Curried chicken salad is simple to make and packs a ton of flavor in every bite. This recipe calls for “commercial chutney” which is pretty vague. I always use a Major Grey’s chutney, a type of mango chutney (not a brand) that is slightly sweet and spicy. You should be able to find it at most major grocery stores. Trader Joe’s has a Mango Ginger Chutney that works great, too.
For the chicken mixture, I always add a few tablespoons of finely chopped red onion (or scallions) and substitute roasted cashews for the walnuts. If the chutney already has raisens in it then I usually don’t add any more because I don’t want it to be too sweet. Serving the curried chicken salad on halved croissants makes the sandwich a bit fancier, but your favorite bread or pita bread works great, too. If using pita bread, soften it in the microwave for about 15 seconds to lessen the chance of it breaking apart when you fill it with the salad. Or, skip the bread all together and serve it with mixed greens.
Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich
– Recipe from foodnetwork.com
Makes 4 servings
2 cups mayonnaise
1/2 cup commercial chutney
3 tablespoons mild curry powder
6 bone-in chicken breasts
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup dark raisins
3/4 cups finely chopped celery
To make the dressing: Combine the mayonnaise with the chutney and the curry powder in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
To prepare the sandwiches: Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper then put them in a large skillet. Add water to cover. Put a lid on the skillet and simmer the chicken until it is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Remove the chicken from the poaching liquid and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. When the chicken is chilled remove the skin and cut the meat from the bones. Dice the meat and place it in a large bowl. Add the walnuts, raisins, and celery and mix well. Moisten the salad with the curry dressing. Cut the croissants in half. Fill each with chicken salad and serve.