Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cold Chicken and Potato Curry Salad

So, my mom was raving about this super easy chicken salad dish about 4 summers ago, and when I asked for the recipe, this is what she gave me over the phone:

Well, except the eggs. I added those.

But seriously?

What kind of directions are these??

That's my mom for you ;)

Anyway, every time I crave this recipe, I use this as the base and make it my own way. 

So, here's my recipe using these silly directions:

I cook two large breasts of chicken, drizzled in olive oil, sprinkled with salt and pepper in a 375 degree oven until done, which takes about 35 to 40 minutes. Then I cut them up into bite size pieces and let cool in a bowl.

Then I add around eight or so tablespoons of mayonnaise, about a tablespoon of curry ( I like curry so usually more), salt and pepper to taste and the juice of half a lemon.

I mix it all up and set it in the fridge.

Then I peel about 4 Idaho potatoes, cut them into bite size pieces and boil them in water for about 15 minutes. Make sure to check them about ten minutes in, because you want them to be soft, but not mushy. Then I drain and set them aside to cool.

Next is the four hard boiled eggs.

I'm assuming you don't need directions for those :p

Look how cool my 1940s egg cutter is though....

Gosh I love it!

Pretty cute, huh?

Next, I mix three of the cut up eggs and the cooked potatoes into the chicken mixture, set a few cut eggs on top for cuteness and cover that puppy up with cling wrap and leave in the fridge until dinner.

Then I serve it on a bed of lettuce when it's time to eat.

Sometimes, I serve hot bread with it, but sometimes not. It really depends on how hot it is in the summer, which is when I usually make this.

It's best to make it ahead, either the day before or the morning of, so that the flavors will meld. Which is actually a bonus during hot days, because you don't have to stand over a hot stove.

Have I mentioned that I don't have central air?



  1. That sounds really good! I love that egg chopper, and I think either my mom or grandma had a yellow bowl like that -- vintage, right?! ;)

  2. This sounds really tasty! You always share tasty looking recipes! I love the vintage egg chopper...cute and functional. Have a happy Friday!

  3. Rue, I can't wait to make this! You know living down here in the Valley, we're going to be 92F tomorrow, I'd die without central air. In the Summer my husband loves for me to make him salads to take to work with him, to cool him off. Thanks for sharing (and tell your mom thank you, too) your recipe! Your vintage egg chopper is too cute!

  4. Love the recipe and that egg cutter is to die for!!

  5. This sounds's hard to imagine how it tastes but that's always the great surprise. I laugh because the recipes I copy can't be deciphered either. Sadly, nothing to leave to my kids. Ha!

    No central air here either, for 30 years!

    Jane xx

  6. I usually put curry powder in my chicken salad (another big curry fan over here, waving her arms) but have never had a chicken salad with eggs and potatoes in it. Great one dish meal! I like the idea of serving it on a bed of greens, especially in the summer.

  7. Love the egg cutter and the recipe! And you might be wrong about directions on those eggs! ;-)

  8. This sounds great and just right for hot, humid summers, which I was I have down here in s.e. FL. My cottage is small and cooled by one room a.c, which does the trick for the whole place. Do you have a.c. at all?

    Your egg cutter is great!

    Happy Spring ~ FlowerLady

    1. I have two roll around units I use. One for downstairs and one for up :)

  9. Good Morning Beautiful Rue!
    This looks so good!! And your mom sounds like such a cutie!
    Now I must make chicken salad this weekend! Yum!
    Love you and thank you for being you - authentic, loving, and just what the world needs now.

  10. Yummy! I love recipes passed down....Your egg cutter is adorable!

  11. That looks amazing, Rue! And yes, I do love your egg cutter, so great.

  12. "Look how cool my 1940s egg cutter is though...."

    have never seen one of these! but how super is that????? :-)

    yummy sounding recipe, even though your Mom's instructions are a bit on the "short" side. -grin-

  13. Potato salad with hard boiled eggs is one of my favorites. Your salad looks yummy, Ru. You are such a good cook. My son was interested in culinary arts at one time, and he used to make us homemade pizza and different things. I bet your kitchen smells of spices and wonderful scents, Ru.

    Have a peaceful weekend.


  14. I want to try sounds good. AND having dyed many eggs with the grands this afternoon, while I sent some home with them I still have a dozen to use in this and that! :)

  15. Wow .... I love your egg cutter !

    Thanks for sharing your moms (and your) recipe.

    All the best Jan

  16. This is one of my favs in the summer too. You have made me hungry now. Love your egg slicer and vintage bowls.
    You always inspire my friend.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Hugs, CM

  17. Never mind looking at the egg cutter, I was looking at the yellow pyrex bowl in the background - hee hee!! xx

  18. That looks and sounds so delicious. I am also a fan or curry in chicken salad. Potatoes, and especially potato salad, are my one weakness. Never thought to put the two together.

  19. I know I've seen vintage egg cutters before but never one like this! And I've never thought about adding potatoes to chicken salad but I'm going to try it. How could it not be good? Chicken salad is one of my favorite foods and I love curry in it!

  20. I'm always looking for chicken salad recipes, and I'm intrigued by the addition of potatoes. What a great idea. Your vintage egg slicer is cute as a button.

  21. I love your egg slicer! Cool beans! I like the ingredient list for that recipe. There's a chicken broccoli casserole I make that uses the mayo, curry and lemon juice as part of the sauce. I got it online years ago. I love that combo of flavors, so I might like your mom's recipe.

  22. I am sort of a nut over chicken salad and did you say Idaho potatoes? Well, you had me completely then-that is my home state and my beloved parents were potato farmers. Can't wait to try it!
    Happy Monday,

  23. Popping by from BJ's (she says "hello" by the way) and I have very much enjoyed my visit. Wonderful kitchen organization and delightful photos of your lovely home. I stopped here to comment because of your vintage egg cutter. It reminds me of my vintage jar opener. I've never found anything that works better.

  24. Sounds yummy. That's the way my grandmother and great-grandmother cooked, no real recipe, just a list of ingredients.. When my great-grandmother was in the nursing home we took her to my grandmother's and watched her make her coconut cake so we could right it down, it includes Crisco about the size of a large egg. LOL. Unfortunately we never got the chance to get her peanut brittle recipe down and I've never found any like hers and she never owned a candy thermometer.
    Hope you are having a wonderful week.

  25. That looks so good! And I will admit, I am smitten with your egg slicer! Never seen one like that. I love the directions - reminds me of my ex-MIL who made the best food and I learned a lot from her - but could never get a measurement from her to save my life! :-) Thanks for sharing.
    Big hug

  26. Thank you everyone! I had no idea my egg slicer would be such a hit lol


  27. Yummy! Looks wonderful! And yes.... I'm just like everyone else... love the slicer! :)


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