Saturday, January 17, 2009

Curried Chicken Salad Wraps

When I was in college, my roommate and I quickly learned that the food at the graduate school cafeterias was much better than our dorm food. So we'd go to the medical school sometimes, but most of the time we chose to eat at the School of Management because of its proximity to us.

Every day for lunch, they'd offer a different kind of wrap, made to order. One of my favorites was an Indian inspired wrap - it had curried chicken in it, rice, and some type of chutney.

When I saw this recipe from Cooking Light, I was reminded of the wraps that I had grown to love in college, and thought I could adapt this recipe to replicate them. I really can't remember if there were grapes or apples in them, but I just used apples because that's what I had on hand. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised with how well these turned out. They weren't exactly like what I remember, but they're pretty close.

So, if you're looking for a quick dinner idea, or something different to pack for lunch during the week, give these wraps a try.

Curried Chicken Salad Wraps
adapted from Cooking Light

click here for printable recipe

6 tablespoons reduced-fat mayonnaise
1/2 teaspoon grated orange rind
1 1/2 teaspoons orange juice
1 teaspoon curry powder
1/2 teaspoon grated peeled fresh ginger
2 1/2 cups diced roasted skinless, boneless chicken breasts (about 3/4 pound) (I used 1 pound and it yield 2 cups)
3/4 cup seedless green grapes, halved (I used diced apples)
1/4 cup diced dried apricots (I used 5 pieces)
1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions (I used finely diced red onions)
2 tablespoons chopped unsalted cashews (I don't like nuts so I omitted these)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (I used 1 tsp dried parsley)
4 (6-inch) naan breads (I used flour tortillas but if you want a good naan recipe, click here)
3 cups trimmed watercress (I omitted this but would like to use it next time)
4 tbsp chutney (I used Hot Peach & Apple Chutney)
1 cup cooked rice (basmati would be best but you can use white rice too)

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Add chicken and next 5 ingredients (through parsley) to mayonnaise mixture, tossing to coat.

Heat naan according to the package directions, if desired.

Spread 1 tablespoon of chutney across one side of your naan/tortilla. Layer on about 1/4 cup cooked rice. Spoon about 3/4 cup chicken mixture onto each naan (or tortilla). Top with 3/4 cup watercress; fold over (or roll up wrap tightly if using tortillas. Cut diagonally in half.)

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 sandwich/wrap)


  1. My husband looked over my shoulder and said "So when are you making me those?" Looks like I have a request so I better get to it!

  2. Jaime, this looks so perfect for sunday lunch. Mouth watering photographs too.

  3. I like almost anything with curry ant those wraps look really tasty!

  4. These look so tasty! What a great combination of flavors!

  5. what an interesting recipe ! The wrap lookd delicious, Nice way of serving wraps,

  6. Jamie, these sound really good! I love the photo also!

  7. These look really good! For some reason I never think to make chicken salad, I definitely need to remedy that.

  8. Great photos and I love curry!!

  9. I always forget to have wraps as an option to lunch. I love Indian flavorings. So good!

  10. I like curried anything and those wraps look brilliant.

  11. How funny! I have actually been thinking about curried chicken salad this weekend to put on a sandwich. This looks tasty, sorry it wasn't exactly what you remember though!

  12. that's a long list of good ingredients! i'm especially partial to your chutney (and i'd have to use the cashews--i crave a crunch). :)

  13. I'm always in search of a great chicken salad recipe - looks fabulous!

  14. Mmm . . . one of my favorite things at a local restaurant is mango curried chicken salad. I bet I could sub. mango for the apricots and it would be similar to that dish. Thanks for sharing!

  15. What a great idea - I am usually lazy with sandwiches and just make the same old combos - thanks for a new one!

  16. You had me with the apples Jaime, that sounds so good !

  17. I think I'd go only with the apples, too. Adds a nice crunch I bet.

  18. These curried chicken salad wraps sound so tasty!

  19. I don't eat wraps too often, but had a crazy craving for one today, but I didn't want the usual wrap. Your recipe caught my eye after a few hours of searching, I know I'm crazy! Can't believe your college made wraps similar to these, they just look too delicious for cafeteria food.

    Can't wait to try these,

    Christine M.