Ruth’s Curry Chicken Salad

adapted from a handwritten original recipe by Ruth Apeseche


  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 1 ½ – 2 lbs boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into small, thin strips
    1 large Vidalia onion, finely chopped
    2 t. curry powder for the chicken (or more, if you like it hotter)
    2 t. curry powder for yogurt sauce (or more, if you like it hotter)
    ¼ c. olive oil
    4 c. cooked Basmatic rice (4 cups AFTER it has been cooked, not 4 c. dry rice)
    1 10oz. package petite frozen peas, thawed (not cooked!)
    ½ c. golden raisins
    1/3 c. unsalted peanuts, toasted
    1/3 c. sweetened shredded coconut
    ¼ c. sliced scallions
    ¼ c. mayonnaise
    1 c. full-fat Greek yogurt, well stirred
    ¼ c. light cream


    1. Saute the chicken strips in olive oil with the chopped onion and 2 t. curry powder. When chicken is fully cooked through, set aside and let cool.
    2. Cook basmati rice according to package directions.
    *You can prepare up to this point one day ahead of time*
    3. In a large bowl place the basmati rice, cooked chicken, cooked onion, scallions, peanuts, coconut, raisins and peas. Combine well with your hands or a large wooden spoon.
    4. In a separate bowl, whisk together mayonnaise, yogurt, cream and remaining 2 t. of curry powder. Add more curry if you want the salad hotter.
    5. Pour sauce over salad, mix the salad with your hands, or wooden spoon, until well-incorporated.
    6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

    Naptime Notes

    Naptime Recipe Serving ideas

    Chicken salad is easily one of the most popular dishes at summer picnics, and this one is top notch. Feel free to play with the ingredients depending on your tastes, like any good salad recipe, this one is flexible.

    Naptime Stopwatch

    The preparation of the salad takes half of my daughter’s naptime, which, in my opinion, is an hour well spent. The enormous amount this recipe yields is more than enough to feed the family for at least two days.

    Naptime Reviews

    Both adults and children alike love to eat this salad. Sometimes the kids prefer it without the peanuts and raisins, so I just pick them out. Also, this dish is completely gluten-free if that is a concern in your household.

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