Chicken Curry Salad

This is one of my go-to recipes that I’ve had in my recipe file folder (i.e. folder full of magazine clippings, recipe cards, print-outs, etc) since 2006.  It’s based on a curry chicken salad recipe from Health magazine but I’ve altered it quite a bit – I stick to simple.

Most chicken salads are full of mayo–not this one.  The sauce is made from Greek yogurt.  So it’s like a double-punch of protein–chicken and yogurt.  And the curry is not over-powering.  It adds a unique taste.

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Chicken Curry Salad

Ingredients
3-4 chicken breasts, boiled and shredded
2 stalks celery, chopped (leaves removed)
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
2 tsp curry
2 tsp ginger
1 tsp lemon juice
1/4 cup golden raisins (or 1 cup sliced grapes when in season)

Process
1.  Boil the chicken in water; this takes about 10-15 minutes.
2.  Let the chicken cool and shred (easy to do by pulling chicken apart with 2 forks)
3.  Toss the chicken and celery together in a large container
4.  In a separate bowl, combine the yogurt, spices, lemon juice; you may need to add more Greek yogurt if you like very creamy chicken salad
5.  Toss the chicken and celery with the yogurt sauce
6.  Add the raisins and stir until all of the chicken is coated
7.  Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator

This is delicious as a sandwich or on a bed of fresh spinach.  Enjoy!

Later this week I’ll have another recipe that uses up the rest of the bunch of celery you may have on-hand after making the salad.

Celery – thumb’s up or down?  Favorite chicken salad?  Favorite sauce made with Greek yogurt?

Choice Tea

The nice folks at Choice Organic Teas (the first Certified Organic and Fair Trade tea company in the US) reached out and offered to send me some of their tea to try.  I’m not a fan of green tea so I made sure to note my preferences for peppermint, berry, ginger teas.

I was so pleasantly surprised when I received a box of 5 full-size boxes of product to try.

teaI quickly opened each box to try them all–they are delicious!  I am a coffee drinker every morning–I like to have a hot cup first thing in the AM but then I switch to water and tea for the rest of the day.  I’d recently switched to loose leaf tea, thinking it’s a stronger and fresher flavor, so I was excited when I tried the Choice Tea packets because they actually brew a better (and more flavorful) cup of tea than the loose leaf I have on-hand.

I tried these flavors:

Peppermint – Fresh and minty! The only ingredient is or organic peppermint leaf  and it’s a caffeine free tea.

Lemon Lavender Mint – I was very intrigued by this herbal flavor.  I made the mistake of brewing a cup and taking it to-go one night last week when I was going to be driving for about an hour.  This tea is meant to be relaxing…it did the trick.  I was very sleepy after this nice, warm flavor. (caffeine free)

Northwest Blackberry – This is fruity and delicious.  It reminds me of some “Black Forest” berry teas I’ve had in Europe.  (caffeine free)

Wild Forest Black – This is a strong tea.  It was a little too strong for me but if you are mainly a tea drinker and drink it for a bit of caffeine, this would be a good tea for you.  I took this box into work to put in the kitchenette and I’ve seen the supply go down quickly so it looks like others enjoy it!

Ginger – I wasn’t quite sure I’d like this because organic licorice is one of the ingredients and I’m just not a licorice fan.  However, this is very soothing and refreshing.  It’s a bit strong but in a good way– I was able to brew about 4 cups of tea from the one tea bag.

You can buy the teas online or use the store locator to find them in a store near you.

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Just another day as a Duchess – Tea Time! (Source)

Do you have a favorite tea flavor to recommend? Have you ever gone to afternoon tea?

*Thank you to everyone who entered the Road ID giveaway–on Saturday AM I Tweeted the winner–Congratulations to Natalie.