Copycat Trader Joe’s Curried Chicken Salad

Copycat Trader Joe’s White Chicken Deli Salad – an easy lunch recipe that’s healthier than traditional chicken salad.

Curried Chicken Salad - a healthier version of classic chicken salad - perfect for lunches!


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.

Curried Chicken Salad - a healthier version of classic chicken salad - perfect for lunches!


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.

Curried Chicken Salad - a healthier version of classic chicken salad - perfect for lunches!


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.

Curried Chicken Salad - a healthier version of classic chicken salad - perfect for lunches!

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.

  8. Nina Nattiv

    This looks amazing! Any suggestions for a non-dairy alternative to yogurt? I don’t mix meat and dairy. Thanks!

  9. Kathryn Caler

    I had not made poached chicken before, but now it will be a regular. I varied plain water with broth, peppercorns, herbs, and a splash of white wine. The recipe is easy and delicious…good for a weeks worth of lunches (I doubled recipe). Thank you!!


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