Curried Chicken Salad

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From Scratch: 10 Meals, 175 Recipes, and Dozens of Techniques You Will Use Over and Over

By Michael Ruhlman

Published 2019

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If you’re looking for dynamic flavors and a vividly colored chicken salad, this is the one I would choose. I love curry generally, and it works beautifully with chicken. It also gives me an excuse to fry papadums, which offer the perfect crunch for the soft chicken salad.


  • 1 tablespoon minced shallot
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or more to taste
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Combine the shallot, lemon juice, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper in a large mixing bowl and let sit for at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour. Add the mayonnaise and stir to combine. Add the curry powder, cumin, turmeric, and cayenne and mix until everything is uniformly combined. Fold in the chicken and celery. Taste and season with more lemon juice, salt, and pepper as needed. Add more mayon