Mimi's Curried Hawaiian Chicken Salad Recipe - Allrecipes.com
Mimi's Curried Hawaiian Chicken Salad Recipe
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Mimi's Curried Hawaiian Chicken Salad

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"My mother Joyce, who my children call 'Mimi,' is a great Southern cook and has many legendary recipes. This is one of her crowd pleasers. She's been making this very traditional 'lady-like' chicken salad for as long as I can remember. It's best the day after making, and is colorful and fragrant and perfect for a summer supper -- or a ladies' luncheon!"

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Original recipe makes 15 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    45 mins

    45 mins


  1. Place chicken in a large pot of lightly salted water, and bring to a boil; simmer until tender and cooked through, about 25 minutes. Drain, set aside. When cool enough to handle, chop coarsely, and place into a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, stir together mayonnaise, curry powder, lemon juice, and soy sauce.
  3. Stir into the chopped chicken 2 1/4 cups of the toasted almonds. Stir in grapes, celery, water chestnuts, and pineapple. Gently fold in all but 1/2 cup of the dressing. Cover, and refrigerate salad and reserved dressing for several hours (or overnight).
  4. Before serving, adjust dressing to taste, and garnish with paprika and remaining 1/4 cup almonds.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Feb 18, 2007

I gave this recipe a 5 star rating because of quite a few modifications. Without modifications, it gets a 2. First, this makes a ton so half the recipe. From there, add a teaspoon of paprika along with listed ingredients. Add at least 1 tablespoon of honey, more if you like. Add about 1 teaspoon of yellow mustard, and instead of almonds, add a Tablespoon of poppy seeds. Oh yeah, double the curry. I did not add pinapple, but i've had chicken salad that way and really liked it. With these changes it will be yummy, but it is even better the next day as it says in the recipe. The curry flavor is more pronounced the next day.

Most Helpful Critical Review
Apr 25, 2006

This recipe makes a TON - I halved everything, and it still made a lot. Not sure why I didn't just love it - I love each and every ingredient in it, but they just didn't seem to go together well. Maybe it was the dressing. I love curried chicken salad at restaurants, too, but this wasn't quite the recipe I thought it would be. I even used fresh pineapple to make it extra special. I let it sit overnight, and the chicken ended up 'pasty' - the problem got even worse the day after that. Maybe the soy sauce and mayonnaise caused the chicken to break down?? I think I will keep looking.

Jul 01, 2007

I made this for a baby shower and everyone absolutely raved about it. I did not change a single ingredient (except for using red grapes instead of green) and think this is the way I will make curried chicken salad from now on. I make curried chicken salad every summer and have tried many different recipes but this is by far my favorite!

Oct 24, 2005

I really wanted to like this, because I like curry and chicken together, but it was just average and a little bland. It was missing something - salt or some additional spice. I didn't include the celery or pineapple because I don't like them in salads.

Mar 14, 2011

Incredible! My kids devoured this quicker than a candy bar! I used fresh pineapple and used the shell as a serving dish (fancy presentation & easy clean up!) I used walnuts as I did not have almonds on hand and it was awesome! I served it with fresh crescent rolls from the bakery so everyone could make their own sandwich. Can't wait to make this for a party! I am addicted! THANK YOU FOR A GREAT RECIPE!!!

Jul 21, 2009

Excellent recipe. Did add a bit of honey as suggested. Used red, green and black grapes and bedded it on greens in a trifle bowl. Looked very pretty. cookiegirl

May 11, 2010

I thought that this was very good. I think it needs more curry and pineapple though.

Oct 22, 2009

I love this salad! I have made it several times, and it is one of my new favorites! Its a beautiful presentation and is sure to please.


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  • Calories
  • 588 kcal
  • 29%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 19.3 g
  • 6%
  • Cholesterol
  • 71 mg
  • 24%
  • Fat
  • 45.7 g
  • 70%
  • Fiber
  • 3.4 g
  • 13%
  • Protein
  • 26.8 g
  • 54%
  • Sodium
  • 389 mg
  • 16%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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