adapted from Giada DeLaurentiis
I made this DELICIOUS meal for lunch for my husband and I a few days ago and have been meaning to blog about it. This was absolutely, hands down, the BEST curried chicken salad I have ever had! I love watching Giada DeLaurentiis on her show, Everyday Italian. She has such delicate yet appetizing recipes that I felt inspired to make something special for the hubs (ain't he spoiled?).
I perused her site and came across an entry for curried chicken salad. Looked great, but I had neither bread nor mayo on hand. So I made my own. Find the recipe for ciabatta bread on an earlier post. You can use rotisserie chicken from your local supermarket, but since I did not feel like making the 25-mile round trip to the store I just cooked my own. I also did not have mayo on hand, so I found a recipe online and added it to this.
2 organic chicken breasts with rib meat
a pinch of salt
1 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp. ground black pepper
1 tsp. Goya Adobo powder
1/2 cup lemon juice
3 tbsp. oil of vegetable oil
Cut your chicken breast into bite sized pieces and place in a large mixing bowl. Set a large skillet over high heat and pour the vegetable oil in the skillet to warm. Sprinkle all of the dry ingredients over the chicken, then pour the lemon juice and mix well. After the pan is hot, pour the seasoned chicken into the skillet and cover for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium heat and flip the chicken over so both sides are equally browned. Brown as much as your heart desires! Once chicken is cooked (about 10-15 minutes), cover and remove skillet from burner to let cool. Shred with a fork for easier mixing with curry sauce.
1 1/2 tbsp. Jamaican powder curry (this curry is not spicy)
1 1/2 tbsp. freshly squeezed lime juice
2 1/2 tsp. honey
1 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
1/2 cup plus 2 tbsp. mayonnaise
Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl, stirring constantly until all of the curry and ginger powder have mixed thoroughly. Pour over the cooked chicken and mix so that the chicken is evenly coated. Serve the curried chicken on a bed of greens on your bread. I made my ciabatta bread from scratch. We had no bread at home at the time, but I also secretly wanted to make this bread! It was delish!