Curried Chicken Salad

For the first time in quite a while, I haven’t been putting on my enormous down jacket (it looks more like a comforter than a coat…stylish) in the morning. These are very exciting times — the thermostat will even be hitting the mid 70s (!!) in NYC this week. So, it seemed like a cold chicken dish was in order. And what better way to (literally) spice up a classic chicken salad recipe than with some curry… and a healthy twist! I was inspired by Ina Garten’s curried chicken salad recipe, but swapped out the majority of the mayonnaise for non-fat Greek yogurt (for those of us realizing a bit too late that we will have to wear shorts & skirts in the very near future). You are also welcome to add celery and/or raisins to this recipe, I happen to think raisins are absolutely disgusting but that is just my opinion!

So, for 2 servings of yummy chicken salad you will need:

2 bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
1/4 cup + 2 tbsp non-fat greek yogurt
2 tbsp mayonnaise
1 1/2 tbsp mango chutney
1 tbsp curry powder
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1/3 cup whole cashews, toasted
1 scallion, chopped
Olive oil
Salt + pepper

Preheat your oven to 350, drizzle some olive oil over the chicken breasts and season with salt & pepper. Roast them for 35-50 minutes until they are fully cooked (cooking time will depend on the size of the chicken).

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While the chicken is roasting, make the sauce. Combine the yogurt, mayo, chutney, curry powder, white wine vinegar, and 1/2 tsp salt in the bowl of a food processor OR in a small bowl/immersion blender mixing cup (if you have an immersion blender). Blend until uniform and set aside.

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As soon as the chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and dice into nice chicken salad sized pieces, about 1/2″ squares but you don’t have to be exact.

Combine the chicken, sauce (it may look like a little bit too much, but the chicken will absorb some of it!), scallions & cashews and mix well. Ideally let this refrigerate for a few hours before serving to the flavors have time to get to know each other! Enjoy!

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