My mother Joyce, who my children call 'Mimi,' is a great Southern cook and has many legendary recipes. This is one of her crowd pleasers. She's been making this very traditional 'lady-like' chicken salad for as long as I can remember. It's best the day after making, and is colorful and fragrant and perfect for a summer supper -- or a ladies' luncheon!

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Ingredients

15
Original recipe yields 15 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Place chicken in a large pot of lightly salted water, and bring to a boil; simmer until tender and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Drain, set aside. When cool enough to handle, chop coarsely, and place into a large bowl.

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  • In a separate bowl, stir together mayonnaise, curry powder, lemon juice, and soy sauce.

  • Stir into the chopped chicken 2 1/4 cups of the toasted almonds. Stir in grapes, celery, water chestnuts, and pineapple. Gently fold in all but 1/2 cup of the dressing. Cover, and refrigerate salad and reserved dressing for several hours (or overnight).

  • Before serving, adjust dressing to taste, and garnish with paprika and remaining 1/4 cup almonds.

Nutrition Facts

588 calories; 45.7 g total fat; 71 mg cholesterol; 389 mg sodium. 19.3 g carbohydrates; 26.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2007
I gave this recipe a 5 star rating because of quite a few modifications. Without modifications it gets a 2. First this makes a ton so half the recipe. From there add a teaspoon of paprika along with listed ingredients. Add at least 1 tablespoon of honey more if you like. Add about 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard and instead of almonds add a Tablespoon of poppy seeds. Oh yeah double the curry. I did not add pinapple but i've had chicken salad that way and really liked it. With these changes it will be yummy but it is even better the next day as it says in the recipe. The curry flavor is more pronounced the next day. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
04/25/2006
This recipe makes a TON - I halved everything and it still made a lot. Not sure why I didn't just love it - I love each and every ingredient in it but they just didn't seem to go together well. Maybe it was the dressing. I love curried chicken salad at restaurants too but this wasn't quite the recipe I thought it would be. I even used fresh pineapple to make it extra special. I let it sit overnight and the chicken ended up 'pasty' - the problem got even worse the day after that. Maybe the soy sauce and mayonnaise caused the chicken to break down?? I think I will keep looking. Read More
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15 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2007
I gave this recipe a 5 star rating because of quite a few modifications. Without modifications it gets a 2. First this makes a ton so half the recipe. From there add a teaspoon of paprika along with listed ingredients. Add at least 1 tablespoon of honey more if you like. Add about 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard and instead of almonds add a Tablespoon of poppy seeds. Oh yeah double the curry. I did not add pinapple but i've had chicken salad that way and really liked it. With these changes it will be yummy but it is even better the next day as it says in the recipe. The curry flavor is more pronounced the next day. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/18/2007
I gave this recipe a 5 star rating because of quite a few modifications. Without modifications it gets a 2. First this makes a ton so half the recipe. From there add a teaspoon of paprika along with listed ingredients. Add at least 1 tablespoon of honey more if you like. Add about 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard and instead of almonds add a Tablespoon of poppy seeds. Oh yeah double the curry. I did not add pinapple but i've had chicken salad that way and really liked it. With these changes it will be yummy but it is even better the next day as it says in the recipe. The curry flavor is more pronounced the next day. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
04/25/2006
This recipe makes a TON - I halved everything and it still made a lot. Not sure why I didn't just love it - I love each and every ingredient in it but they just didn't seem to go together well. Maybe it was the dressing. I love curried chicken salad at restaurants too but this wasn't quite the recipe I thought it would be. I even used fresh pineapple to make it extra special. I let it sit overnight and the chicken ended up 'pasty' - the problem got even worse the day after that. Maybe the soy sauce and mayonnaise caused the chicken to break down?? I think I will keep looking. Read More
(13)
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2007
I made this for a baby shower and everyone absolutely raved about it. I did not change a single ingredient (except for using red grapes instead of green) and think this is the way I will make curried chicken salad from now on. I make curried chicken salad every summer and have tried many different recipes but this is by far my favorite! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
10/24/2005
I really wanted to like this because I like curry and chicken together but it was just average and a little bland. It was missing something - salt or some additional spice. I didn't include the celery or pineapple because I don't like them in salads. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/14/2011
Incredible! My kids devoured this quicker than a candy bar! I used fresh pineapple and used the shell as a serving dish (fancy presentation & easy clean up!) I used walnuts as I did not have almonds on hand and it was awesome! I served it with fresh crescent rolls from the bakery so everyone could make their own sandwich. Can't wait to make this for a party! I am addicted! THANK YOU FOR A GREAT RECIPE!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/21/2009
Excellent recipe. Did add a bit of honey as suggested. Used red green and black grapes and bedded it on greens in a trifle bowl. Looked very pretty. cookiegirl Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/11/2010
I thought that this was very good. I think it needs more curry and pineapple though. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2009
I love this salad! I have made it several times and it is one of my new favorites! Its a beautiful presentation and is sure to please. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2009
I personally didn't love this (I was excited to try it but just didn't love the curry flavour as much as I thought I would!) but I think it's a great recipe. give it a shot for a different chicken salad! Read More
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