Curried Chicken Salad With Toasted Almonds

Curry chicken salad

Diana Rattray The Spruce

  • Total: 25 mins
  • Prep: 25 mins
  • Cook: 0 mins
  • Yield: serves 4
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
631 Calories
48g Fat
14g Carbs
36g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: serves 4
Amount per serving
Calories 631
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 48g 62%
Saturated Fat 9g 46%
Cholesterol 119mg 40%
Sodium 409mg 18%
Total Carbohydrate 14g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Protein 36g
Calcium 60mg 5%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This well-seasoned chicken salad is made with 2 cups of cooked chicken. Use a store-bought rotisserie chicken, roast your own chicken, or poach some chicken breasts to make this delicious salad. It's wonderful in pita pockets, but would be great served on lettuce or salad greens as well.

We like a little extra curry powder to spice it up, but use as much or as little curry powder as you like.


  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 rib celery (diced)
  • 2 green onions (thinly sliced, optional)
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup golden raisins
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup mayonnaise (or to taste)
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder (or more, to taste)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste

Steps to Make It

  1. In a medium bowl, combine the diced chicken, celery, onion, almonds, and raisins. Toss with the lemon juice and 1/2 cup mayonnaise. Add more mayonnaise, as needed, to moisten.

  2. Add curry powder, salt, and pepper, to taste; blend well.

  3. Serve on lettuce or in pita pockets or sandwich rolls.


  • To poach chicken breasts, put 2 to 3 boneless chicken breast halves in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring the chicken to a boil over high heat. Reduce the heat to low, cover the pan, and simmer for about 15 to 20 minutes, or until the chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove the chicken to a plate to cool. Chop the cooled chicken and proceed with the recipe.