Monday, March 19, 2012

Spring Chicken Curry Salad


It’s spring, and it actually feels like it! Time for spring chickens and picnics. They come together perfectly in chicken curry salad. I can make a batch of chicken curry salad and leave it in the fridge for four or five days to use in a variety of meal: chicken curry salad sandwich on homemade bread, open-faced grilled chicken curry salad sandwich on homemade bread; chicken curry salad on a bed of fresh lettuce... Chicken curry salad can also be made in a wonderful series of variations to fit whatever I happen to have on hand. The two variations here should give a sense of what you can play with. The key is to have chicken, curry, some kind of dairy to hold it all together, some crunchy fresh veggies, and some kind of dried fruit.












Spring Chicken Curry Salad I
Serves 4


1 lb chicken. If you’ve made any kind of chicken and have leftovers, use them for this! Otherwise, boil 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts in a medium pot of water with salt and pepper for about 30 minutes. Shred the chicken.
1 watermellon radish, chopped small
1 chioga beet, chopped into small cubes
4 stalks celery, chopped into small cubes
1 bunch green onions, whites and greens, chopped
2 carrotts, chopped into small cubes
½ cup dried prunes, chopped into small cubes
½ cup sour cream
1 T. red curry paste
1 tsp. yellow curry powder
½ tsp. cumin
1 tsp. salt
½ tsp. ground pepper

Stir everything together well in a big bowl.


Spring Chicken Curry Salad II
Serves 4

1 lb chicken. If you’ve made any kind of chicken and have leftovers, use them for this! Otherwise, boil 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts in a medium pot of water with salt and pepper for about 30 minutes. Shred the chicken.
1 fennel root, diced
1 bunch chives, chopped
1/2 onion, diced small
¼ cup raisins
½ cup chopped dried apricots
½ cup chopped dried prunes
½ small cabbage, chopped
4 carrots, diced small
2 stalks celery, chopped
¼ cup mayonnaise
¼ cup plain yoghurt
2 T curry powder
1 tsp. salt
1 tsp. ground black pepper

Stir everything together well in a big bowl.



1 comment:

maamypatom said...

just had a chicken curry sandwich on the plane ride home that had dried cranberry in it--I'll put some in when I try one of your takes!