Curried Chicken Salad and Teaching the New Roomie to Boil Water

Monday, April 7, 2008

So breaking in the new kitchen with the new roommate has been interesting. The boy is apparently helpless when it comes to feeding himself. How bad is it, you may ask?

Well... "Hey Garrett, how do you hard boil an egg?"

*insert long and awkward pause*

So we've slowly started his education. I gave him my ancient Four Ingredient Cookbook, and told him to pick out a few recipes that he wanted to do. We would cook them together and slowly go over the basics. He has also been assigned homework in the form of watching a lot of the cooking programs on Food Network.

How do people go through life without these basic skills? I mean this was someone lost on how to BOIL WATER.

Heaven help us...

Anyways, I did start him out with something easy using a few ingredients we had lying about the house. Now, I don't really have a recipe for this per se', just feel it out. It's a simple chicken salad, but much healthier than than the average chicken salad. Pumped with grapes and almonds, using fresh yogurt instead of mayo, and with a Hindu kick of curry and cumin it's a satisfying lunch to be sure.

I used the leftovers of a rotisserie chicken I picked up at the store. I love those things, they're zero work and you always have tasty leftovers for simples meals like this.

Curried Chicken Salad
What You'll Need...
About 3 cups of torn-up, bite sized pieces of a roast chicken
2 cups of red seedless grapes
3/4 cup of slivered almonds
3/4 cup of yogurt
1/2 tablespoon of curry powder
1/2 teaspoon of cumin
salt and pepper

What You'll Do...
Combine in a bowl. Adjust seasonings to taste. Serve and enjoy. Should serve 2 as a large meal, four as a side dish.


  1. I wish that I had to watch Food Network for homework!

  2. Sounds yummy, so simple and quick. I always love your recipes.

  3. Hi Garrett!
    I have awarded you with the E award! Check out my post, and click on the award to get the badge! :)

  4. At least he didn't try making a hard boiled egg in the microwave. Seriously, great chicken salad recipe. I think I can make a version for my lunch today.

  5. I am in the process of teaching my husband the basics of cooking as well. I'm trying hard to not just shove him out of the way and do it myself!
    The curried chicken salad looks nice. I'm putting the recipe away for a warm summer picnic day.

  6. I love a chicken salad with leftover rotisserie chicken.

  7. Glad to hear that your new living space isn't as bad as you thought. unbelievable that your new housemate can't boil an egg unsupervised! Good thing you are there for the rescue!

  8. Thank you so much for suggesting yogurt in place of mayo!! I will try as soon as I pick some up.

  9. not so much a Hindu kick as an Indian one. (sorry...this is probably really obnoxious, and i'm not normally one to be at all PC, but we indians that are not hindu love cumin, too!)
    but i'm definitely going to be making this when i go home (dorm life not really conducive, sadly). theres this gourmet sandwich place in my town that makes the best chicken salad croissant sandwiches, and i think i'm going to make my own, with your recipe. word. :)

  10. Hi! I'm Beth, I stumbled upon you from an old post on Karina's Kitchen.

    I just wanted to say that this salad looks divine. I never would have thought to use yogurt, but will definitely have to try it. :) I love curry.

    Also, I sympathize with you, all my darling can do is boil water, and he fears gas stoves (he's convinced that he will die because of one one day...). If I hadn't been there last summer, I think that he would have tried to survive on PB&J and boxed macaroni and cheese with hot dogs.

  11. I just discovered your blog, and I'm looking forward to reading more when I'm not goofing off at work.

    I can boil water, but barely ;) Actually, I can make about five things quite well. But anyway, I feel your roommate is lucky to have you. It's so much more fun to learn with someone than to just read recipes. I'm fortunate to have some very patient, very skilled cooks in my life who are teaching me too.

  12. Great east recipe Garrett!! I had everything in the house and just made it! Love the addition of the much better than the celery stand by.

  13. sorry about the spelling mistake, a lot of the time I surf while bottle feeding my 4 month old so one had typing is all I have.
    Feel free not to post this :)


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