Recipe: Trader Joe’s Curry Chicken Salad (Copycat Recipe)

Poultry Recipes

By: Chris Freytag, CPT

If you’ve ever had Trader Joe’s curry chicken salad, you know it’s cool, creamy goodness makes it a fan favorite. And now we’ve made the perfect copycat recipe that you can make yourself!

This copycat to Trader Joe’s curry chicken salad recipe uses a Greek yogurt-based dressing that lightens the salad up and is full of delicious ingredients. This salad will be guaranteed a spot on your family’s weekly menu.

Plus, this recipe is super quick to make and gets better as it sits in the fridge. This curried chicken salad makes for a great meal prep recipe to make on Sunday and then take for an easy, light and flavorful lunch all week long.

Eat this salad on top of greens, in a sandwich or as is!

Try even more delicious salads by exploring my favorite healthy salad recipes that work for any meal!


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    How To Poach Chicken For Chicken Salad

    If you don’t have any leftover cooked chicken around, poaching chicken couldn’t be easier. Here’s how to poach chicken:

    1. Heat a large pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.
    2. Add raw chicken breast and simmer for 5-8 minutes until chicken reaches 165 degrees.
    3. Remove to a cutting board and allow to rest 10 minutes. Cut into cubes and refrigerate until ready to use. OR shred it using this chicken shredder which has become my favorite kitchen tool.

    Reasons To Love Our Copycat Trader Joe’s Curry Chicken Salad

    • Fewer calories because of the substitution of yogurt for mayo!
    • You have the control here to make this much lighter, so choose your ingredients as you please – choose celery instead of carrots, cilantro instead of green onion or whatever you prefer!
    • Curry powder has so many health benefits!

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    A white plate on a blue and white towel with our copycat recipe for curry chicken salad

    Total Time: 5 minutes

    Yield: 4 serving(s)


    • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped or shredded
    • 1/2 cup whole milk Greek yogurt
    • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 2 teaspoons mustard
    • 2 teaspoons honey
    • 1/2 tablespoon yellow curry powder
    • 1/2 cup raw cashews
    • 1/2 cup no sugar added raisins
    • 1 cup grated carrot
    • 3 green onions, chopped


    1. Combine yogurt with lemon juice, mustard, honey and curry powder.
    2. Gently toss chicken in until coated.
    3. Add cashews, raisins, grated carrot and green onion. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer to allow flavors to develop and combine.

    Nutrition Information Per Serving

    Calories: 314

    Protein: 26 gram(s)

    Fat: 11 gram(s)

    Carbohydrates: 28 gram(s)

    Fiber: 3 gram(s)

    Sugar: 15 gram(s)

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