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Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Spicing things up...

Please don't let the crappy picture deter you from listening to me when I need to make this recipe!!

We've had a jar of curry powder hanging around for months. We use just a little bit of it each time we make jamaican beef patties (which certainly warrant a post all to themselves, so I'm mentally adding that to the list). But we had a BIG bottle and it was getting used up slowly. I was watching Barefoot Contessa the other day and saw her make this curry chicken salad. We were feeling adventerous and decided to try it. Yes, I know it's sad that curry = adventerous...but it's true :)

Here's the link to Ina's recipe:

I've made a few changes though which work well for us...

1 whole rotisserie chicken
2/3 c. light mayo
1/2 c. light sour cream
1/3 c. dry white wine (I used vermouth last time and it worked just fine. This time I had a bottle of reisling so I used that. did you know that when Erin stops drinking, wine lasts more than 1 day in the fridge? amazing)
1/4 c. mango chutney
only ONE tb. curry powder (one was definitely more than enough, 3 to me is overkill!)
1 c. diced celery
1/4 c. chopped scallions
I omit the raisins, just a personal preference
1 c. cashews (I like to toast them in a dry pan before adding them)

You NEED the cashews. that's a must. This salad is so delicious. So what if you stink of curry for a whole day after?!? :)

On a related note...we're finally ready to buy a new camera. So hopefully one day in the near future, the pictures I post won't look like garbage. New baby definitely means new camera. VERY excited about this!


  1. I can't remember if I've tried this. I guess I'd remember if I had. I do remember reading in the comments that 3tbsp must have been a typo so maybe I was just considering it. I guess I'll give it a shot. I love chicken salad.

  2. That's funny because that's the reason I bought a new camera and video recorder (though my camera takes short video pretty well). I recommend whatever cheap camera I have. It's been dropped by Laura many times and still works well. It was probably $150 including the case and it came in purple (even though the purple was $10 more than the other colors). Stock up on the thumb drives to save all the photos, too! I think I'm on my fourth.

  3. good call on the thumb drives. I'm adding that to my list now! Thanks, April.

    Stephanie - I have another chicken salad I should make again and post here. It's an asian one I found in cook's illustrated and it was super yummy. I'm glad to hear that the 3 tb. was most likely a typo. I dont know who could possibly like curry that much :)