Apr 27 2012

Curried Chicken Salad

Published by at 8:01 am under Food,Recipes

In my mind, there is no better way to eat well and still save money than to cook a whole chicken.  You can get whole roasters at the grocery store for $10-$12 or get a free-range organic bird from your butcher for $18-$20.  Two adults can eat the roasted meat on Day 1 then pick the rest of meat and add to salads, wraps, quesadillas, burritos, sandwiches, pastas, soups or casseroles for at least 3-4 more meals for 2.  That’s about $1-$2 per serving for lean protein, making it easy to generate 4-5 meals for 2 for $1-$3 per serving, once you add in veggies and other ingredients.  If you pick mostly salads and sandwiches for your leftovers, you have the added benefit of only having to fire up the stove once for the whole week.

I used Cook’s Illustrated recipe for the perfect roast chicken on Sunday (served with that luscious strawberry salad and homemade rolls) then Greg picked the meat and we repurposed all week.  I’ll share a Thai-style dinner salad next Monday but the first iteration of chicken leftovers took the form of curried chicken salad sandwiches.

There’s a cafe near us that makes a terrific curried chicken salad with cranberries and they serve it on croissants.  Eager to replicate it, I used a recipe from Nicole at Prevention RD, tweaked the fruit to include cranberries and heaped the whole mixture onto flaky store-bought croissants.  Not only did I get 2 dinners and 2 lunches out of it (we’re being frugal, remember!) but the flavor was just remarkable.  That Cook’s Illustrated recipe (along with digital temperature probes) gave an amazingly moist and tender chicken, the cranberries added tartness while the apple gave a terrific crunch and that aromatic curry flavor running all the way through was just perfect.  The dressing of this version is quite creamier than the cafe’s version but the croissant held up well against it.  It was the kind of sandwich that was hearty enough for dinner but I was looking forward to it all for lunch as well.

And, since each one cost less than $2 compared to the $8 the cafe charges, I’d say we made out just as well on the budget as we did on the flavor.

Curried Chicken Salad

Yield: Makes 6 sandwiches

Curried Chicken Salad

Adapted from Prevention RD. Originally from Healthy Food for Living

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken, cooked and chopped
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 Granny Smith apple, diced
  • 12 leaves leaf or romaine lettuce
  • 6 sandwich-sized croissants

Instructions

Combine yogurt, mayonnaise, curry powder, and salt in a small bowl. Combine chicken, cranberries and apples in a large bowl. Add dressing to chicken and fruit and stir to combine, coating each piece with dressing. Add more salt, to taste. Cover and chill in the fridge for at least 1 hour.

Assemble sandwiches by spreading chicken salad then layering lettuce leaves between halves of croissant.

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2 Responses to “Curried Chicken Salad”

  1. Nicole, RDon 27 Apr 2012 at 9:45 am

    I’m so glad this recipe was able to be tweaked to recreate a favorite! It amazes me how much money can be saved at home. I need to start roasting my own chickens…it really is so, so economical!

    Beautiful photos, too :)

  2. Lauraon 27 Apr 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I love a good curried chicken salad!

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