Today I am sharing my very favorite go-to chicken salad recipe. This gluten free curry chicken salad with grapes recipe is a take from a chicken salad I bought at Whole Foods many years ago. This salad makes the perfect gluten free curry chicken salad sandwich!!

A chicken salad sandwich on a plate.

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I discovered this Whole Foods curry chicken salad many years ago while living in Austin, Texas. I worked near a Whole Foods Market, and this was a salad they often had in their prepared meal section. It was the perfect lunch on the go.

This chicken salad recipe hits all of the criteria on my list: it is quick and easy to make, made with wholesome ingredients, and tastes great. This gluten free chicken salad is one of the best chicken salad recipes!

If you love chicken as much as we do, don’t forget to check out my best gluten free chicken recipes!

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Why This Recipe Is Great:

  • Portable: Take this delicious curry chicken salad to cookouts, picnics, and potlucks. It is delicious, packed in a lunchbox!
  • Flavorful: Curry chicken salad has a unique and delicious, slightly sweet flavor that combines curry’s warm, aromatic spices with tender, juicy chicken and grapes.
  • Versatile: Curry chicken salad can be enjoyed in many different ways – on its own as a main dish, in a sandwich or wrap, or as a side dish with gluten free crackers or bread.
  • Easy to make: My curry chicken salad is relatively easy to make and can be prepared in advance, making it a convenient option for busy individuals or families. You can make it in under 15 minutes.
  • Allergy Friendly: This gluten free chicken salad can be made dairy-free using plant-based mayonnaise.

Ingredient Notes:

A photo of all ingredients in the chicken salad recipe.
  • Chicken – Grill chicken breasts or use leftover grilled chicken or uncooked chicken. If you made my grandma’s homemade chicken soup, you could use some leftover chicken from this soup.
  • Grapes – I like to use black or purple grapes, but any color of grapes will taste great.
  • Cucumber – I used Persian cucumbers, but regular cucumbers also work well.
  • Scallions –
  • Mayonnaise – You can use regular or vegan mayo.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar – This adds a nice tangy flavor to the salad.
  • Pecans – Use raw, unsalted pecans.
  • Curry Powder
  • Salt and Pepper to taste.


  • Substitute red onion for the scallions.
  • Use a different type of nuts.
  • You can also add raisins for additional sweetness.
  • Add other vegetables like diced celery and carrots.

Recipe Step-By-Step Directions:

A mixing bowl with the curry chicken salad ingredients.

Step 1: Place the chicken on a cutting board and shred or cube the cooked chicken. You want the pieces to be bite-sized.

Add the chicken, black grapes, pecans, and scallions to a large mixing bowl.

The curry salad chicken ingredients with mayonnaise. It is ready to be mixed.

Step 2: Add the mayonnaise (or vegan mayonnaise), curry powder, and salt/pepper to the bowl. Mix well until all of the ingredients are coated.

🔑 Sandi says: Make sure your chicken is cooled before adding the curry dressing.

The mixed curry chicken salad in the bowl.

Step 3: Your salad is ready for eating, but for best results, I recommend refrigerating the salad for 15-30 minutes so the flavors absorb into the chicken.

Tips and Recipe FAQ:

Can you omit the curry powder?

You can omit the curry powder in this recipe. If you do, you will want to add celery salt or something to give it additional flavor.

Can you make this curry chicken salad ahead?

You can easily make this chicken salad a few days before your picnic or another event.

Can you freeze chicken salad?

I would not freeze this chicken salad because it will make the consistency and flavor off, but you can freeze the chopped chicken, scallions, and grapes and then add the dressing when you defrost it.

You may also love using this Sous Vide Chicken Thighs to make this salad.


Store this chicken salad in an airtight container. This is important to prevent your salad from drying out. This chicken salad will stay fresh in your refrigerator for 3-4 days.

Chicken curry salad in a jar with sliced bread.
Pack it for lunch in your lunchbox!

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A chicken salad sandwich on a plate.

Quick and Easy Curry Chicken Salad Recipe

Sandi Gaertner
An easy curry chicken salad recipe that is perfect for sandwiches or salad.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course Gluten Free Salad Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 sandwiches
Calories 410 kcal


  • 2 chicken breasts * see note
  • 1 cup grapes cut in half
  • 2 Persian cucumbers chopped
  • 2 scallions or onions
  • ¼ cup raw pecans
  • ½ cup mayonnaise or mayo substitute
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • Salt to taste


  • Fill a medium-sized pot halfway with water and add chicken breasts.
  • Bring to boil and cook chicken until done about 10-15 minutes. (You can cut into the chicken to make sure it is done in the middle.
  • When the chicken has cooled down, cut into bite-sized pieces and allow it to cool.
  • Chop all vegetables and grapes.
  • Put all vegetables, grapes, spices, and chicken into a large bowl.
  • In a small bowl, mix mayo, vinegar, and spices. Mix well.
  • Add dressing to the large bowl ingredients and toss to coat.
  • Serve chilled


  1. I use chicken breasts in my recipe but feel free to use another cut of chicken or use leftover chicken. You can also use leftover chicken.
  2. Use green or purple grapes.
  3. This chicken salad will keep up to 4 days in an airtight container.


Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.


Serving: 1gCalories: 410kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 26gFat: 29gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 84mgSodium: 314mgPotassium: 750mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 253IUVitamin C: 9mgCalcium: 44mgIron: 1mg
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This post was updated from an older January 2020 post with more recipe details.

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  1. This looks like a really yummy twist on chicken salad. I have been all about the curry lately too. It’s honestly a flavor I haven’t given much thought to in general, but lately, that seems to be all my pregnant body wants!