Craveable Curry Chicken Salad

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
Craveable Curry Chicken Salad has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Creamy, bright, smoky, sweet, and salty…Craveable Curry Chicken Salad has it all!  This has been one of my favorite recipes to make for over 13 years!  There are so many fantastic flavors and textures.  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry seasoning dressing.  Then you get bright and fresh flavor from red pepper, a salty bite from the scallion, and burst of sweetness from the raisins. 

This recipe is a great for families because the curry is just enough to give wonderful flavor, but not too much to over power the chicken for the kids.  Make it once and you will crave it again and again!

 

 

Curry Chicken Salad on toast rouds on plate.  It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Chicken Salad 5 Ways!

I first made this Curry Chicken Salad when I was a caterer in NYC.  I made it as an appetizer and served it in hollowed out baby red potatoes.  Today, I also use this recipe in several other delicious ways!

  • Easy App! Toast Canapes – Simply cut toasts into squares or use a small round cookie cutter.  Brush top and bottom with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Bake until toasted.  Then top with Curry Chicken Salad and serve.
  • Light Salad Plate – Simply top your favorite greens with this Curry Chicken Salad and serve with tomato slices.
  • Tortilla Roll Up – This is a great way to pack it up in lunches for school!  Simply layer some of the salad in a flour tortilla at one end and roll it up!  Slice or leave whole so kids can hold it. 
  • Hearty Sandwich – Toast up a crusty whole wheat bread and top with Curry Chicken Salad, Lettuce, Tomato, and even Avocado!
  • Quinoa Dinner – Make a simple Quinoa Salad or Mushroom Quinoa Risotto and serve with Curry Chicken Salad.

Ok, now that I’m drooling, let’s get into this delicious recipe! 

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

PREP-AHEAD TO MAKE YOUR CURRY CHICKEN SALAD

This salad can be made entirely ahead, so it’s perfect for meal prep lunches.  It starts with roasting the chicken.  Season the chicken with olive oil, salt, and pepper and put into 400 F degree oven for 25 minutes or until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Once the chicken has cooled enough to touch, cut it or shred it with your fingers or a fork into bite size pieces.

Shredding roasted chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Shredded chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Make the Curry Dressing by adding the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise into a mini food processor.  Add the Curry Powder, salt, and pepper. Pulse to blend until smooth. Scrape down the sides as needed and pulse again until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.

Sour cream, Cream Cheese, May, salt, pepper, and curry in food processor for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Dressing blended in food processor for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

To a large mixing bowl, add the chicken, diced red pepper, sliced scallion, and raisins.  If you think you don’t like raisins, just try them in this!  They add a bit of sweetness that is unbelievable in this recipe!  I went light on the scallions so not to overpower with onion for my kids, but of course you can add more if your family likes them.  

Transfer the Curry dressing to this bowl as well and mix to combine thoroughly with the dressing.

Shredded chicken, red pepper, scallion, and raisins in bowl for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Dressing, shredded chicken, red pepper, scallion, and raisins in bowl for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Chicken Salad mixed in bowl. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Serve as a lunch or appetizer and enjoy!

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

Curry Chicken Salad on toast rouds on plate. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

ENJOY!

😍 Carrie

Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
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Craveable Curry Chicken Salad

Craveable Curry Chicken Salad has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Then you get a burst of freshness from the red pepper, a salty bite from the scallion, and sweetness from the raisins.  Make this once and you will crave it again and again! #chicken #chickenrecipes #salads #healthyrecipes #currychicken #mealprep

Course Main Course, Salad
Cuisine Indian
Keyword chicken, Chicken Salad, Curry, lunch, meal prep
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Cooling Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup Sour Cream or Yogurt
  • 1/2 cup Cream Cheese
  • 1/2 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1/4 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Ground Pepper
  • 1/4 cup Scallions, sliced
  • 1/2 cup Red Pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup Raisins
  • 32 oz Chicken Breasts (4 breasts)
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Instructions

Prep Ahead Steps

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees

  2. Roast Chicken: Season with olive oil, salt, and pepper and put into 400 F degree oven for 25 minutes or until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center.  Once the chicken has cooled enough to touch, cut it or shred it with your fingers or a fork into bite size pieces.

    Shredding roasted chicken on a plate for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  3. Dice Red Pepper and thin slice the scallion.

  4. Make the Curry Dressing by adding the cream cheese, sour cream, and mayonnaise into a mini food processor.  Add the Powder Curry, salt, and pepper.  Pulse to blend until smooth.  Scrape down the sides as needed and pulse again until all ingredients are incorporated and smooth.  

    Curry Dressing blended in food processor for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  5. To a large mixing bowl, add the chicken, diced red pepper, sliced scallion, and raisins. Then transfer the Curry dressing to this bowl as well.

    Curry Dressing, shredded chicken, red pepper, scallion, and raisins in bowl for Curry Chicken Salad. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  6. Mix to combine thoroughly with the dressing.
    Curry Chicken Salad mixed in bowl. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes
  7. Serve and Enjoy!

    Curry Chicken Salad on spinach with tomato slices. It has so many fantastic flavors and textures!  The chicken breast is simply roasted and mixed with a creamy sweet and savory curry dressing.  Red pepper gives you a fresh crunch, scallion gives a savory bite, and raisins give a burst of sweet.  #chicken #chickenrecipes #chickensalad #currychicken #mealprep #lunch #healthyrecipes

 

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes on a plate on counter with grapes and lemon in background. This recipe is simple, but the taste is anything but simple. It has layers of flavors and textures. You get the hearty texture of the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes.

