Friday, June 25, 2010

Curried "Chicken" Salad

Back in the meat eating days, curried chicken salad was a family favorite.  I've made it many times with different substitutes - tofu, garbanzo beans etc but made one the other night that was really quite good.  I'd picked up a veggie chicken product at Safeway on a whim one day.  I rarely shop at Safeway but this caught my eye so I figured we'd give it a try.  It's Gardein brand - I bought the "chik'n filets" (I hate these made up names but whatever).

 I've made basically the same recipe for years - substituting or omitting depending on what I have on hand.

Curried Chicken Salad

1 package of veggie chicken (I used 7 oz pkg) or protein of your choice (tofu, tempeh, garbanzos)
1 1/2 cups halved seedless red grapes
1 can sliced water chestnuts, slivered
sliced green onion to taste (I used finely diced red onion this time)
1/3 cup toasted slivered almonds
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup hot mango chutney
1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
salt and pepper to taste
Pan fry the veg chicken until browned, cool and then dice. Combine the mayo, chutney, curry and S&P to make dressing.  Combine the chicken with the grapes, water chestnuts, onion and almonds.  Mix dressing into salad and chill to allow the flavors to combine.  You can add in celery, raisins, sliced olives, mango, apple etc.  

I think next time I make this I will double the recipe.  There were three of us and we finished this easily - it would have been nice to have some leftovers.   It was a great summery dinner.  Of course now we are back to Junetober weather so it may be a few days before we are ready for salad again! 


Vic Robinson said...

Gardien is actually a very good brand! I love them and this recipe looks fantastic!

Guinnah said...

HayMarket have you tried any of their other products? I was pretty pleased with this one. This would work well with vegenaise (I use smart balance fat free mayo so it's not exactly the "real thing" either!). The hot mango was pretty spicy but I liked it!