Lunchbox Curry Chicken Salad

Posted On Sep 16, 2022 By Brandy Gales

curry chicken salad

I came up with this recipe as a way to use my leftover chicken or turkey. I am not a fan of traditional chicken salad as it is loaded with a lot of mayonnaise and mustard. Instead, I love to use sour cream or Greek yogurt and curry powder to lighten up and mix up the flavors. I love this as my meal prep item for work lunches during the week. The vibrant flavors as a lettuce wrap make me feel good about what I am putting in my body, and there is no microwave needed to reheat.

If you are interested in more traditional curry recipes please check out my Weeknight Wonder: Beef Curry recipe or my Chicken Coconut Curry Soup recipe.

Curry Chicken Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 0 minutes

Total time: 10 minutes

What You Need

  • 2 cups chicken chopped up into small cubes
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 tbsp curry powder
  • 2 tsp light amber agave
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon salt and pepper
  • ½ cup chopped almonds (optional)
  • 1 cup cilantro (optional)
  • butter lettuce leaves, for serving
leftover chopped chicken, butter lettuce, curry powder, cranberries and more ingredients arranged on a platter

What You Will Do

  1. Add all of the ingredients except for the butter lettuce leaves into a large mixing bowl and combine until uniform.
  2. You can serve immediately or refrigerate for 1 hour before serving.
  3. Spoon the mixture into the butter lettuce leaves to serve immediately.
  4. Garnish with chopped almonds and torn cilantro as optional variations.

Recipe Tips:

  • When it comes to anything involving curry flavors, I actually love to heat it up first to make sure it is evenly balanced. What I do for this process is combine all of the ingredients except for the celery, butter lettuce leaves, and cranberries in a sauce pan and lightly warm over medium heat. Once warm, I remove from the sauce pan and spoon in the celery and cranberries.
  • This can be served warm or cold.
  • This will last in the refrigerator for 3 days in an airtight container.

Now the last thing you have to do, as my daughter would say, is "Eat, Eat."