Autumn Apple and Curry Chicken Salad

apple curry chicken salad

 

I just had the pleasure of chaperoning my son’s kindergarten field trip to a local apple orchard.   Look at those delicious red apples!  I ate quite a few while walking around and they were quite tasty.  While savoring the sweet autumn flavor it gave me an idea for a creative new take on chicken salad I couldn’t wait to try out when I got home.

Fall is by far my favorite time of year, and apple-picking is the perfect fall activity for adults and kids alike.  It isn’t really the picking for me, but all the goodies I get to bake and cook when I get home.   This recipe is going to be a Fall must-have in my house as both my kids and hubby loved it.  My hubby isn’t really into savory tastes, but he devoured this salad last weekend during a fall hike.  It really captures all the wonderful flavors of the Fall season.  It is a great option for kids’ lunches or served on endive at your next Fall gathering. It is sure to be a crowd-pleaser regardless of who is in your audience.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 1/4 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup sliced walnuts, almonds or pecans  (I used walnuts)
  • 1/2 cup good mayo or nonfat plain greek yogurt
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder (I love curry and used a bit more to taste)
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1 cup freshly picked crisp apples, diced
  • 1/2 cup pears or grapes sliced and diced (optional, you can double the apple if you prefer but I did add the pear:)
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • the juice of one lemon
  • Mixed greens or crackers for serving

Directions

  1. Bring the broth and water to a boil in a medium saucepan. Add chicken to broth and simmer, covered, for 6-8 minutes. Turn the heat off and let chicken stand in the cooking liquid, covered for another 20 minutes. Remove the chicken, cool and dice into 1/4-inch dice.
  2. Toast the almonds, walnuts or pecans in a small dry skillet over medium-high heat until fragrant and beginning to turn golden, 2 to 3 minutes.
  3. In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise (or yogurt), curry powder and lemon juice. Fold in the chicken, raisins, nuts and apples and pear (and/or grapes).
  4.  Season with salt and pepper (And extra curry if you like it strong like I do).
  5. Serve with crackers or mixed greens and enjoy!

 

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