When I think about curried chicken salad…which is not something I think about very often…I always think about when I was around 24 years old, living with two girlfriends in the best neighborhood, eating Whole Foods chicken salad almost every day for lunch. I’m curious how I figured out how to afford the $11.99/pound chicken salad at the time since I was making below poverty line income and had groceries to purchase in hopes of making recipes for you guys. Either way, I made it work. And I ate the sh*t out of curried chicken salad. Until I got food poisoning one day. Then I could barely even look at chicken salad, especially the yellow one. Now that I’m almost past 30 years old, I can finally stand to make it for myself. I’ll probably never purchase it from the store again, but I’m glad it’s back in my life. I almost forgot how much I love curry powder. I’m disappointed in myself.

Speaking of disappointment, can I rant for a hot second? No? Cool. I mentioned last week that we’ve started construction on our bathroom. It’s a pretty big job that will take over a month to get done. Especially now that I’m understanding everything takes forever to get in. Faucets? 6 weeks. Shower door? 6 weeks. Specific tile? 6 weeks. Manufacturers love that 6 week mark. And since I’m doing some shopping around, I continue to push that date further back with my indecision. But I thought this was especially weird – so my plumber recommended a specific company to purchase everything through. They have faucets, sinks, toilets, all that jazz. So I go in, pick the things I like and ask her to send me a quote. She says she doesn’t send the quote to me, she sends it to the plumbers who will then contact me and give me all the information. So I wait for that. Then I find out that the plumbers are going to purchase those items that day, without even telling me what the price is or asking me if they have permission to purchase those items. How sketchy is that?!

So now I’m refusing to even work with that company out of principle. You can’t just purchase everything and plan to install it without my permission. Have you ever heard of this?! They’ve been great plumbers, but WTF? Get outta here, you sketch balls. I already found another company that sent me an entire itemized quote with information on every single piece that I wanted. Why wouldn’t I go through them? I know nothing about construction or renovation, but I know I will absolutely 100% hire an interior designer next time. Sure, it will be a bit expensive, but I’ll still have hair left after the job is done. At this rate, half my hair will be gone in a month. Is it worth a new faucet? Hard to tell at the moment.

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Curried Chicken Salad

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  • Author: juli
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 5-6 1x


  • 1 rotisserie chicken, peeled, diced and cooled
  • 1/2 cup avocado oil mayo*
  • 4 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1/4 cup raisins
  • 1/4 cup cashews, roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • freshly cracked black pepper
  • 3 green onions, diced
  • cilantro to taste, roughly chopped


  1. Place all ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. Mix to combined.
  3. Keep in the fridge to cool and help the flavors meld together!
  4. Serve with almond flour crackers, plantain chips or in a gluten free roll (this one is Against the Grain Gourmet)!


*These measurements are totally up to you. I like my chicken salad pretty creamy. You can always add more or less with these ingredients to fit your preference.

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  1. Austin says:

    That plumbing supply company does sound sketchy! I wouldn’t want to work with them either. Glad you found someone who seems to give a shit about what you want in YOUR bathroom!

    1. juli says:

      me tooooo!

  2. KariVery says:

    I literally cannot even stand the thought of remodeling our house, even though I’m simultaneously obsessed with all of the things I want to re-do – BECAUSE of stories like yours. Yikes. Also I’ve been told by many that you should plan to spend almost double what you think it will cost … what other industry operates like this?? I don’t get it….

    1. juli says:

      i feel like construction is ALWAYS a nightmare. no matter what. and it really is so damn expensive.

  3. KARI WASMUND says:

    A few things- that recipe looks delicious and I’ll be trying it soon. We are building a house and close on it next week. The appraiser forgot to add the fence in so now we have to call another fence company to do the fence. Got their quote today and they totally fucked it up, The went with removing the trees behind our property..Uh..we didn’t ask for that! Needless to say, I lost my shit this afternoon. 10 Days…10 days til we close and I hope I am not in jail from hurting someone!

    1. juli says:

      noooooooo!! what a nightmare. why can’t construction ever go smoothly??

  4. Sarah says:

    What brand curry power do you use?

    1. juli says:

      primal palate!

  5. Kiersten says:

    I’m not a fan of consuming factory meat. If I wanted to buy patured organic chicken breasts, how many lbs do you think would be equivalent to a rotisserie chicken shredded?

    1. juli says:

      not totally sure! maybe 2-3lbs

  6. Danni says:

    Wow, this looks good! I have been making a lot of dinners with rotisserie chicken as it’s easy to prep, so I’m glad I found this recipe. Especially since I don’t use my turmeric powder too much and I have most ingredients. I can’t wait to try it.

    Thanks for sharing.


    1. juli says:

      hope you like it Danni!

  7. Becky says:

    Your recipe looks great as all yours do. I may try it tonight as I love your sense of flavors and have some chicken on hand.
    The whole plumbing industry needs an overhaul! When we were building our home, we had the chance to purchase all the plumbing fixtures at cost through a relative. The plumbers refused to install them unless they could mark them up, on top of their installation charges. Crooks! We did all the work of looking, searching, purchasing and ordering and they mark it all up, wtf! So the only opportunity we had the chance to save money was out the window. How is this acceptable in business? No other contractors do this.

    1. juli says:

      ewwwwwww that’s so gross!! i’m so lucky they didn’t do that to me! they still installed the other items i purchased that they weren’t able to mark up. it really does need an overhaul. it’s such a mess and so fucked up!

  8. Peter Vilkin says:

    When remodeling, always buy all the faucets, plumbing fixtures, tile, cabinets, etc. first, and have them on hand. Only then should you tear out the old stuff and begin. This is the best way to minimize your down time. And thanks for the recipe!

  9. Nova @ The High Strung says:

    Add curry powder to anything and I am a fan! This is perfect for lunches.

  10. Natalie says:

    I’ve always been obsessed with WF curry chicken salad but can never justify spending that much money on it. I made this recipe for meal prep this week and am in love! My fiancee is also thrilled because he’s on the same page as me with chicken salad obsession. We make your jalapeno popper chicken salad all the time and this might give it a run for it’s money! Thanks for sharing 🙂

    1. juli says:

      yay! so glad you liked it Natalie! thanks for trying my recipes!