Curried Chicken Salad

Thank you so much for your wonderful comments on this morning’s post. It’s not too often that I’ll go out on a limb, but it always warms my heart when you join me out there – thanks for not leaving me dangling. πŸ˜‰ To reward you, I have a fun way to spruce up your salad below: curried chicken salad!


So things are pretty much “back to normal.” It feels good. It was a great morning with Liv – I feel like she grew so much in 4 days! We enjoyed the usual breakfast, a trip to the library to get new books and CDs, a couple errands, and lunchtime picnic.

Now on to that awesome snack/lunch idea. 

Curried Chicken Salad

curry chicken salad

My regular salad was looking a little sad…


so I made it into a party. A curry party. You’re all invited πŸ˜‰

You know when you taste something at a restaurant and you have to go home and make it? That’s how I feel about Beyond Bread’s chicken curry salad. Except, it’s been about 9 years and I haven’t made it.. until now.

One of my favorite things about this chicken salad is the texture variation – dried fruit, onion, slivered almonds, with a bold curry flavor. It’s always been a BB staple, but instead of trying to make it, I just (am lazy and) go down the street to buy it. 

My version is made with plain goat’s milk yogurt and a little Veganaise, but feel free to use any type of yogurt-mayo ratio you like.

goat yogurt and vegenaise

It’s perfect for salad toppings, cracker toppings and wraps for the next couple of days:


Curried Chicken Salad

  • Prep Time: 10
  • Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 large, baked chicken breasts, the meat from one rotisserie chicken, OR two cans of chickpeas, rinsed and drained. I used a rotisserie chicken, and it was about 3 C meat.
  • 6 oz plain yogurt of choice (I used goat’s)
  • 1 heaping T mayo of choice (I used Veganaise)
  • 1 chopped fresh scallion
  • 2 minced celery ribs
  • 1/2 C raisins or dried cranberries
  • 1/4 C slivered almonds (plus more for garnish)
  • 1 t curry powder
  • 1/2 t tumeric
  • 1/2 t garlic powder
  • 1/4 t salt
  • juice 1/4 lemon
  • pinch of white pepper


  1. In a large bowl, shred the chicken using your fingers, two forks or a stand mixer with the paddle attachment.
  2. In another bowl, combine the yogurt, mayo, spices, lemon juice and stir well.
  3. Add in the chicken, mayo mix, dried fruit, almonds and onions.
  4. Mix and taste to adjust seasonings.


  • Store in a sealed container in the fridge for 3-4 days and enjoy as a quick snack or main lunch component.




shredded chicken

Be sure to feed a couple of weird-looking pieces to your dog, as she’s a chicken fiend, trying to look as starving and pathetic as possible. If you’re using chickpeas, just make sure they’re washed and drained, ready to go.

Bell begging for chicken

(Note: if you’re using chickpeas in front of Bella, she’ll beg for them, too. She loves chickpeas almost as much as chicken.) 

mayo mix


curried chicken salad

Enjoy! <3

Do you have a favorite chicken salad recipe?

Curried chicken salad is a delicious take on a classic. This recipe is easy to make vegan and packs the perfect protein punch at lunchtime. | #chickensalad #curriedchickensalad #healthychickensalad #currychickensalad



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  1. Vidya on September 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    that looks great!! πŸ™‚ I’m bored of the salads that I make, can’t wait to make a vegetarian version of this.

  2. Kristen on September 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    Holy cow! I think that chicken salad sounds AMAZEBALLS. Anything with curry warms my heart and soul <3

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 1:10 am

      you and me both, sistah

  3. Kerry @ Totes My Oats on September 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm

    I’ve actually never had curried chicken salad. The flavor combination of this one sounds yummy!

  4. Erin @ Girl Gone Veggie on September 25, 2012 at 11:02 pm

    Glad you made it home safe and sound! I’m loving Bella’s new haircut, so adorable!

  5. Michelle on September 25, 2012 at 11:08 pm

    Yum! That looks delicious!

  6. Liz @ Tip Top Shape on September 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    Love this!! Great recipe!

  7. Kristi on September 25, 2012 at 11:36 pm

    I love curried chicken salad! It’s the only way I make it now! I’ll have to try the chick pea version.

  8. Liz on September 25, 2012 at 11:44 pm

    Making this tomorrow! Thanks for the recipe!

  9. Maria on September 25, 2012 at 11:48 pm

    Looks good! Maybe I’ll try this with tuna tomorrow!

  10. Denise on September 25, 2012 at 11:50 pm

    Oh Gracious! I LOVE curried chicken salad. I shall make your version this weekend. Looks delish!

