A Friendly Lunch

My friend, Jill, lives right near by and happens to be a wonderful cook. I stopped over to visit with her for a while the other day and we collaborated to make quite a fun lunch.

I brought along my homemade peach jam and suggested we eat it with a French baguette and some nice sharp cheddar cheese. I also brought the rest of my apricot pie for us to indulge in after lunch.

Jill made a curry chicken salad that we ate over lettuce. I was delighted with this recipe and amazed at how simple and delicious it was. She said that her mom made up the recipe and taught her how to make it. I told her I would need to post it on my blog ASAP. She graciously gave me permission:

Curry Chicken Salad
~This is great on a sandwich or on its own over lettuce~
  • The white meat of 1 rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1 carrot, sliced into thin ribbons (I used a vegetable peeler)
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • approx. 1/2 cup of light mayonnaise (it was about two good scoops out of the jar)
  • the juice from 1/2 of a lemon
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins (I love these, so I put a lot in)
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1/4 cup sliced almonds (I actually didn't have these on hand when I made it today, so I left them out...but they taste great in it, if you have some)
  1. Combine the shredded chicken, carrot, honey, mayonnaise, lemon juice, golden raisins, curry powder, and almonds in a medium sized bowl. Stir until well combined. Serve over lettuce or on a sandwich. Store in the refrigerator.
It comes together so easily and tastes so great...I'm sure that I am going to be making this recipe quite a bit for my packed lunches when school starts up. Thank you, Jill!


  1. I'm not a mayo fan, what would you think of using yogurt instead of mayo? Would it work?

  2. That's an interesting idea...I think the best thing to do would be to try it. It seems to me that plain yogurt would work as it has a similar texture and very little flavor. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out!

  3. I think I remember that in Indian cooking (curry) there is frequent use of yogurt-plain yogurt- for the creamy-base-hold it all together goo. :) I'll let you know how it turns out!
    (By the way, I only posted anonymous becuase I have no clue what all those other options are... I couldn't find one that would let me just put my email address of name-I'm so behind in the tech/blogosphere)

  4. Anonymous,
    I believe all you do is pick the option "Name/URL" and you can put in your name and email address. If you'd like, you can email me at cookingwithaplan@gmail.com

    Thanks for stopping by!