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Pink Peppercorn & Curry Leaf Chicken Salad

Pink Peppercorn & Curry Leaf Chicken Salad
You can use normal finely ground black pepper in this recipe if you choose, however, the chicken salad will not have same the flavor, pink peppercorns are way more subtle than black peppercorns. If you don’t have dried curry leaves for the chicken, you can replace them with four dried bay leaves. It’s not exactly the same flavor, however, it is similar. Allowing the chicken to rest before chopping or shredding it, helps to ensure that the chicken will not immediately absorb all of the mayonnaise and apple cider vinegar. This chicken salad recipe with apples is not drenched with mayonnaise, it’s meant to be very light and refreshing. Add 1/2-cup of roughly chopped pecans to the chicken salad. Serve on a sandwich with Havarti or White Cheddar cheese slices. Try replacing the apples in this recipe with pears. Recipe courtesy of Colleen Delawder, author of Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck Blog.

Submitted by: Colleen from Herndon, Virginia


Featured in this Recipe

Peppercorns, Pink

Pink peppercorns


Jar, 1/2 Cup, 1.3 oz.


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 cups cold water
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon ground pink peppercorns
  • 1/4 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 2 apples, cored & diced

Preparation Instructions:

Crockpot Chicken:

Sauté the curry leaves and olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring often.
Place the chicken in the bottom of a crockpot and then sprinkle it with the whole peppercorns and sea salt.
Cover with water, and then add the curry leaves and remaining olive oil from the skillet the curry leaves were cooked in.
Cook for 4 hours on high.
Remove the chicken from the cooking liquid and discard any peppercorns or curry leaves that may be attached to it. Cover with foil and allow to rest for 30 minutes before chopping or shredding.

Chicken Salad:

In a medium bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, vinegar, ground peppercorns, and salt.
Fold in the diced apples and the chopped or shredded chicken breasts.
Garnish with additional ground pink peppercorns.


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Customer Reviews


I came here after reading a review of a cookbook on Amazon where the reviewer complained that they couldn’t find curry leaves; I wanted to see if I could recommend The Spice House as the place to get them. Interesting that you have this recipe on your site but don’t sell curry leaves!

(My rating has nothing to do with the recipe – I haven’t made it, but the page forces me to rate the recipe before I can submit a comment, so…)

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