Monday, July 13, 2009

Curry Crunch Chicken Salad with Naan

curry crunch chicken salad
Though it could've been one of the hottest weekends in my San Diego memory, we successfully pulled off our move with only a few missing items: hubby's chess pieces, a few towels, and my laptop power cord. Last time we moved, we lost a whole box of Christmas decorations, so I consider this a success! :) I have always been more of a fan of Santa then chess anyway.

I'm loving the new kitchen, though I still feel like a guest in someone else's house. Since we are still in the midst of settling in and getting used to our neighborhood, eating out has become increasingly tempting. A little happy hour here, a few drinks there...Tonight, however, we were determined to cook our first meal, though we knew it had to be an easy one.

I found Rachael Ray's Curry Crunch Chicken Salad to be full of flavor and as I mentioned, very easy to pull together. I poached a few chicken breasts, though in a bind, you could also purchase a rotisserie chicken and shred it. Spiced with cardamom, curry powder, honey and a dash of cinnamon, the chicken salad takes on a uniquely sweet & spiced flavor. Best of all, grapes and toasted almonds add a nice crunch to each bite. Served with warm and toasty naan bread and a few sauteed garlic scallions, you have yourself a full meal.

I hope to have more yummy eats to share this week. Now that I have a gas stove and a Henry's right outside my door, I have no excuses! Have a great week!

Curry Crunch Chicken Salad with Naan
Source: Rachael Ray
1 cup plain Greek style yogurt
juice of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons curry powder
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon tumeric
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
ground cinnamon for sprinkling
2 tablespoons olive oil
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper
3 cups poached chicken, chopped
1 cup red grapes, halved
4 scallions, sliced thinly
1/4 cup slivered almonds, toasted
4 naan breads (I purchased Naan from Trader Joes)

1. In a medium bowl, combine yogurt, lemon juice, curry powder, honey, tumeric and cardamom. Sprinkle with cinnamon to taste and whisk in olive oil. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

2. Add chopped chicken, grapes, scallions and almonds to the dressing and toss to coat. Serve with toasted/warm naan bread.


Emily said...

I love naan! This looks so good. Congrats on your new home.

kat said...

Sounds like a yummy salad. I too lost all my Christmas decorations in a move somewhere. They were all my childhood decorations so it was pretty sad

Unknown said...

that sounds like such a delicious combination!!

grace said...

oh no--not the chess men! :)
awesome salad, although i'm irrationally partial to the naan. all around good stuff, this meal.

BrittWilk said...

mmm... i'm loving chicken salad right now. this looks totally yummy. i have some multigrain naan in my freezer i'm going to have to try this with.

Mila said...

This looks delicious! I will have to try it some time!

The Blonde Duck said...

That sounds good and easy. I shall try!

Sasha said...

Congrats on the successful move and that delicious salad! The things I would do for a new kitchen right now...

I've never heard of naan before.

Kerstin said...

Looks great! I love the naan at TJs too. Congrats on being done with the move!!

La Bella Cooks said...

This sounds really yummy!

Karine said...

This salad looks to be packed of flavors! Thanks for sharing your recipe!

amandalouden said...

This looks great!

Bren said...

i'm having Thai for lunch today b/c of this... yup, sure am. love it.

Unknown said...

as a Brit (so probably unhealth conscious) can I ask why you choose to poach rather than grill the chicken? I was just thinking maybe throwing it on the bbq would make a great outdoor salad too but worried that the softer texture might not work... what do you think?

Sharon said...

Hey P - I think grilled chicken would definitely work. I had thought about doing that but honestly poached the chicken b/c it was easier. Thats the lazy side of me :) I would try to use a thicker chicken breast if you grill it. Hope you enjoy!