I really love curry. I love the spicy warm flavor it has, and I love how it transforms this chicken salad from just any old chicken salad to chicken salad with kick. I went on a hike the other morning with 3 friends up to Hanging Lake in Glenwood Springs, we left early and were returning in the early afternoon and having lunch at my house. It’s lunch for girls who’ve just hiked for a few
hours, so you don’t need to be super diet conscious. It’s perfect for after hiking, and I have to say I can’t think of a time that it wouldn’t work just perfectly. I made it the night before and I will add the cashews right before serving. This recipe should serve 6 as it is, I cut chicken in 1/2 because we were only 4 and I had a quinoa salad and greens as well. I have been making this for many years and I don’t always put the celery in because I am not a big fan. The original recipe is from Barefoot Contessa, and once again thanks Ina.
3 whole ( 6 split) chicken breasts, bone – in , skin on
Kosher Salt and Freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 cups mayonnaise (Hellman’s or Best’s) are very good choices
1/3 cup dry white wine
1/4 cup chutney ( Major Grey’s) in a jar (pretty available)
3 tablespoons curry powder
*1 cup medium diced celery ( I don’t always use it b/c I don’t love) but go right ahead if you like raw celery in chicken salad
1/4 cup chopped scallions
1/4 cup raisins ( I like the dark raisins contrast to salad, but golden ones work as well)
1 cup whole roasted salted cashews ( also optional)
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts on a sheet pan and rub the skin with olive oil. Sprinkle liberally with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Roast for 35 – 45 minutes depending on the size of the breast. Set aside the chicken once it’s cooked, and wait till it’s cool enough to handle. Once the chicken is cool , remove the skin and remove the meat from the bones, cut the chicken into large bite size pieces.
For the dressing, I used food processor. Combine the mayonnaise, wine , chutney, curry powder and 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt in the bowl of processor. Process until smooth.
Combine the chicken with enough dressing to moisten well. Add the scallions, *celery and raisins , and mix well. Refrigerate till ready to use but refrigerate for at least a few hours for flavors to blend. Add the cashews right before serving and best served at room temperature.