Crazy-Good Curry Chicken Salad


This is what we call a keeper. Big time. Not only is this chicken salad mind-blowingly easy to make, but it tastes like a dream come true. Yes, most of my dreams involve curry. I recently got over my aversion to mayonnaise, thank goodness. Turns out, 1) mayo is a lot tastier when it's homemade and full of curry, and 2) these days I'll eat whatever I can get. If mayo is paleo-approved, I'm sure as hell eating it. I don't apply that rule to raw celery though, which is still in what I call the Licorice Pile (the sort of things that are just as gross now as they were when I was a kid). The Licorice Pile includes exclusively licorice, anything gelatinous and raw celery. You know... super gross things, as I'm sure we can all agree.

The measurements are probably not quite accurate to my end product, but this is about right for a starting point and then you can always add more mayo, more spices and things as your tastebuds desire.

Crazy-Good Curry Chicken Salad

Paleo and Whole30-approved
  • l lb chicken breasts, cooked and cubed (I used thighs, but that's only because I didn't have anything else.)
  • 1/4 cup of homemade olive oil mayo
  • 1 T curry powder
  • 1/2 tsp tumeric
  • 1 tsp onion powder (or some fresh chopped chives, if you have them)
  • 1/2 tsp celery salt (remember, raw celery is gross—but use the real thing if you must)
  • Dash or two of lemon juice
  • Salt, pepper and cayenne to taste
  • Handful of cashews
  • Handful of raisins
Thoroughly blend the dressing (everything but the chicken, raisins and cashews) together in a bowl. Then mix in the rest of the ingredients and taste test. Adjust spices and mayo. EAT. This is one of those dishes that keeps well and tastes even better later.
Curry Chicken Salad-2
Other ideas, thoughts and uses...
  • Add fresh grapes or apples instead of or in addition to raisins. If you don't add something a little sweet, you might as well not make this recipe because that balance is the best part!
  • Sub cashews for any nut you like.
  • Try adding a little nut butter for extra richness. I wouldn't add too much though or it will overwhelm the flavors!
  • Make lettuce wraps. Yum.


How many times per week are you gonna be eating this? Be honest.