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes is a bright, sunny, and delicious make ahead lunch or dinner.

I first posted my Lemon Basil Chicken Salad recipe a year ago in August of 2017.  I still love the simplicity of that recipe with the bright and fresh flavors.  This time, however, I added even more flavor and texture with Grapes!

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Close up picture of red grapes for Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes recipe. This recipe is simple, but the taste is anything but simple. It has layers of flavors and textures. You get the hearty texture of the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes.

While the recipe itself seems simple, let me tell you, the taste is anything but simple.  This Chicken & Grape salad has so much depth with layers of flavors and textures.  You get the hearty texture from the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes….so yummy!

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes on a croissant on plate with lettuce and grapes in background. This recipe is simple, but the taste is anything but simple. It has layers of flavors and textures. You get the hearty texture of the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes.Quick note!  This post contains affiliate links, which means I earn a commission (at no extra cost to you) if you purchase from them.  This commission is what helps me keep this blog afloat :).  But, I also share these links because I have used the products, genuinely love them, and want you to know exactly what I used. 

CHICKEN SALAD WITH GRAPES IS GREAT FOR LEFTOVERS & MEAL PREP LUNCHES

To add to the simplicity, this is a great recipe to use up leftover chicken or buy a rotisserie chicken and shred up the breast meat!  No need to cook from scratch!  Make this and eat right away or make ahead to eat during the week.  It is a great option for taking to work.  Top it over a spinach and carrot salad, scoop it with crackers, or eat on whole wheat toast. You can either portion out this Chicken Salad with Grapes into traditional Meal Prep Containers, such as these.

Or you can pack it into a thermos, such as this MOST CUTEST and PRACTICAL OmieBox Bento Lunch Box  with insulated thermos to keep your chicken salad cold.

EASY PREP FOR YOUR CHICKEN SALAD WITH GRAPES 

If you do not have leftover chicken, then it’s super easy to roast.  Simply season with olive oil, salt, and pepper and put into 400 degree F oven for 25 minutes or until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center.  Once the chicken has cooled, cut it or shred it with your fingers or a fork into bite size pieces.

Roasted Chicken sliced and then shredded on a cutting board for the Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes recipe. This recipe is simple, but the taste is anything but simple. It has layers of flavors and textures. You get the hearty texture of the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes.

While the chicken is cooking, you can be preparing the few other ingredients…halve the grapes, slice the basil, finely chop the red onion, zest the lemon.

Add the shredded chicken, diced onion, and halved grapes to a medium to large mixing bowl.

Then make the dressing, which is simply mayonnaise, lemon juice, lemon zest, basil, and salt and pepper.

Add the dressing to the chicken and fold in until completely mixed.  Taste for seasoning and add S&P as needed.

Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes on a plate on counter with grapes and lemon in background. This recipe is simple, but the taste is anything but simple. It has layers of flavors and textures. You get the hearty texture of the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes.

ENJOY!  😍 Carrie

Chicken and Grapes Salad with Lemon Basil Dressing

This Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes recipe is simple, but the taste is anything but simple. It has layers of flavors and textures. You get the hearty texture of the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken, Chicken Salad, grapes, salad, salad with grapes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Author Carrie Tyler

Ingredients

Roast Chicken

  • 16 oz Chicken breasts baked or grilled with salt & pepper boneless and skinless
  • 1 tsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp Salt or enough to season both sides of chicken
  • 1 tsp Fresh Ground Pepper or enough to season both sides of chicken

Lemon Basil Dressing

  • 1/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 Tbls Fresh Basil leaves, finely sliced
  • Salt and Pepper to taste

Other

  • 2 Tbls Red Onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Red Grapes green grapes are fine too

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

  2. Drizzle a little bit of Olive Oil and rub it all around.  Then sprinkle all sides of chicken with Salt & Pepper and roast in 400 degree oven for 25 minutes or until temperature reaches 165 degrees in center. Cool Chicken. Once cool, cut chicken into bite size pieces. Add to a medium-large bowl for mixing.

    Roasted Chicken sliced and then shredded on a cutting board for the Lemon Basil Chicken Salad with Grapes recipe. This recipe is simple, but the taste is anything but simple. It has layers of flavors and textures. You get the hearty texture of the chicken, brightness from the lemon, the fresh and fragrant basil, a slight bite from the onion, and a huge juicy burst of sweetness from the grapes.
  3. Finely Dice onion and add to the chicken.

  4. Halve the grapes and add to the chicken.

  5. To a small mixing bowl, add the mayonnaise.

  6. Zest the lemon with the small end of a grater or lemon zester.  Add the zest to the mayonnaise.  Then halve the lemon and squeeze the juice from one half into the mayonnaise (be careful no seeds fall in). 

  7. Layer basil leafs and slice into thin strips and measure 2 Tbls. Add to mayonnaise.  Add just a pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper.  Mix all ingredients into the mayonnaise.  Taste for seasoning and add salt and pepper as needed.

  8. Pour the dressing over the chicken, onions, and grapes and fold it in until completely mixed through and combined.  Taste again for seasoning and add salt and pepper as desired.  Serve and Enjoy!!