About this recipe:This tried and tested curried chicken salad with cashew nuts and raisins will be a hit at your next summer casual dining event, family picnic or lazy lunch. Chicken seems to be in its element when combined with curried mayonnaise, cashews and raisins; be prepared for guest applause. This is a pretty standard coronation chicken dish, similar to that created in 1953 for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. Show your friends and family why this is a dish of royal proportions. And don't forget the thick, soft bread for the next day leftovers - sandwiches are an essential part of this creation!
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Method Prep:15min › Ready in:15min
In a large mixing bowl, combine the chopped chicken breast, celery, raisins and cashew nuts.
In a separate bowl, mix together the mayonnaise and the curry powder, adding a little curry powder at a time and taste testing as you go along. When desired taste is achieved, add the minced garlic and lemon juice. Mix well.
Add the curried mayonnaise mixture to the chopped chicken mixture and mix well, making sure that the chicken is well coated. Season to taste. Garnish with a sprig of fresh basil.
I like to use chicken breast that has been cooked on the barbecue, as I think it adds a lovely flavour.
How much curry powder to use will be very much to taste, and will vary depending on the brand and heat level, so when adding it to the mayonnaise, keep taste testing until desired flavour is achieved. If you are making the day ahead, you can use a little less powder as the flavours will develop overnight.
This is the most authentic recipe I have found. Having attended a Coronation Party at the age of 10, I remember how delicious it was and it would have been simple with not many fancy ingredients as we were only just coming out of rationing, I can hightly recommend it. - 13 Aug 2014