After I graduated from college, I moved to Switzerland to work. I was in Geneva doing research for a small NGO that did work with the World Health Organization. It was truly the job of my dreams.
I love Geneva. I loved the culture. I loved the food. I loved everything about the experience. But, it was surprisingly harder than I anticipated, being away from my friends and family. For the first few months, I knew few people outside the other American’s that were staying where I lived and the people I worked with. I was very lonely when I first got there, so I got in the habit of doing small things that made me happy. I often worked late, and since I was living alone, it became habit to buy myself dinner once or twice a week.
Although Geneva has amazing restaurants, it is also incredibly expensive. So, I would search high and low for the best and least expensive dinner I could find. My ride home on the tram and bus each night took me past the main train station. There was a small bakery on the inside that had the most incredible sandwiches. While I tried almost all they had on the menu, the chicken curry salad quickly became my favorite. They served it on a fresh and crunchy baguette with a bit of lettuce.
After my husband and I moved to Iowa, there was a time when I was too lonely and homesick. One night when I was trying to figure out what to make for dinner, the memory of Geneva and the sandwiches popped in my mind. While I hadn’t made chicken curry salad, there had been a few times when I had made chicken salad with my mom. So, using my previous experience and my memory of my Swiss-train-station sandwich, I went to work trying to recreate the chicken curry salad.
Once my husband got a taste of the chicken curry salad, he was hooked. And so, this recipe became a pretty big staple in our house. Like the other recipes I’ve written about in the Kitchen Staples series, chicken curry salad is an easy recipe that takes little time and has a wonderful and delicious result.
Chicken Curry Salad
Makes 3-4 servings
2-3 large chicken breasts, shredded
2-3 stocks of celery, chopped
½ cup chopped sweet red onion
½ cup mayonnaise
½ cup dried cranberries
½ cup golden raisins
1 teaspoon curry
Salt and pepper to taste
A few squirts of siracha
To Make Easy Chicken Curry Salad
Combine all ingredients in bowl and mix well. Add more curry, mayonnaise, or siracha if desired. Serve on good crunchy bread or place on a bed of lettuce for a healthier option.
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