Monday, February 15, 2010

Curry un-chicken salad with a side of M.I.A.

Craving chicken salad, but not the chicken part of the equation, I decided to make a few changes to an 'un-chicken' salad idea I got from a friend last year. I love the idea of chicken salad...if I could take away the chicken and the mayo. I don't care how disguised the mayo taste is, I can always taste it, and it is a huge turn-off. When recipes call for mayo, I will replace it with sour cream, or plain Greek yogurt. Chicken is one meat, I will never eat so for the chicken in this recipe, I used mashed chick peas, and honestly, it is difficult to tell the difference, but at least you know your beans never had wings!

I decided to put an Indian twist to it, which automatically puts M.I.A. tunes in my head, such as "Paper Planes" from Slumdog Millionaire. Though she has lots of fun music that precedes this great film.

This receipt has a yummy mixture of sweet and savory with a crunch. I enjoyed mine on a toasted piece of Udi's bread.


2 cans of chick peas, drained and rinsed
1/2 cup chopped celery
2 cups seedless grapes


1 cup sour cream or plain greek yogurt, or a mixture of the two
1 tablespoon wheat-free soy sauce
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoon curry powder
1 tablespoon mango chutney (I use Patak....all of their products are gluten-free!)

- First, prepare the dressing by combing all ingredients and setting aside

- For the "chicken", place the drained and rinsed chick peas in a large mixing bowl and use a potato masher to mash down. This can take some muscle, and can also be achieved by a few pulses in a blender or food processor, but then you take away the work-out and have more things to clean

- Mix in the grapes and celery

- Stir in the dressing and combine well

You can serve this as a sandwich, or just start eating it up with a spoon. Enjoy!


  1. I am a chicken salad eater, but this un-chicken salad sounds very tempting. I like to use crackers as my dipping tool. I'm going to try this one out, thanks!

  2. Of course, you can also do it with chicken ;) I like using tortillas chips sometimes as well!

  3. this recipe sounds and looks incredible! i'm going to have to give it a try for sure.