Copycat Trader Joe’s Curried Chicken Salad

Copycat Trader Joe’s White Chicken Deli Salad. Ohmygeeerd!

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Copycat Trader Joe's Curried White Chicken Deli Salad

Holy braciole, this stuff is good!

Do you ever wish you could just eat other people’s food? I mean…I do. Can we talk about it?

Periodically, I go through spurts of time that I get a little womp womp over my cooking steez, and need to take breaks to replenish the ol’ creativity tank. Recipe Development Burnout doesn’t happen to me frequently, but I when it does, I look to other bloggers, cookbooks, and/or restaurants to fuel my inspiration. Enter: copycat recipes. Enter: Trader Joe’s. Enter: the best chicken salad you will ever eat.

Copycat Trader Joe's Curried White Chicken Deli Salad

Whenever I go to Trader Joe’s, I make a beeline for their Curried White Chicken Deli Salad. I’d be lying if I said I don’t scarf the whole container in one sitting each and every time. It just goes down that easy. The last time I mowed through my coveted salad, I inspected the carton for ingredients and it dawned on me that I should 200% make that stuff at home. And so I did. And so I have a new obsession.

Copycat Trader Joe's Curried White Chicken Deli Salad

Chicken, raisins, carrots, green onion, and cashews make up this salad. I used a combo of yogurt and mayo for the dressing to lighten it up a bit and keep things real fresco.

If you want to be a genius, you’ll quadruple the recipe because there’s just no way it will last the night. The next time I make this, I’m going to shred the chicken so that the salad is easier to stick on bread for a chicken salad sandwich. If you’re looking for a quick and easy lunch recipe that you can prepare ahead of time and take to work, you just found it!

This times infinity.

Copycat Trader Joe's Curried White Chicken Deli Salad

Copycat Trader Joe’s Curried Chicken Salad

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 23 minutes
Author: Julia


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts poached for 3 to 8 minutes
  • ¼ cup whole milk Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • ½ cup raw cashews
  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1 cup grated carrot


  1. Heat a large pot of water and bring it to a full boil. Add the raw chicken breasts and reduce heat slightly. Cook for 5 to 8 minutes (depending on thickness of chicken), or until chicken is cooked through. Place chicken on a cutting board, chop into cubes, and allow it to cool.
  2. Whisk together the yogurt, mayo, lemon juice, mustard, maple syrup, and curry powder until well-combined.
  3. Add the green onion, cashews, raisins, and grated carrot to a large mixing bowl, along with the cooled chopped chicken. Pour the curry dressing over everything and mix well until everything is coated.
  4. Eat in abundance!

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  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I was just thinking that I need to go out to eat soon to help spark the old think tank. That’s probably my favorite way to draw new inspiration.

    I’ve never tried a Trader Joes salad but I’m confident that your version is 100x better. It looks so fresh and flavorful!

  2. May Bingham

    Thank you for the TJ’s copycat recipe. I live in Atlanta and I love their Curried Chicken Salad. Not to be rude, but I make my own CCS occasionally and I add dried cranberries and apple plus some chopped pecans to mine ant it is delicious that way… otherwise my ingredients are almost identical to the TJ version.

  3. Shae

    *Read while eating a Trader Joe’s Curried Chicken Salad sandwich at work*

    Love this! On my drive home from picking up this salad last night I was thinking about making it myself. You cut out some ingredients I didn’t like in it! Love how you lightened it up with yogurt too.

    Shae at

  4. Liz @ Floating Kitchen

    This is one of my favorite things at TJ’s! Also, wanting to eat other peoples food is like the story of my life. I mean, all I do is look at other food bloggers recipes all day long. So yeah, can I come and live with you for a while…please!!!

  5. Joanne

    I like to think of eating other people’s food as “research”…so it’s still somehow helping the blog…in fact, it’s pretty much NECESSARY!

  6. Jennifer Robins

    I absolutely love that salad! Made it once at home, and it turned out well. I’ve got to try this recipe, it sounds yummy 🙂

  7. Scott Paro

    I attended a party in Victoria, BC the other night and everyone brought a dish. One of them was a curried chicken and kale salad. I could get enough of it! After a bit of a Google search I came across your site and copy cat recipe. Now I am going to be a “copy copy cat recipe”. Thank you for sharing I can’t wait to get at it tomorrow afternoon.

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