This curry chicken salad recipe with celery, onion and raisins is super flavorful and comes together fast using shredded chicken. It’s an awesome salad to meal prep for lunches throughout the week. 

If you’re looking for a delicious and budget friendly lunch idea, this curry chicken salad is for you! I love eating this on toasted bread, on top of a lettuce salad or in a wrap. It’s perfect to meal prep for the week ahead, to bring on an outdoor adventure or picnic or for a backyard dinner.

Quite a few people have been asking about budget friendly recipes and while I don’t share the cost breakdown of my recipes a lot of them are budget friendly! This recipe fits the bill.

When I’m looking for a budget friendly, quick and easy option, chicken salad always make the list. A couple other budget friendly salads that come to mind are this caprese pasta salad, my curried chickpea salad, avocado egg salad and this sweet potato tuna salad… they’re all super budget friendly.

Curry chicken salad on an open faced sandwich with sourdough bread. Bowl of cilantro in the background.

Ingredients in Curry Chicken Salad

  • shredded chicken
  • celery
  • raisins
  • red onion
  • mayonnaise (I like avocado oil mayo, but you can use whatever type you prefer)
  • curry powder
  • apple cider vinegar
  • ground pepper
  • sea salt
  • cashews (optional)

Mixing bowl with a gold spoon beside it. Ingredients for the curry chicken salad are in the bowl: curry powder, mayo, shredded chicken, raisins, chopped onion, chopped celery.

How to Make Shredded Chicken

The first step is to cook your chicken and shred it. I know some chicken salads use chunks of meat, but I prefer it shredded. For the shredded chicken you can totally pick up a rotisserie chicken and use that. Just buy a plain rotisserie chicken and shred the meat while it’s still warm. Trust me, it’s much easier to get the meat off the bone when it’s warm compared to when it has been in the fridge.

Another super easy way to make shredded chicken is to cook boneless, skinless chicken in your slow cooker. This is what I do all the time and it is seriously so easy. I need to do a full blog post on this but here’s the basic recipe for slow cooker shredded chicken:

  1. Place boneless skinless chicken breasts inside of your slow cooker. I usually do 1 lb a time. Drizzle with a little olive oil (1  Tablespoon) and liberally sprinkle with sea salt and ground pepper.
  2. Set your slow cooker to cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
  3. Test to make sure your chicken is cooked through. You can use a meat thermometer to be 100% sure (the meat needs to be 165°F internally). I usually just make sure all the meat is white, cooked through and pulls apart easily.
  4. The last step is to transfer the cooked chicken to a plate and use 2 forks or a meat shredder to shred the chicken.

Bowl of curry chicken salad with a gold spoon.

How to Make Curry Chicken Salad

Once you have the shredded chicken, the hard part is done and all you have to do is stir together your seasonings.

For curry chicken salad one of the key ingredients is curry powder, of course. This is what gives the chicken salad all the delicious curry flavor. Most curry powders are a blend of turmeric, chili powder, ground coriander, ground cumin, ground ginger and pepper. Different brands each taste a little different so find one you like and stick with it. I’m a big fan of Simply Organic curry powder.

Once you have your mayo, apple cider vinegar, curry powder, pepper and salt stirred together in a large bowl. Just add the shredded chicken, celery, raisins and red onion. Toss until combined and you’re done! You can enjoy the salad right away or if you prefer you can place it in the fridge to chill before serving.

How Long Can You Keep Homemade Chicken Salad?

Store your homemade chicken salad in an airtight container for 3-5 days in the refrigerator. Unfortunately chicken salad doesn’t freeze well so if you meal prep chicken salad plan to eat it within 3-5 days of making!

Is Chicken Salad Healthy?

Yes! I personally love that it is naturally balanced in fat, fiber and protein.

I think chicken salad can get a bad rap because it has mayonnaise. Mayonnaise is high in calories and fat, but a little bit goes a long way. I like using avocado or olive oil based mayos and look for brands made with organic eggs and without added sugar. My personal favorite is Primal Kitchen’s avocado oil mayo.

Close up of curry chicken salad on an open faced sandwich with sourdough bread.

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If you make this curried chicken salad, please be sure to leave a comment and star rating below letting me know how it turns out. Your feedback is so helpful for the EBF team and other EBF readers.

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Curry chicken salad on an open faced sandwich with sourdough bread. Bowl of cilantro in the background.

Curry Chicken Salad


  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: 4

Description

This curry chicken salad recipe with celery, onion and raisins is super flavorful and comes together fast using shredded chicken. It’s an awesome salad to meal prep for lunches throughout the week. 


