Curried Chicken Salad with Apples

Prep Time5 minutes
Total Time5 minutes

Sweet apples, crunchy celery, and juicy chicken breasts combine with warm curry powder and creamy yogurt in this delicious and healthy curried chicken salad.

Liz grabbing a lettuce wrap with curried chicken salad with apples

Chicken salad is a classic recipe that brings back many childhood memories of my beloved Miracle Whip. It was a sad day when I discovered the main ingredient was corn syrup so I try to use it sparingly, if at all. The good news is that plain yogurt has come to the rescue.

adding plain yogurt to an empty bowl

Before you shun me, let me give you a few tips for replacing mayo or sour cream with plain yogurt. It is important to replace the fat with additional flavor. Since much of what we love about mayo and sour cream is the rich, decadent mouthfeel that comes from the fat it is important to make up for it with natural flavor enhancers. 

squeezing lemon into curry chicken salad

If you’re making tuna salad, add in freshly chopped herbs such as basil or dill. Making tacos? Add a little lime zest and fresh lime juice to sour cream before serving.

adding curry powder to a bowl

When it comes to chicken salad, I love adding antioxidant-packed curry powder and a splash of fresh lemon juice. For added sweetness (to make up for the missing corn syrup), I add chopped apples. Red grapes work well too!

dicing apples

How to make Curried Chicken Salad with Apples

cutting chicken

You can start with a whole rotisserie chicken, cooked chicken breasts, or pre-cubed or shredded canned chicken from the grocery store. I tend to have rotisserie chickens on hand for times such as these. Shred it up to the size you prefer.

curried yogurt sauce in a bowl

Mix together the sauce ingredients before adding in the chicken. Stir to fully combine. Feel free to add extra lemon juice if needed.

dicing celery

Chop the celery and apples finely before adding them to the chicken mixture. You can even throw in some red onions, I won’t tell.

curried chicken salad ingredients

Once all the ingredients are mixed together you can serve immediately or chill in the fridge for a half hour or so. You can also store in the fridge for a few days and dish out for lunches during the week. Just don’t be surprised if it doesn’t last that long!

stirring curried chicken salad

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to serve curried chicken salad in lettuce wraps?

No, you can use tortillas, bread, toast, crackers, or even eat by itself! Just account for the extra calories and carbs.

What if I don’t have apples or celery?

I think the apples add sweetness and the celery some crunch, but you can substitute either with whatever you have. Red grapes or raisins work well to replace apples. And anything crunchy like onions could replace celery.

Is curry spicy?

Curry doesn’t have to be spicy or hot. It’s a blend of different savory and sweet spices, and the level of heat will depend on the type and amount of pepper used. Most curry found in the regular spice aisle in the grocery store is not spicy.

Should I serve curried chicken salad cold?

You can eat it cold or room temperature, but if serving over lettuce I recommend keeping it cold so it doesn’t wilt.

What side dishes go with curried chicken salad?

Whether you serve on lettuce wraps or a sandwich, this curried chicken salad goes great with Baked Turnip Chips, Fried Pickle Chips, or Vegan Roasted Tomato Soup.

How long does chicken salad last in the refrigerator?

Chicken salad should be stored in an air tight container and can last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.

Of course, I’m not perfect and I’m yet to discover a perfect egg and ham sandwich without Miracle Whip. Maybe one day… ;-)

posing for a camera eating curried chicken salad with apples

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closeup curried chicken salad with apples

Curried Chicken Salad with Apples

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Sweet apples, crunchy celery and juicy chicken breasts combine with curry flavors and creamy yogurt in this delicious and healthy salad.
PREP: 5 minutes
TOTAL: 5 minutes
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Servings4

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Ingredients
 

  • 8 oz cooked chicken breasts (cubed)
  • 4 celery stalks (minced)
  • 1 apple (diced)
  • ½ cup plain low fat yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • In a medium bowl, whisk together yogurt, curry powder, lemon juice and salt.
  • Stir in chicken, celery and apple. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly.

Nutrition

Calories: 141kcalCarbohydrates: 9.9gProtein: 19.2gFat: 2.5gSaturated Fat: 0.7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1.8gCholesterol: 49mgSodium: 397mgFiber: 2.2gSugar: 5.9g

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68 responses to “Curried Chicken Salad with Apples”

  1. Kiran @ KiranTarun.com Avatar
    Kiran @ KiranTarun.com

    Love yogurt in chicken salads. Mayo is so overrated and unhealthy anyways.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I totally agree!!

