Ina Garten Curry Chicken Salad (Full Recipe With Tips, Photos & Video)

An Ina Garten curry chicken salad combines juicy chunks of chicken with creamy mayonnaise, tangy chutney and a curry powder kick.

It’s packed with flavour and is super easy to make. Enjoy the crunch of celery, sweetness of raisins and the nutty, salty flavor of roasted cashews. It might become one of your go to chicken salad recipes!

Ina Garten curry chicken salad on a plate

This is a picture of my Ina Garten curry chicken salad.

It took me about 1 hour to make from scratch – starting with raw chicken breast.

It would take less than 1 hour if you already have chicken that is cooked.

Before you skip to the full recipe (down below) I recommend you take a minute and skim through my top 4 chicken salad tips.

They are not a repeat of the instructions.

Just quick tips that will apply to this Ina Garten curry chicken salad and almost any other chicken salad recipe.

If you prefer to watch, I have a 2 minute video below the recipe which walks you through the whole process to make Ina’s curry chicken salad.

My video shows each step and includes the ingredients & instructions.

See how easy it is to recreate and then get into it.

3 Reasons To Make This Ina Garten Curry Chicken Salad Over And Over

1. Its super easy and can be made ahead of time

Making this Ina Garten curried chicken salad is as simple as roasting chicken pieces, mixing a salad dressing and combining the two.

Its super quick and easy.

The dressing can be made while the chicken is roasting.

By time time the chicken is cooked and has had time to cool, you can have everything cleaned up and you’re practically done.

Its even faster if you already have cooked chicken ready, like any roast chicken leftovers from the night before.

You can use leftover chicken however fresh roasted chicken will give you a juicier chicken salad.

The curry powder delivers an exotic taste and the combination of flavors and colors make it a very attractive looking chicken salad recipe.

Because it tastes even better the next day, it makes an Ina Garten curry chicken salad the perfect make ahead salad.

I have made it more than once and its always a hit.

Ina Garten curry chicken salad on a plate with a wine

2. Incredibly versatile

This Barefoot Contessa chicken salad is ideally served cold and is a great option as the weather gets nicer.

It also works well if you need a cool side dish.

It can be eaten on its own as a lunch or can be served as a side to a main meal.

It also goes well in bread as a chicken salad sandwich.

3. Endless variation options

The curry powder is essential to give it the curried chicken salad taste.

Other than that, you can add and change things however you like.

I generally stick to the original recipe and add a sprinkle of sliced fresh chilli peppers to add some extra spice.

Ina Garten curry chicken salad on a fork with cashew and chilli pepper

This curried chicken salad makes my list of the best Ina Garten chicken salad recipes.

I love the curry flavour but if curry’s not your thing there are many other easy chicken salad recipes to choose from.

If you are looking for a more traditional chicken dinner, there are so many amazing and easy chicken dinner recipes to choose from, including some parmesan chicken recipes inspired by Ina Garten.

4 Tips For The Perfect Ina Garten Curry Chicken Salad

Keep the following in mind when you’re making this Ina Garten chicken salad recipe, or any other chicken salad recipe for that matter. 

1. Don’t go too heavy on the dressing

A common mistake people make is adding all of the dressing at once and drowning the salad.

Taste the dressing before adding it to your salad.

Adjust for anything like salt, pepper, curry flavor for example.

Add the dressing gradually, mix and taste as you go until you get the balance you are after.

2. Let the chicken cool completely before adding the dressing

When you add hot or warm chicken to a mayonnaise based dressing, the mayonnaise can lose its thick, whipped consistency and become thin and watery.

This can make your salad sloppy.

If the chicken is too warm it can also cause the other ingredients to lose some of their crunch, like the celery and scallions.

It is best to combine this salad once the chicken is completely cool, or at least close to room temperature.

3. For best results, make it ahead of time

      A hot dish breaks the curry powder down quickly, allowing the flavor to blend intensely and quickly with the other ingredients.

      The curry flavor takes longer to integrate with the other ingredients in a cold dish.

      You can definitely still taste it, but it wont have the same intensity.

      For best results, allow the combined salad to rest for at least an hour.

      You can even make it the day before and let it rest in the refrigerator overnight (see tip 4 for leaving out ingredients which might go soggy).

      Bring it back to room temperature for best results before serving.

      4. Add the cashews (or anything that could go soggy) just before serving

      A good chicken salad needs the right balance of flavors and textures.

      Even if the flavor is good, a salad can be unappealing if the texture isn’t right.

      Ina Garten’s curried chicken salad recipe calls for cashews but you could be adding crispy fried noodles, fresh tomato, or even croutons.

      These elements add a fresh crunch or pop and compliment the soft, tender pieces of chicken.

      Keep any ingredients which are meant to add texture and are likely to go soggy separate and add them just before serving.

        Ina Garten Curry Chicken Salad

        Recipe by Barbara HuntCourse: Ina GartenDifficulty: Easy


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        Savor the rich flavors of our this Ina Garten Curry Chicken Salad, a delightful twist on a classic favorite. Perfect for a refreshing, satisfying meal.


        • 4 pounds of chicken (whole thigh or breast)

        • 2 tablespoons of olive oil

        • 1 cup of mayonnaise

        • ¼ cup of chutney (I used onion chutney)

        • ⅓ cup dry white wine (I like using pinot grigio)

        • 3 tablespoons curry powder

        • 2 celery stalks, chopped

        • 2 scallions, chopped

        • ¼ cup raisins

        • 1 cup of roasted and salted cashew nuts

        • Salt and pepper


        • Preheat your oven to 350f. On a large baking tray lined with aluminium foil, season the chicken with the olive oil, 1 tsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper. Roast the chicken until fully cooked (35 to 40 minutes).cooked chicken thighs on a baking tray
        • Make the dressing while the chicken is roasting. In a large food processor with the steel blade attached, add the mayonnaise, wine, chutney, curry powder, and ½ teaspoon of salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and set processor filled with ingredients
        • Let the cooked chicken cool (20 minutes). Once cooled enough to touch, remove any bones and chop the chicken into medium sized pieces. Roasted chicken chopped into pieces
        • Let the chopped chicken cool completely then combine your salad. In a large bowl, toss the chicken with the curry sauce. Add the celery, scallions and raisins and mix thoroughly.Mixing chicken curry salad ingredients together
        • [Optional] For best results, refrigerate the salad to allow the flavors to meld (1 hour or more).
        • Immediately before serving, add the cashews and mix through. (Save some cashews for garnish for an extra touch)


        • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. Consume within 3 days.

        Ina Garten’s Curried Chicken Recipe Frequently Asked Questions:

        Is Ina Garten’s Curry Chicken Salad Healthy?

        While a typical salad would be considered healthy, Ina’s chicken salad can also be considered relatively healthy. The only aspect that makes the salad less healthier, is the use of mayonnaise. However, as a whole the salad can be considered a great choice for a healthy balanced diet.

        How Do I Store The Leftover Chicken Salad?

        You can either store the salad in the fridge to eat later, or in the freezer for long-term storage.
        If you are using the fridge method, transfer any leftover chicken salad to an air-tight container, and refrigerate immediately. Consume the salad within 3 days.
        If you are freezing it, you can use freezer-friendly containers or even freezer bags. Make sure the bags or containers are tightly sealed. The salad should last in the freezer for up to 2 months.

        How Do I Serve The Chicken Salad?

        The salad is quite filling, so it’s absolutely fine on its own, however, pairing it with a leafy greens, like lettuce can work wonderfully. Additionally, the salad works great as a sandwich filling too!

        Barbara Hunt


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