This recipe came from a friend back in the 1980's when curried chicken salad was popular and "trendy". I remember teaching both my mother and grandmother how to make it and we ate it all summer long.
Recently, I watched Ina Garten update her version with mango chutney and decided to re-vamp mine. I make my own mango chutney every summer and the recipe is on this site under "Mama's Mango Chutney". I'm down to one jar before I need to buy mangoes for a new batch of chutney.
Despite the corny name, this is great to take on picnics. I cook my rice in homemade chicken stock and poach the chicken in water and Meyer lemon juice. One cup of raw rice yields four cups of cooked rice. - Lizthechef —Lizthechef
Test Kitchen Notes
Lizthechef's chicken salad is packed with flavor and really lives up to its name. The spices and chutney provide a nice background flavor, with bursts of crunch and sweet from the celery and grapes. The scallion and lemon add a layer of brightness. I used brown basmati rice, and cooked 1 cup which yielded slightly more than 2 cups of rice. I ended up with approximately equal portions of rice and chicken, it was a good balance. To account for using less rice, I scaled back on the other ingredients by about 1/3. A half cup mayo was all I felt it needed and so I'd recommend starting with less mayo than the recipe calls for and adding more to taste. We ate some of the salad on top of salad greens with the cashews sprinkled on top, and some between split and toasted focaccia bread with the cashews mixed in. Either way is great -- this chicken salad definitely deserves a place in your next picnic basket! - hardlikearmour —hardlikearmour