Cranberries and pear are sweet counterpoints in this tangy curried chicken salad. Toasted sliced almonds add a nutty crunch. Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2009

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Ingredients

Directions

  • Combine yogurt, mayonnaise and curry powder in a large bowl. Add chicken, pear, celery, cranberries and almonds; toss to combine.

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  • Fill each pita half with 1/2 cup chicken salad and 1/4 cup sprouts.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate the salad (Step 1) for up to 2 days.

Tip: If you don't have cooked chicken, poach about 12 ounces chicken breast for this recipe. Place boneless, skinless chicken breast in a medium skillet or saucepan. Add lightly salted water (or chicken broth) to cover and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10 to 15 minutes.

To toast sliced or slivered almonds: Place in a small dry skillet and cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly, until fragrant and lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

352 calories; 9.4 g total fat; 1.5 g saturated fat; 61 mg cholesterol; 324 mg sodium. 438 mg potassium; 42.6 g carbohydrates; 6.3 g fiber; 17 g sugar; 27.4 g protein; 130 IU vitamin a iu; 4 mg vitamin c; 32 mcg folate; 100 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 72 mg magnesium;

Reviews (22)

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22 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 10
  • 4 star values: 10
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 4 stars
01/24/2015
Delicious Vegetarian Version with No Mayo! This recipe sounded so delicious but had to modify it for my vegetarian daughter who despises mayonnaise and the result was fabulous. Here is my version: 1 single serving (5.3 oz) nonfat plain greek yogurt (Chobani) 1 small avocado Splash of lime juice 1 tablespoon (or to taste) curry powder 1 can - 15.5 oz Chickpeas (Goya) drained and rinsed 1 ripe but firm pear diced 1 stalk celery finely diced 1/2 cup dried cranberries (Ocean Spray Reduced Sugar Craisins) 1/4 cup sliced or slivered almonds toasted 4 4- to 5-inch whole-wheat pita breads cut in half 2 cups sprouts First smash the avocado. Add lime juice greek yogurt and curry (I went a little heavier on the curry you decide) and blend well. Add chickpeas pears celery cranberries and almonds. Fold together. Stuff the pita top with sprouts (I think shredded cabbage would be good as well) and enjoy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/11/2015
I also used to plain greek yogurt. What a delicious recipe! Its good even without the pita. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/06/2015
followed recipe with one exception greek plain yogurt.....loved this recipe will add to my go to menu for lunch really good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2014
I just made this and reading all reviews and respecting all that i read as we all have different taste!! i followed it but adding my own twist also i put in a tablespoon of kraft coleslaw dressing one tablesponn to it to sweeten it up and used one granning smith apple for sweet and tartness and i am not a fan of been sprouts i put in one cup of coleslaw for crunch i can not wait to have this for lunch excited!! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
08/12/2014
I just made this and reading all reviews and respecting all that i read as we all have different taste!! i followed it but adding my own twist also i put in a tablespoon of kraft coleslaw dressing one tablesponn to it to sweeten it up and used one granny smith apple for sweet and tartness and i am not a fan of been sprouts i put in one cup of coleslaw for crunch i can not wait to have this for lunch excited!! Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/04/2013
Ugh The yogurt and mayo combination in this recipe absolutely ruined it. We use both often but the two in combination sent it down the drain. Awful! Pros: Ingredients are mostly wonderful Cons: nonfat yogurt low-fat mayo Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/11/2013
Slightly modified the recipe but amazing! I used a heavy hand with the curry powder (after several tastes) substituted toasted pecans for almonds (it's what I had on hand) and put more plain yogurt than mayo (again after tasting). I'm doubling the recipe next time. I may never eat anything different for lunch again!:D Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/09/2013
Extra yogurt I make the same recipe but switch the proportions of yogurt than mayonaise so that it is mainly yogurt. I use full fat greek yogurt. Yummy and a bit healthier! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
02/23/2013
light and yummy Did not have pears so I used pecans and a Gala apple. I also added raisins. My curry unfortunately was too old. It gave the salad a powdery taste. Adding 2 more tablespoons of mayo took care of the problem. I will make this again with new spices and plan to add it to my go-to recipe list. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/08/2013
great lunch I have made this both as written and with the addition of a little bit of fig butter for added sweetness and it's good both ways. This is somewhat similar to a recipe I used to have for curried tuna salad and I think it would also work well with canned tuna if you don't have cooked chicken on hand. Pros: easy filling Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I loved it!!!! I omitted the alfalfa sprouts. After I poached the chicken and mixed the ingredients I warmed everything up on the stove top in a sauce pan or in the microwave and served it over brown rice. I ate the pita with it. I definitely plan on preparing that again!!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yum! I made a couple changes since I didn't have all the ingredients but it still game out great. I didn't add the mayo (due to an egg allergy) I didn't have any alfalfa sprouts and I used a granny smith apple instead of a pear. I also used two celery stalks. BUT it still came out delicious! I'm sure if you use all the ingredients it calls for it will taste even better:) Even my relatively picky 12-year-old brother gobbled this up! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Yum! I love this twist on chicken salad! I didn't have celery or sprouts so I added some shredded carrot...it was great (and makes awesome leftovers!) Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
We loved this one. The curry gives it a nice kick. I didn't think I would like the pear cranberries and almonds as much as I did. Will definitely make this again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
This is SO good! Love the textures and flavors and whole wheat pita gives it just the right way to cut the heat of the curry a bit. Quick & easy. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I don't typically like fruit in my chicken salad but the cranberry in particular gives it a great tartness and compliments the spice of the curry very well. The crunch from the almonds is a wonderful tactile element. Another home run from EatingWell... as usual. This site is doing wonders for my culinary repertoire. I've tried several new (to me) concepts based on recipes I've found here and have saved and/or printed myriad others to try. Thank you for the new obsession! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Delicious taste of the Mediterranean. This is a delicious filler for pita or sandwich bread. I had my roommates try it who don't like curry or fruit in savory dishes and they RAVED about it. Instead of yogurt I substituted a tzatziki sauce and it was so much more flavorful. I HIGHLY recommend this recipe. Pros: Easy to make tasty creative lunch. Cons: Takes longer than 15 minutes. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Very Good Yummmmmyyyyyy Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great twist on chicken salad What a great curry chicken salad recipe with a lot less guilt than others I've made. I used apples and toasted pecans as I did not have pears or almonds. Both added a great crunch and I love adding fruit to savory dishes. I highly recommend! Pros: Easy tasty great leftovers Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Delightful Summer Sandwich Loved this. I added a tsp of turmeric along with curry 1/3 cup of cranberries and bean sprouts which added a wonderful crunch along with the almonds. Next time I think I'll toast the almonds first. Pros: Great use of pantry staples Cons: None Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Great Summer Sandwich I followed the instructions exactly (although I did use light miracle whip instead of light mayo) I really enjoyed this sandwich. Although it filled me up it seems more like a really good lunch recipe than dinner. My only con was the sprouts. I felt like they just didn't blend with the curry. I tried it the second time with romaine lettuce and loved it. The romaine had a more mild flavor that blended much better with the curry. Pros: Texture Flavorful Cons: Sprouts Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Very good! We loved this! I used canned chicken and added diced red onion as well. It was super good and I will definately make this again! Read More