Recently I posted a recipe and accompanying ‘how-to’ for peach chutney – with cherries and I mentioned that I would be sharing some recipes for using said chutney. The first is chicken salad. Okay so I just heard a collective “ugh” from those of the male persuasion and an “alright” from most of the women. I fully realize that chicken salad is a woman-thing, like quiche or any tea-time sandwich served with the crusts removed.
But perhaps, just maybe, this chutney will change the most ardent “I don’t eaten chicken salad” manly man. That’s because this chicken salad has a definite “kick” – mostly due to the inclusion of the chutney – and a little because of the addition of Balti seasoning, a great curry seasoning from Penzy’s. Since I consider myself a chicken salad connoisseur of sorts, I am proud of this recipe in all its simplicity. This chicken salad is wonderful scooped onto a bed of lettuce, piled high on crusty, toasted bread or tucked inside a pita pocket.
The chicken I used in this recipe is my tea-brined roasted chicken but another option is deboned, rotisserie chicken purchased from your local market or deli or any roasted chicken, actually. I happened to have some luscious purple grapes in my fruit bin, but any seedless variety will taste great. And while I adore Penzy’s Balti Seasoning you can easily substitute your favorite curry powder.
My experience with this recipe is that the flavors are best after being refrigerated for a few hours. I also prefer my chicken salad slightly chunky but feel free to either mince the chicken or only coarsely chop it, as per your own preference.
Looking for more ways to enjoy that peach chutney? Please stay tuned… I’ve only just begun!
Peachy Curry Chicken Salad with a Kick
2 cups chopped cooked chicken, preferably tea brined
½ cup peach chutney with cherry or your favorite peach chutney
½ scant cup mayonnaise, light or regular
1 tsp. Balti seasoning (or your favorite curry powder to taste)
2 hard cooked eggs, chopped
1/3 cup sliced almonds, lightly toasted
Scant cup of sliced fresh seedless grapes
Mix chicken, chutney, mayo, eggs and seasoning together in a medium mixing bowl. Carefully fold in the almonds and grapes. Cover and refrigerate at least 1 hour for flavors to meld. Season with salt to taste if necessary and serve as a sandwich, with crackers or on your favorite salad greens. Makes 4-6 servings.