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This quick and easy Curried Chicken Salad is full of flavor and make a great low carb lunch!
Do you ever get in a recipe rut? You’d think it wouldn’t happen to me because I’m always coming up with new things for the blog but honestly, most days I eat the same thing for lunch, or a quick snack, as I did the day before. I have a few go to things that are easy to grab and munch on when I’m hungry and I tend to make them over and over again. Having something ready and waiting for me when I’m hungry really helps me stay on track with my low carb lifestyle but a girl can only eat so many hard boiled eggs, ya know? This week I decided to change things up and instead of reinventing the wheel I decided to take one of my low carb staples, chicken salad, and spice it up! What I ended up with was this super flavorful Curried Chicken Salad and OMG! I’m in love.
I mentioned earlier this month that February 16th was Almond Day and the whole month of February is American Heart Month and National Snacking Month so this recipe is perfect for keeping my better-for-you snacking trend going. Almonds are a favorite in my house and I always have some ready for snacking. In just 1.5 ounces you get 13 grams of “good” unsaturated fat, 6 grams of protein, 4 grams of fiber, and good antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium. There is even new research that shows a healthy handful of whole or chopped almonds provides up to 25% fewer calories than previously thought, compared to the number of calories listed on nutrition labels. To help pack my Curried Chicken Salad full as much good stuff as I could I threw some chopped almonds into it also and they added a great crunch!
I made my own curry for this recipe. My guy traveled to Singapore recently and he had a layover in Dubai where he picked up a ton of new, beautiful spices for me. I’ve been learning to use them ever since. My curry powder is a mix of cumin, cardamom, coriander, turmeric, mustard seeds, and cayenne. You can see why it packs a punch of flavor! I had whole seeds so I ground them up in a spice grinder before putting them in an airtight container but you can buy these spices already ground and mix them yourself OR just buy curry powder that is already mixed. It might have a slight variation in spices but I’m sure it will give you amazing flavor.
In a large bowl I combined the curry powder, mayonnaise, cooked chicken, chopped almonds, and diced red bell pepper. I let it sit for a little while to let the flavors meld together but you can just dig right in if you can’t wait. I’ll be honest I usually just eat mine with a fork but if you want to serve it on something skip the cracker and go for a slice of apple. The added sweetness really makes the flavors pop and it’s such a quick and easy way to make a good-for-you afternoon snack!
- 1.5 lb Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped
- ¾ c. Mayonnaise
- 1-2 tsp. Curry Powder (to taste)
- 1 c Almonds, chopped
- ½ c. Red Bell Pepper, diced
- Salt to taste
- 2 Tbsp. Ground Cardamom
- 2 Tbsp Ground Cumin
- 2 Tbsp Ground Coriander
- 1 Tbsp Ground Turmeric
- 1 Tbsp Dry Mustard
- ¼ tsp Cayenne
- Place the chopped, cooked chicken breast in a large bowl and add the mayonnaise and the first teaspoon of curry powder along with a pinch of salt.
- Mix thoroughly and taste. Continue to add curry powder and salt until you are happy with the flavor.
- Add the chopped almonds and diced red bell pepper and fold in gently.
- Store in the refrigerator until ready to serve.
- Mix all the spices together and store in an airtight container.
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