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Curried Chicken Salad with Garam Masala Biscuits
© Rob Howard

Curried Chicken Salad with Garam Masala Biscuits

  • ACTIVE: 30 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 1 HR
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Garam masala is an Indian spice mix that can include up to 12 different ingredients, such as cinnamon, clove, cardamom, cumin and fennel. Carrie Dove uses the blend to give flaky biscuits a complex flavor and mild heat, then fills the biscuits with a curried chicken salad that contains grapes, pistachios and cilantro.

  1. 1 carrot, coarsely chopped
  2. 1 onion, coarsely chopped
  3. 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  4. 1 bay leaf
  5. 4 pounds chicken breast halves, on the bone, with skin
  6. 1 cup mayonnaise, plus more for spreading
  7. 1 tablespoon curry powder
  8. 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  9. 3 cups red grapes (about 14 ounces), halved
  10. 2 celery ribs, preferably from the heart, finely diced
  11. 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
  12. 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, toasted (see Note)
  13. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  14. Garam Masala Biscuits
  1. Fill a large pot with 3 quarts of water. Add the carrot, onion, peppercorns and bay leaf and bring to a simmer. Add the chicken and simmer over moderate heat until cooked through, about 30 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and refrigerate until cool enough to handle. Reserve the broth for another use.
  2. Discard all of the chicken skin. Remove the meat from the bones and cut it into 1/2-inch pieces.
  3. In a medium bowl, mix the 1 cup of mayonnaise with the curry powder and lime juice. Stir in the chicken pieces, grapes, celery, cilantro and pistachios and season with salt and pepper. Serve the chicken salad with the Garam Masala Biscuits on the side. Alternatively, split the biscuits in half and spread them lightly with mayonnaise. Mound the chicken salad on the bottom halves and close the sandwiches. Serve right away.
Make Ahead The chicken salad can be refrigerated overnight. Add the grapes and pistachios shortly before serving. Notes To toast the pistachios, spread them in a pie plate and bake at 350° for 5 minutes.

For a deeper curry flavor, add a tablespoon or two of curry powder or garam masala to the chicken poaching liquid in Step 1. For a shortcut, skip step 1 altogether and start with a plain rotisserie chicken from the market.

Suggested Pairing

The warm days and cool, foggy nights of the Russian River Valley are a large part of what makes its Pinots so rich in flavor yet also so elegant. The vibrant flavor and firm structure complement this curried chicken salad.