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This zesty curry chicken salad recipe is full of protein and perfectly balanced with sweet and savory flavors.

Trader Joe’s curry chicken salad has long been a favorite in our house. But when we moved to Barcelona seven years ago and found ourselves an ocean away from TJ’s grab-and-go option, I quickly figured out how to make my own homemade version from scratch, which honestly couldn’t be easier and (bonus) was just a fraction of the cost! ♡

Many years later, this recipe is still one of my go-to’s for a protein-packed lunch. It comes together quickly with cooked chicken (diced or shredded), toasted cashews, shredded carrots, cilantro, red onion, and a simple Greek yogurt curry sauce. I also like to add in lots of fresh red grapes for extra texture and sweetness (versus the raisins used in the TJ’s version), and prefer to lighten up the curry sauce with plain Greek yogurt instead of mayo. Together, the ingredients combine to create the perfect balance of sweet and savory flavors, crunchy and tender textures, with a perfectly spiced creamy dressing. And the leftovers taste even better the second day after the the flavors have had a chance to meld. So good!

Feel free to serve this curry chicken salad up between slices of bread to make a sandwich, roll it up in a tortilla to make a wrap, scoop it into lettuce wraps, serve it with crackers for dipping — there are so many ways to enjoy this delicious and versatile salad. So enjoy, enjoy!

Curry chicken salad ingredients

Curried Chicken Salad Ingredients

Here are a few brief notes about the ingredients needed to make this curry chicken salad recipe:

  • Chicken: Cooked boneless skinless chicken breasts are the lean and protein-packed base for this salad, which you can either dice or shred. I usually use my baked chicken breasts recipe or shred a rotisserie chicken.
  • Grapes: Fresh grapes add a delicious burst of juicy texture and sweetness.
  • Cilantro: Chopped cilantro adds a pop of fresh flavor and vibrance to the salad. (Or if cilantro isn’t your thing, feel free to add some chopped mint!)
  • Carrots: Shredded carrots add crunchy texture and an extra layer of sweetness to the salad.
  • Cashews: Chopped toasted cashews and a delicious depth of nutty, salty flavor and protein to the salad.
  • Red onion: Finely-diced red onion balances out the other ingredients with a mild hint of sharp flavor.
  • Greek yogurt curry sauce: Then finally, we’ll toss everything with a simple curry sauce made with plain Greek yogurt, lemon juice, honey and spices (garam masala, ground ginger, ground turmeric, salt and pepper).

Greek yogurt curry sauce

Chicken Salad Tips

Full instructions for how to make this curry chicken salad are included in the recipe box below, but here are a few extra tips to keep in mind:

  • Cool the chicken before mixing. If you are cooking the chicken before making this recipe, be sure to give it a chance to cool (which happens more quickly once the chicken has been diced) before mixing it with the other ingredients so that they stay crisp and do not wilt.
  • Let the flavors marinate. If you have an extra 30 minutes to spare, this salad gets even tastier after it has been refrigerated for 30 minutes, giving the flavors a chance to meld together.
  • Don’t forget to season. I recommend giving the curry sauce a taste before adding it to the salad to see if it needs more salt or pepper. But then be sure to test test the salad after it has all been mixed to see if you need to adjust the seasonings once again.
  • Customize to your liking. Please don’t hesitate to tinker around with the ingredient ratios here and customize them to your liking! For example, you’re more than welcome to add extra grapes or carrots if you prefer a sweeter salad, or you can add extra chicken or cashews for more protein, or see below for even more variations to try.

Curry chicken salad ingredients in bowl

Chicken Salad Variations

Here are a few yummy variations that you’re welcome to try with this easy chicken salad recipe:

  • Add extra fruit: Add diced mango, apple or pineapple for extra sweetness.
  • Add avocado: Add diced avocado to make the salad even creamier.
  • Add quinoa: Add cooked quinoa to make the salad even heartier.
  • Add fresh mint: Add chopped fresh mint, which always pairs deliciously with curry.

Trader Joe's curry chicken salad copycat

Ways To Serve Chicken Salad

Looking for different ways to serve chicken salad? Here are a few we would recommend with this recipe:

  • Sandwiches: Serve between two slices of your favorite bread to make a classic chicken salad sandwich.
  • Melts: Top slices of bread with a scoop of chicken salad, a slice of cheese, and broil until the cheese is melty.
  • Wraps (or pitas): Serve wrapped up in a tortilla or pita to make a chicken salad wrap.
  • Lettuce wraps: Serve in large lettuce cups to make chicken salad lettuce wraps.
  • Stuffed bell peppers: Serve in hollowed-out bell peppers to make chicken salad stuffed bell peppers.
  • Crostini (or crackers): Serve on crostini or crackers for a simple appetizer.

Curry Chicken Salad Lettuce Wraps

More Chicken Salad Recipes

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This Healthy Curry Chicken Salad recipe is quick and easy to make, and full of feel-good ingredients and mega-delicious flavor.  It’s also naturally gluten-free and perfect for meal planning!

Chicken Salad Ingredients:

  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cooked and cubed
  • 1 cup grapes, halved
  • 1/2 cup roughly-chopped fresh cilantro, lightly-packed
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted cashews
  • 1/4 cup finely-diced red onion
  • 1 batch Greek Yogurt Curry Sauce (see below)

Greek Yogurt Curry Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon freshly-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • pinch each of salt and pepper

To Make The Chicken Salad:

  1. Toss all ingredients together in a large bowl until combined.
  2. Serve immediately, or store in a sealed container for up to 4 days.

To Make The Greek Yogurt Curry Sauce:

  1. Whisk all ingredients together in a medium bowl until combined.  Taste, and season with extra salt, pepper, and/or lemon juice if needed.


Source: Recipe inspired by Trader Joe’s curry chicken salad.

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