Chicken Curry Salad+Other Mama’s Day Recipes


Remember those homemade coupons booklets we’d give our mama on Mother’s Day?

Ya know, for stuff like “1 night of washing dishes,” or “breakfast in bed,” or “laundry washing.” I always felt really crappy giving my mom homemade gifts like that–because my 4th grade self knew that that stuff didn’t cost any money, and therefore, I thought it was kinda lame.

I wanted to buy her the shiny, pretty jewelry in those Zales commercials. My 4th-grade self was totally their target audience, apparently.


Now, I’m old enough to know that my mom would love to be able to cash in one of those coupons. ‘Cause that’s all mamas want when their little ones move out and move across the country–they just want time…time to talk, to hang out and talk some more.

So this is my digital, grown-up coupon for my mama. Next time I see her I’m gonna make this sandwich for us; it’s jam-packed with stuff she loves.

Now, I know I just said all that and here’s a picture of raw chicken. My mama doesn’t like raw chicken, but she does like dark meat.

I made this chicken curry salad with roasted bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs. Everyone knows that dark meat has more flavor. It’s just one of those facts of life, ya know?

BUT…alternative alert: you can also make this salad by boiling boneless, skinless chicken breast. OR you can grab a rotisserie chicken from the store. Chicken part will totally be donzo.

Whether you do the rotisserie thing, thigh thing, or breast thing (I understand that this sounds weird), chop or or shred the cooked chicken.

Take your chopped onion, chopped apple, yogurt, salt, curry, pepper, lime juice and mix.

P.S. For all you mayonniase haters, this recipe is actually for you. My mom isn’t a huge mayonnaise lover, so I made this with yogurt instead.

When you mix it all up, this is when you get powerful. Yes, you…

Meaning, if it’s a little dry for your taste, add more yogurt; if you want it a bit more spicy, add more curry, though, I thought both were perfect for my taste. I did add more salt. But I loooove salt. So you should do this to taste, too.

Next you’re gonna fold in the dried cranberries and chopped walnuts. If you don’t wanna do the cranberries, you can swap it out for dried blueberries, dried currants, or fresh grapes.

Flat leaf parsley! Freshness! Fold…

If you or your mom is super dainty, then maybe you wanna do a little open face sandwich situation.

Or sangich it together and eat the shiz out of it.

Happy Mother’s Day to all of you fighting the good fight, raising, teaching and guiding little humans through each day. Amazing. The whole world reaps the benefits of your labors.



P.S. Below you’ll find a bunch of recipes that you also might enjoy this weekend!

Ginger Lemonade topped with a splash of cucumber juice.

Chicken Curry Salad

Print this recipe!

2 lbs of chicken thighs (approx. 4 thighs)

2 tablespoon of olive oil

Dash of salt and pepper

1/4 of a white onion, diced

1/2 of a green apple, diced

3/4 a cup of yogurt

2 tablespoons of curry powder

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4 teaspoon of pepper

1 handful of dried cranberries

1 handful of walnuts, chopped

1 handful of flat leaf parsley

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the chicken thighs (or breasts) on a baking sheet and rub the skin with olive oil and sprinkle liberally with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked. Set aside until cool enough to handle. Remove the meat from the bones, discard the skin, and dice the chicken into bite-size pieces.

In a bowl add the chicken, diced white onion, diced green apple, yogurt, curry powder, salt and pepper and mix until combined. Fold in the cranberries and walnuts. Then fold in the flat leaf parsley. Serve in between two pieces of bread or on a bed of mixed greens.

Salted Caramel Mousse because what mom doesn’t love chocolate?! Bonus: it has salted caramel all up in it.

Lemon Pizza! Eating lemons might sound weird. But slice ’em thin, with creme fraiche and smoked salmon. Hells yes! I like to serve this as an appetizer.

And then there’s Chocolate Mayonnaise Cake. This thang is amazing. It’s definitely the most moist (<–gross word) cake I’ve ever eaten. And the icing is heavenly.

If you’re having brunch with your mom, I suggest this Dutch Baby with Lavender Sugar. It’s as girly as it gets. I lurve it.

And then you can wash all of it down with this sweet, tangy Watermelon Limeade. It’s simply perfect.

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  • Reply restaurant Fort Lauderdale September 5, 2013 at 1:01 am

    This is just perfect! We have lots of left-over chicken curry from last night and no one would dare touch it now. I am going to use it to create such salad. I hope it turns out good. I bet the folks will be asking for more! Thank you for this post!

  • Reply kellypea June 22, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    I love this salad so think I’m making this in a wrap for dinner tonight. Wouldn’t say I’m a mayo hater, but I definitely love the yogurt better 🙂

  • Reply Taryn May 8, 2011 at 6:58 pm

    yum! I use to go to a teahouse that served chicken curry salad with dried cranberries in little creampuff type shells. The teahouse has since closed, and I’ve been looking for a similar chicken salad recipe for awhile. This sounds like one I definitely need to try!

  • Reply welovefur May 7, 2011 at 10:19 am

    I love your blog !
    With love Little Sable

  • Reply Katrina May 7, 2011 at 12:13 am

    This sounds amazing!

  • Reply laura @ glutton for nourishment May 6, 2011 at 2:36 pm

    i’m all about using yogurt instead of mayo in chicken salad. thank you for validating my choice. i also happen to have some amazing curry powder right now and am looking for more ways to use it – excellent idea!

  • Reply Adriana May 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

    OH MY GOODNESS. I want one, now! Unfortunately me and my mummy live in different countries, but I think anyone would really really appreciate this sandwich! and I’m not a mayo fan either, so it’s perfect!

  • Reply alicia May 6, 2011 at 10:35 am

    LOVE this sandwich – and great recipe suggestions. I’ve had mayonnaise cakes before and they’re outrageous….er….moist.

  • Reply Tina May 6, 2011 at 9:58 am

    Oh man does that look good! I love u for adding roasted thigh meat to it 🙂 I wish my mother’s day will be filled with quietness but it will be business as usual for me 🙁

  • Reply Angharad May 6, 2011 at 8:57 am

    I love chicken curry sandwiches! British fave and ever so popular at home. Nowwwwww…I want some.

  • Reply marie May 6, 2011 at 7:36 am

    thank youuu! mayo gives me the heebie jeebies but i like the idea of curry chicken salad so this is perfect. my mom’s on a different coast so i’ll make this for me – i’m a mom to a fish.

  • Reply Heather May 6, 2011 at 5:58 am

    My Mom loves chicken salad. I will have to make this one for her. Thanks for sharing.