  2. sally @ sallys baking addiction Avatar
    sally @ sallys baking addiction

    I’ve never made chicken salad with curry before! But I always am sure to add apples. Curry is something new and fantastic sounding to try in it though. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You must try it!!! You won’t believe how well it pairs with the sweetness from the apples. :-)

  3. Anne @The Cooking Campaign Avatar
    Anne @The Cooking Campaign

    LOVE Curried Chicken Salad! Can’t wait to try this.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think!!

  4. Paula - bell'alimento Avatar
    Paula – bell’alimento

    I always add curry powder to my chicken salad too! Loverly.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s the best isn’t it? Thank you my dear!

  5. Sandy @ RE Avatar
    Sandy @ RE

    This is one of my favorite all-time recipes that I’ve made often for bridal and baby showers. Love it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s perfect for showers!! Such a great idea!

  6. claire @ the realistic nutritionist Avatar
    claire @ the realistic nutritionist

    This is the only way I’ll ever eat chicken salad. Doesn’t the curry add such a freaking awesome flavor?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes!! It is seriously insane – I don’t know why I don’t make this more often!

  7. Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs Avatar
    Whitney @ The Newlywed Chefs

    Thanks for not using mayo! That’s the one thing I don’t like about most chicken salads. This version looks fabulous!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m the same way – not a big fan of regular mayo!

  8. Aggie Avatar
    Aggie

    Yes! Love curry salad of all kinds, such great flavor. The sweet crunch from the apple in this is perfect :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I do too!! Mmm… curry.

  9. taylor @ taylormade Avatar
    taylor @ taylormade

    when I saw you post this on instagram, I immediately wanted to reach into my screen and eat it! looks like SUCH a wonderful combination of flavors. plus, so healthy! I’d probably try it with greek yogurt for some extra tang & protein :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Greek yogurt would be perfect!! Let me know what you think!

  10. Julia Avatar
    Julia

    This look delicious. There is a restaurant I go to that has a curried chicken salad that I love. This reminds me of it. My husband refuses to eat chicken salad because he associates it with mayo–hopefully I can change his mind with yogurt.

  11. dixya @ food, pleasure, and health Avatar
    dixya @ food, pleasure, and health

    what a simple yet delicioussssly healthy treat :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I couldn’t agree more!! :-)

  12. Tiffany the Dietitian Avatar
    Tiffany the Dietitian

    I love the tips on cutting fat by using plain yogurt and herbs/spices. I do this a lot at home, and it makes a big difference nutritionally. Thanks for the recipe :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I completely agree!! Thank you so much!!

  13. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabbles Avatar
    Brenda @ a farmgirl’s dabbles

    It’s big-time hard for me to resist a curry chicken salad. I love this with yogurt and apples, nice!! :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Me too – the flavors are just so classic and delicious!!

  14. Ali | Gimme Some Oven Avatar
    Ali | Gimme Some Oven

    Gah – why oh why do I have to be allergic to curry? This looks SO good! Love all of those ingredients!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh my goodness allergic to curry?? Dangit!!!

  15. Katrina @ In Katrina's Kitchen Avatar
    Katrina @ In Katrina’s Kitchen

    Looks delish!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you my dear!! xo

  16. Cassie | Bake Your Day Avatar
    Cassie | Bake Your Day

    I love the curry powder here. Chicken salad is a favorite of mine!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Me too!! I would eat curried foods every day. :-)

  17. addie | culicurious Avatar
    addie | culicurious

    Love this recipe, Liz. I’m a big fan of curry, chicken salad and apples. Well done. :) I also try to stay away from HFCS and regular CS. Yogurt and sour cream are my “go-to’s” as well.

  18. katie Avatar
    katie

    never thought to make a curry style chicken salad! love it–and i’m sure the apples compliment it well!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You will love the curry with the chicken and the apples are the perfect sweet balance. :)

  19. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    I am currently on a chicken salad kick and this looks amazing! Curry and Chicken are two peas in a pod! Love!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I totally agree!!!! Thank you Lauren!

  20. Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough Avatar
    Stephanie @ Girl Versus Dough

    I. LOVE. THIS. And I wanna eat it right now.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You need to eat this right now!!!

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