Curry chicken salad. It's packed with spice and crunch and creaminess. It's one of my favorite quick dinner fixins. Not just any old chicken salad. You'll want this one over and over again.
Today is all about building bridges. And getting over them.
I'm not sure how to start today’s story so I apologize for any lacking continuity ahead of time.
About a year ago, I received a Facebook message from someone using the pseudonym of a comic book character (clever right, yeah, I know...). It turned out to be an ex-boyfriend seeking out forgiveness for his behavior. This next statement is going to sound harsh, but I really didn't feel anything. No flaming anger, no relief, no gratefulness that he was suddenly aware of his previous behavior. Nothing. Heck, I didn't even feel he owed me an apology.
Even though he made sure to text me an image of himself (yes, one of those images). To which I replied that he looked liked he had been missing a few meals and that I was headed home to my boyfriend. I reiterated the words 'my boyfriend' several times throughout our brief talk.
I asked how his family was and got the run down on that and what was going on in his life. But I hung up and felt nothing. No rekindled friendship, no hint of any emotion what so ever.
Well, apparently that wasn't mutual because today, I received another message from that same comic character pseudonym that was scathing. Telling me that his whole family hated me and I am the devil. Which contradicted everything he said a year ago, but whatever.
Once again though, I felt nothing. No need to reply or defend myself. No need to be sad. Just nothing. I do though, feel sad for him. Whatever it is he is going through he is clearly in need for some help. I'm just not the person to give it to him.
By the way, the icing on the cake (or why so many of you are wondering how I could possibly be so mean)... We were 12 and 13 when this 'relationship' took place. junior high school, people, over a decade ago!
So my answer to him (and one of my many trademarked sayings) is, "build a bridge - and get over it."
Curry chicken salad is the closest thing I can think of as far as devilish food goes. It is so good but it can't possibly be good for you, all slathered in mayo. I dress my curry chicken salad light and pack it with extras, but really, it can't be good for you.
Quick Dinner Fixins: Curry Chicken Salad
Inspired by The Kitchenarian
- 1 ½ pounds cooked chicken, shredded
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- ½ cup sour cream
- 2 teas curry powder
- ¼ teas ground ginger
- 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
- 1 teaspoon organic honey
- ½ medium red onion, finely diced
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- ½ stalk celery, diced
- ½ an apple, chopped (I used granny smith)
- ½ a carrot, grated
- S&P to taste
Combine mayonnaise, sour cream, curry powder, ginger, lime and honey. Test to see if the flavors are to your liking. Adjust if needed. Add the chicken, onion, cranberries, celery, apple, and carrot. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with a hearty bread or with crackers.
Hell, grab a fork and dig in if you are feeling indulgent. 😀
Oh, that chicken salad sounds wonderful. Sounds like you handled the troubled ex just right, Kita...
I was just thinking about making this chicken salad this week. I love the ingredients that you added to it especially the dried cranberries and carrots.
You are right, it may not be good for you, but it sure is good!
Blog is the New Black says
OMG... why is a bf from junior high resurfacing after so many years?! Too funny!
Dulce Dough says
Good for you for not giving him the reaction he wanted! Be happy your relationship didn't go beyond junior high!
Kate @ Diethood.com says
Junior high and he's still calling... the song in my head now is, "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole. You probably fed him this awesome chicken salad sandwich and the guy can't forget you! 🙂
Ah yes, love those out-of-the-blue Facebook messages from old acquaintances and exes. It's almost always guaranteed to be drama. 😛
(Mine involves an old high school crush who emailed me after 10 years, looking to "rekindle the flame" and conveniently forgetting to mention he was married, both in his message and on his profile. Ew.)
Anyway, good on you for not getting sucked into the drama, and good on you for making such an awesome-looking chicken salad. I refuse to believe anything stuffed with so many delicious things could possibly be bad for me.
Dionne Baldwin says
You must be a very special devil for him to want you back so bad! I like that saying I may just use it at home from time to time (giving proper credit of course.)
Curry chicken salad?? It can't get much better than that! This is a good idea! I hope for your sake there was leftovers to take for lunch...
I hope you are having a good day.
Fresh and Foodie says
What a weirdo! So long ago! He's clearly obsessed with you.
Speaking of obsessed, I love chicken salad but rarely make it for the reasons you mentioned above. But I really think I'm going to have to make yours. I love the curry and apples. It looks great.
Mary at n00bcakes says
Wow, quite a bizarre story. O.o At least you got a solid blog post out of it. ^_^
Tasty looking recipe, thanks for sharing!
Gosh, that's incredible after all those years! One special lady. He's seeing too many of your fabulous blog posts, I'm sure...
sounds delish! i'm going to try making this with tempeh instead of chicken for a vegetarian option. saving the recipe to for safekeeping
Belinda @zomppa says
I love all sorts of chicken salad. Oh, gosh, what did he want? Well, guess he now knows where you are in your life! =)
Hey, you grew up, he didn't. Bridge crossed. Period. Good for you! Now that is a good lunch for me ... maybe brunch. Yum!
Too funny (and a little creepy) 😉 I second Kate's comment!
Christina @ Sweet Pea's Kitchen says
I have not had chicken salad in forever! I love the curry addition...i will have to give this a try! Yum! 🙂
Amy Bakes Everything says
curry and apples sounds so amazing! My chicken salad is just mayo and relish - my mom's recipe. I totally need to up my game! Great job - and old boyfriends who use an alias to ask for forgiveness are just cray-cray.
Chef Dennis says
that is one outstanding looking sandwich....its a wow in my book! Curried chicken salad is a nice change, and you made it look so appealing it would be hard not to love the sandwich, even if the devil made it....lol...people crack me up, like you said either build a bridge and get over it of start swimming cause your drowning in self pity!
I can understand why you feel nothing, thats probably the healthiest feeling to have.
So I'm sorry to hear about your old "friend". Isn't it funny the things that people hold on to? But I'm very glad that you shared this sandwich with me! It looks delicious. Thank you for sharing and for the kind words you left on my own blog. I hope you have a restful Sunday full of love and laughter!
Sabrina Modelle says
This looks fantastic. A devilish chicken salad is a much better option than an old boyfriend masquerading as a comic book character, if you ask me. Yum (to the chicken salad, not the old BF)!
Wow your curry chicken salad looks really fresh and delicious. The pictures are so amazing, too 🙂
I love your saying about the bridge. Also the XBF sounds rather unstable. Haha and alittle desperate. Id say you handled him perfectly, not feeding into his emotions. On another note this looks fantastically delicious and I now know what to use my left over chicken for dindin;) chicken salad, hell yeah.
Nice use of curry. This looks like a great twist on the usual chicken salad. 🙂
The Mom Chef ~ Taking on Magazines One Recipe at a Time says
That chicken salad is a full meal, that's for sure. I love the use of the curry and all the vegetables that are added to the party.