Ingredients

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1/2 cup chopped celery
  • 1/41/3 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup avocado or olive oil mayonnaise
  • 1/2 Tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/81/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons cashews (optional)

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, stir together mayo, apple cider vinegar, curry powder, pepper and salt.
  2. Add shredded chicken, celery, raisins and red onion to the bowl. Stir until well combined.
  3. Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed. If mixture seems too dry, add more mayo.
  4. Serve on bread as a sandwich, in lettuce wraps or over a bed of greens.
  • Category: Salad
  • Method: Toss
  • Cuisine: American

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/4 of recipe
  • Calories: 280
  • Sugar: 7g
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 11g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Protein: 18g

Keywords: curry chicken salad

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    29 comments
    1. Kaitlin Daff
      February 22, 2021 AT 3:40 pm

      Absolutely delicious! I love how the curry kicks the flavor up a notch while still tasting like chicken salad. My husband even requested it again!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 22, 2021 AT 9:44 pm

        Woo!! So glad you loved this salad, Kaitlin. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    2. Katlyn
      February 12, 2021 AT 6:27 pm

      I loved this recipe, you never disappoint! I used black grapes and sliced almonds because that’s what I had on hand and it was still super yummy. Would Greek yogurt work well as a replacement for mayo to make it lighter?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 12, 2021 AT 6:39 pm

        So glad you loved it, Katlyn! And yes, I love using Greek yogurt as a sub for mayo in my tuna or chicken salads. 🙂 Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

    3. Amanda Harbinja
      November 17, 2020 AT 1:59 pm

      So yum! I wasn’t sure about curry powder cold with the raisins but I LOVE it! My husband is also a fan. So quick to whip up. Great lunch option!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 17, 2020 AT 6:26 pm

        Woo, so glad this salad was a hit!! Thanks for giving it a try and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it, Amanda.

    4. Lauren
      August 31, 2020 AT 9:31 pm

      Absolutely DELICIOUS!! I used dried cranberries instead of raisins…. made a big batch and have had it every day for lunch! So tasty!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 1, 2020 AT 9:50 pm

        Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Lauren. So pumped you’re loving this recipe. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    5. Amber
      August 30, 2020 AT 9:54 pm

      Yummy!!!

    6. Kris
      August 3, 2020 AT 1:23 pm

      This was great! I made as directed except used chopped pecans in place of the cashews and added a little bit of honey. So good! Been eating in lettuce wraps.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 5, 2020 AT 1:41 am

        So pumped you’ve been loving this salad, Kris! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it 🙂

    7. Grace
      July 13, 2020 AT 11:21 am

      My fiancée and I love this! We followed the recipe using rotisserie chicken. We eat it usually for snack with crackers and cheese. I’ve been making it each week for more than a month now. It’s now become a staple in our household! Thanks for this recipe!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 13, 2020 AT 1:44 pm

        Ahh yay!! So glad this recipe is a hit. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Grace. I so appreciate it. 🙂

    8. Bev
      July 9, 2020 AT 7:18 pm

      It’s a HOT summer evening, so I made this for dinner and served it open face on a croissant. Very tasty. I’ll be making this chicken curry salad again.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 9, 2020 AT 11:43 pm

        So glad this was a hit, Bev! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    9. Robin
      June 18, 2020 AT 11:30 pm

      This was so tasty! I love chicken salad, but my husband doesn’t like it very much. However, this recipe was a bit hit with both of us! I’m off to make some more right now!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 20, 2020 AT 1:57 am

        Woot woot!! That’s always a win when that happens. 🙂 So glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for trying it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

    10. Jen
      June 17, 2020 AT 5:28 pm

      This is so delicious!!

    11. Deb
      June 9, 2020 AT 6:49 pm

      Yum!!!!! Had to add quite a bit more curry powder, but that could be because my is old and cheap. Excellent recipe. Easy and delicious!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        June 10, 2020 AT 4:16 pm

        So glad you enjoyed this salad, Deb!! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I really appreciate it. 🙂

    12. Leslie
      January 7, 2020 AT 8:21 pm

      So yummy. I substituted craisins for raisons but gosh it all came together so lovely! Great flavors!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 8, 2020 AT 12:28 pm

        Yay!! I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Leslie. Thanks for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    13. Sandee J
      January 3, 2020 AT 9:32 pm

      Soooo yummy and super easy to bring together. I didn’t have any cashews so substituted pine nuts. Delish and perfect for a very hot Australian Summer’s day with salad greens.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        January 6, 2020 AT 12:47 pm

        Yay!! So glad you’re loving this chicken salad recipe, Sandee. Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

    14. MindyK
      October 28, 2019 AT 8:51 pm

      Congrats on having this recipe featured on My Fitness Pal! I just made a big batch–it’s delicious!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 29, 2019 AT 11:20 am

        Thanks Mindy! So happy to hear that you found and enjoyed this recipe. 🙂

    15. Brittany
      September 8, 2019 AT 9:38 pm

      I made the healthy chicken curry salad and it turned out delicious!! I can’t wait to have it over spinach salad for lunches or eat it with crackers. You won’t be disappointed!! 🙂

      1. Brittany Mullins
        September 9, 2019 AT 10:09 pm

        Yay!! I’m so excited that you liked the curried chicken salad. I’m hooked on it. 🙂 And thank you so much for taking the time to come back here and comment and leave a star rating. I so appreciate it!

    16. Sharon Rausch
      May 28, 2019 AT 10:10 am

      That was a great article thank you so much.

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