Every family has their go-to comfort food or traditional meal.
Growing up, roasted chicken dinner was it. To this day, the sight and smell of a whole chicken roasting away in the oven brings back fond memories.
Like most Sunday night dinners, you make more than you can eat – and that’s where repurposing the leftovers comes in.
Today I’m sharing a recipe for curried chicken salad with cranberries that makes perfect use of the leftover meat from a roast chicken (pssst – it works equally well with turkey!).
I prefer to roast my own chicken, so I get to choose the quality of the meat (pasture-raised is my preference) and the spices, however if you’re in a bind, a grocery store rotisserie chicken works just as well.
Most curried chicken salad recipes call for raisins, but I’ve just never been a fan.
Usually, people put in wayyyy too much and I find myself picking out about half of them. Curried chicken salad is meant to be savory, not a dessert, right?
Dried cranberries – and in a more moderate amount – are a great compromise. You get that touch of sweetness balanced out with a little tartness.
Also, “Curried Chicken Salad with Cranberries” just sounds better. That has to be worth something!
Curried Chicken Salad with Cranberries
- 3 lb leftover cooked chicken, cubed
- 3 stalks celery, finely diced
- 1 apple, finely diced (choose a crisp variety, like Pink Lady or Honeycrisp)
- 1-2 green onions, sliced thinly
- ½ cup mayonnaise (I use a homemade macadamia nut oil mayo, so I can avoid processed vegetable oils & icky additives-see notes)
- ½ cup full-fat sour cream
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- 2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp coconut sugar
- 1 tsp ground ginger
- 2 Tbsp mild curry powder (I use Madras brand)
- ½ cup dried cranberries
- ½ cup cashews, chopped (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a large bowl.
- Let sit for 30 minutes (or overnight) for flavors to meld.
- Serve in lettuce or kale leaves, with celery sticks, or crackers of choice.
For the curry lovers out there,
a) This recipe has a pretty decent amount of curry powder (I’ve even made it with an extra Tbsp of curry powder when I’m really feelin’ it).
b) You’ll probably want to make my Roasted Curried Cauliflower at some point…
For the not-so-into-curry crowd, feel free to cut back the curry powder to 1 ½ Tbsp for a more subtle flavor. I promise I won’t be offended. 🙂
If you like this recipe for curried chicken salad with cranberries, tell me about it in the comments below.
Until next week,
PS – If you’re using the meat from a whole chicken, be sure to save all the bones and scraps to make homemade broth from scratch (yep, we’re talking miraculous “bone broth” you’ve heard so much about). Here’s my method.