This Healthy Curry Chicken Salad With Apples makes a few simple swaps to turn a traditionally unhealthy dish into something both tasty and good for you!
Typically, curried chicken salad is very high in fat. Much like a classic tuna salad (or any other type of chicken salad), it’s usually dressed in a heavy slathering of mayonnaise, or a combination of sour cream and mayonnaise.
But by swapping in plain Greek yogurt and a touch of tahini for the dressing, I lighten up this recipe significantly and give it even more protein!
Chicken breast, the primary ingredient in this chicken salad, is a nutritional powerhouse. It’s almost pure protein with very little fat. This is why it’s the basis of most fitness diets. You can combine chicken breast with an almost endless variety of other ingredients and end up with a balanced and nutritional meal.
This healthy curry chicken salad with apples is also loaded with other healthy ingredients, such as celery (a great source of folate, potassium, and dietary fiber), apple (also high in fiber as well as antioxidants) and cashews (high in Vitamins E & K, zinc and magnesium.)
When you’re looking for a quick and satisfying dish that’s both delicious and good for you, this healthy take on traditional curry chicken salad is just what you need!
How to make healthy curry chicken salad
This recipe comes together with just a few simple steps. You’ll have a delicious, nutritious salad on your hands in less than 20 minutes!
Step 1: Combine yogurt, tahini, curry powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
Step 2: Add chicken, apple, celery, green onions and cashews. Stir to combine.
Step 3: This salad can be served on its own, as a sandwich, or in a scooped out papaya to give it even more of a tropical feel!
Easy and healthy chicken salad
I love how this recipe comes together in no time at all.
You will need grilled chicken breasts, which you can either cook right before putting together the salad or a day or two before (you can use my method for cooking the perfect chicken breast).
Besides that, there is no other cooking involved!
The flavors of this dish complement each other perfectly. The spice from the curry powder balances the sweetness of the apple and the crunch of the celery and cashew nuts, while the chicken adds a savory component that keeps you full and satisfied.
Once mixed, the chicken salad will stay fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
It’s a quick and easy meal to whip up and bring to work for lunch, pack for a picnic, or, if you want to get really fancy, serve as a light meal in a scooped out half of a papaya.
It’s hearty, portable, healthy, and filling. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Other healthy chicken recipes
Looking for a few other ways to incorporate delicious, healthy chicken into your menu? Here at Diabetes Strong, we’ve got PLENTY of those to share! Here are a few recipes I know you’ll enjoy:
You can also check out this roundup of 12 healthy diabetic chicken recipes for even more food inspiration!
When you’ve tried this dish, please don’t forget to let me know how you liked it and rate the recipe in the comments below!
Healthy Curried Chicken Salad With Apples
- 1 lbs. cooked chicken breast, (diced)
- 1 Granny Smith apple, (diced)
- 2 celery stalks, (diced)
- 2 green onions, (diced)
- ½ cup cashews, (chopped)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (non-fat or regular)
- 1 tbsp. tahini
- 4 tsp. curry powder
- 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
- Combine yogurt, tahini, curry powder, and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.
- Add chicken, apple, celery, green onions and cashews. Stir to combine.
- This salad can be served on its own, as a sandwich, or in a scooped out papaya to give it even more of a tropical feel.