Tropical Chicken Salad Recipe
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Tropical Chicken Salad Recipe

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Over the years my husband and I have moved to different areas, and I've collected recipes from all over the United States. This flavorful salad recipe comes from New York. I've served it for luncheons for many years, and it's one of my husband's very favorites. —Linda Wheatley, Garland, Texas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 10 min. + chilling
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 2 cups cubed cooked chicken
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1 can (20 ounces) chunk pineapple, drained
  • 2 large firm bananas, sliced
  • 1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 cup flaked coconut
  • Salad greens, optional
  • 3/4 cup salted peanuts or cashew halves

Nutritional Facts

1 cup: 610 calories, 45g fat (9g saturated fat), 55mg cholesterol, 363mg sodium, 36g carbohydrate (28g sugars, 4g fiber), 20g protein


  1. Place chicken and celery in a large bowl. Combine mayonnaise and curry powder; add to chicken mixture and mix well. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Before serving, add the pineapple, bananas, oranges and coconut; toss gently. Serve on salad greens if desired. Sprinkle with nuts. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Tropical Chicken Salad in Taste of Home April/May 1994, p25

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 3, 2015

"Great main dish chicken salad. Curry flavor with the fruit really complements each other."

Reviewed Mar. 13, 2014

"Curry is wa-a-ay to overpowering for me, so I left it out."

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2013

"Could you use a different spice than curry. My family does not like curry flavor. Other than that it was very good. I used cashews as some of the members of my family are allergic to peanuts."

Reviewed Jun. 1, 2012

"Nice change for chicken salad - I used half mayo half yogurt and 1tsp curry. Big hit"

Reviewed Apr. 20, 2012

"I make this a couple of times each summer, and it's always a big hit!"

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