Curried Chicken and Pasta Salad

  • Active Time 25m
  • Total Time 25m
  • Rating ****

6 servings

This crowd-pleasing pasta salad is potluck-perfect for barbecue season.


  • 12 ounces large whole-wheat pasta shells
  • 2 tablespoons slivered almonds (1/2 ounce)
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder preferably Madras
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup low-fat plain yogurt or reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mango chutney
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch ground cayenne pepper or to taste
  • 2 cups cooked chicken cut into 1-inch pieces (see Tip)
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/2 cup chopped scallions (4 scallions)
  • 1/2 cup diced celery
  • Salt & freshly ground pepper to taste
  • Tip: To poach chicken breasts: Place boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a medium skillet or saucepan and add lightly salted water to cover; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink in the middle, 10-12 minutes.


Cook the pasta in a large pot of lightly salted water until al dente, about 10 minutes. Drain and rinse. Set aside.

Toast the almonds in a small dry skillet over low heat, stirring constantly, until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to a plate to cool. Return the pan to the stovetop and add the curry powder. Toast, stirring constantly, over low heat until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Transfer to a small bowl; stir in the mayonnaise, yogurt, chutney, turmeric, cinnamon and cayenne pepper.

Combine the chicken, raisins, scallions, celery and the reserved pasta in a large bowl. Add the dressing and toss to coat. Taste and adjust seasonings with salt, pepper and cayenne. Garnish with the toasted almonds.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Publisher. All rights reserved.

RecID 9441

nutrition information per serving

439 calories; 8g total fat; 1g total saturated fat; 41mg cholesterol; 515mg sodium; 69g carbohydrates; 7g fiber; 24g protein

These nutrition facts are calculated according to the ingredients listed in this recipe. Any substitutions will change these facts. Although we strive for accuracy, please note that food manufacturers occasionally change their food formulas, which could affect the calculations as shown.

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