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 1:08 am

      if you try it, let me know what you think!

  11. Sarabell on September 26, 2012 at 12:11 am

    I hate chicken and all things chicken… but I love tuna salad. I know you aren’t really supposed to each tuna salad, and not much albacore, while pregnant, so I’ve been thinking about trying some chicken salad. This LOOKS good, and it sounds good, so I’m thinking I’ll make this and then pay someone to hand it to me and say “I changed my mind, I don’t want this delicious tuna salad. Would you like it?”
    That’ll work. I know it.

  12. Iris Lee on September 26, 2012 at 1:41 am

    The chicken salad looks amazing! My mouth is watering. πŸ™‚ And so funny – my dog is named Bella too, and I also feed her weird-looking pieces of chicken when I cook!

  13. @pluvk on September 26, 2012 at 2:03 am

    This looks delicious! I’m a sucker for a good curried chicken salad recipe. Thank you! That photo of Bella is priceless, by the way. I can relate to pitiful-looking doggies stalking the kitchen. πŸ™‚

  14. Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy on September 26, 2012 at 6:49 am

    How cute is your dog?!?!
    This looks delicious too πŸ™‚

  15. Julie on September 26, 2012 at 7:43 am

    OMG That chicken salad looks Amazing!!! I will definitely be trying this!! Thanks! πŸ™‚

  16. MITSUNDE on September 26, 2012 at 8:00 am

    I love it, need to make it for lunch ASAP πŸ™‚

  17. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin on September 26, 2012 at 8:05 am

    This looks awesome! I’ve had a few reactions to dishes with curry in them in the past year, so I’ve been avoiding it because I think I might be allergic to something in the spice mix. But I kind of want to risk it just so that I can eat this! πŸ˜€

  18. Danielle@cleanfoodcreativefitness on September 26, 2012 at 8:33 am

    This looks so yummy! I am in love with Bella’s haircut too! She is adorable!

  19. Leslie W on September 26, 2012 at 8:35 am

    That’s funny. I tell Brenna and Chase that they grow everytime one of them spends the night with Grandpa. <3 It does seem like they grow while they are gone.

    My favorite thing IN THE WORLD is chicken salad. Jason's Deli makes my absolute favorite with pineapple shreds and almond slivers. I'll have to try this because I've yet to make a homemade salad that I like. Thanks!

  20. Lisa @ Fresh Spinach on September 26, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I just woke up and I’m starving and THAT is what I need right now.

  21. Faith @ The Cheap Girl's Guide to Chic on September 26, 2012 at 9:21 am

    I cannot even wait for this. I’ve got some romaine hearts that need to be used, and I was getting so bored with basic salads. A curry chickpea filling sounds awesome!

  22. Carly Thurman on September 26, 2012 at 9:49 am

    Oh yum! I was just thinking the other day how I haven’t made chicken salad in a while and JUST might have to make this soon… can’t wait!

  23. Courtney on September 26, 2012 at 9:59 am

    OMG this looks amazing!!!! I am a new mommy and have been looking for yummy recipes I can make ahead and store!!! I am super stoked for this!!!!

    • Courtney on September 26, 2012 at 10:02 am

      P.s. your family page was such a good resource throughout my pregnancy and now with an infant! I appreciate it!!!

  24. Ashley @ Sweat for Sweets on September 26, 2012 at 10:22 am

    Yum! I made something similar the other day and it was to.die.for. Another yummy addition would be sweet potato!

  25. Andrea @ Vegvacious on September 26, 2012 at 10:39 am

    I am so happy you can use chickpeas for this recipe – looks so good!!

  26. Cher @ Weddicted on September 26, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I love that you always have fresh flowers – so nice to see! I consider doing it often and then.. I never do, haha.

    • Fitnessista on September 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm

      it’s such an easy way to brighten up the house

  27. Alexis Barry on September 30, 2012 at 4:05 pm

    Chicken Salad is one of my favorite foods! My dad taught me how to make his version when I was younger and that’s the only version I make all the time. But this looks extremely delicious and I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the recipe!

  28. Sarah on October 7, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Made this tonight– DELICIOUS!

  29. Katie P on November 6, 2012 at 1:07 pm

    Gina – I have now made this twice and it is SO good. My husband begged me to make it for him for lunch this week. Thanks for the recipe it’s a keeper!

  30. Angie on January 6, 2013 at 8:55 pm

    I’m really happy you brought a link to this back… this looks AMAZZZZZINNNNNG … i will def be making it tomorrow esp since boneless skinless chicken is on sale for $1.99/lb scorrrrre!

    • Fitnessista on January 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

      wahoo! hope you like it πŸ™‚

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