i grilled the chicken breasts, roughly 5-7 minutes per side. once finished, i let the chicken rest 10-15 minutes before dicing. this is a good amount of time to prep the rest of the ingredients for the chicken salad.
5-6 green onions, sliced, all white and green parts (you can dice the larger white rounds, if desired)
2 large carrots, shredded on a box grater (or food processor large shredding disk)
1/2 C currants (raisins would work here, but i liked the smaller size of the currant)
1 C plain yogurt (you could use mayo, but i had run out and didn't have time to make more)
1 T curry powder
salt and pepper, to taste (probably 1-2 t kosher salt and 1/8-1/4 t of fresh ground pepper)
dice chicken and stir all ingredients together. taste, adjust seasonings if necessary, and ENJOY!