Curried Chicken Salad with Watercress

Giveaway, Healthy Eating, Lunch, Main Dish Salads, Poultry | 59 comments

And the winners are in! Congratulations to Kristen, Natalie, Trisha, Kristen, Megan, Ashley, Moxie Pear, Tara, Kristine, and Sues @ WeAreNotMartha. I have emailed you with instructions on how to claim your prize.

I was recently asked if I’d like to try the Tyson Frozen, Grilled & Ready Chicken Strips. While I don’t normally buy these types of convenience foods, this was a product I was interested in testing out. I’ve seen these strips at Costco and wondered if they were worth the price.

Sometimes we all need a couple shortcuts and I’ve definitely had my share of scrambling to get a meal on the table. And I’m always trying to get the kids to taste new foods. I thought this would be easy and less waste for them because I could take out just 1 or 2 strips and not have to cook a whole piece of chicken. They are precooked, so I could pop them in the microwave for a couple minutes. It’s really hard for me to put a lot of effort into preparing a new food for them when I’m not sure if they’ll even eat it. So, this works for that.


It turns out it was a nice alternative for me when making lunches as well. I have always had a hard time with lunches since I became a mom. I’m not one to eat mac n cheese or peanut butter (or in our case almond) and jelly every day. I still want a good meal, but I just can’t spend a lot of time or make a big huge mess. These strips worked out great for a quicker chicken salad and also for tossing in a tortilla with a few veggies for a taco lunch. I probably wouldn’t serve these on their own for a meal I would eat, but mixed in with other ingredients you can’t even tell it’s frozen food.

My one nitpick is that they are labeled “grilled,” but most of the pieces didn’t have grill marks at all. They are also a little pricey and a convenience food, so it’s definitely something I’d look for a sale or coupon on before buying and I’d limit my use of them to occasionally vs. relying on them. Speaking of coupons, I have 10 coupons for a free bag of chicken to give away in case you want to try them too.


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Curried Chicken Salad with Watercress

adapted from CookingLight

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2 cups chicken , chopped (i.e. Tyson Frozen, Grilled & Ready Chicken Strips)
1/4 cup sour cream
1/4 cup mayo
1/2 teaspoon orange zest
1 teaspoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
salt and pepper, to taste
2/3 cup celery, diced
1/4 cup green onion
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 1/2 cup gala apple, chopped
3 cups trimmed watercress
2 tablespoons sunflower seeds
1/3 cup golden raisins
4 pocket-less pita bread


Prepare chicken strips according to package directions. When heated through chop into 1/2-3/4 inch cubes. Set aside to cool.

In a medium sized bowl, combine the sour cream through salt and pepper. Stir to combine. Next, prepare the celery, onion, parsley, and apple according to recipe ingredients. Add the celery, onion, parsley, and 1 cup of the apple to the sour cream mixture. Stir.

When the chicken has cooled, add it to the sour cream mixture and stir to combine. If eating immediately, toss with the watercress before dividing the salad among the pita bread. (If not, toss only the portion you will be eating with a portion of the watercress and proceed.) Divide mixture evenly among the 4 pita breads. Sprinkle each with the leftover apple, the sunflower seeds, and the raisins. Enjoy immediately.

Though Collective Bias & Tyson provided me with a $50 gift card and 10 free product coupons for this campaign, the opinions expressed in this post are my own.

Katie Goodman

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Katie’s lifelong interest in cooking good food has shown her that part of the goodness in life is enjoying delicious food with friends and family. She is: Mom. Writer. Photographer. Recipe Developer. Website Founder. Lover of all things good in life. A mix of great recipes, family memories, and yummy photography is what Katie serves up each week at GoodLife Eats™. Katie and her family reside in Colorado.

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  • 1
    carrie d'way - March 12, 2010 @ 12:04 am

    this chicken salad looks so yummy! thanks!!


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    Ashley - March 12, 2010 @ 12:07 am

    Yummy! It looks so good! I love the addition of the apple!


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    Jenn in GA - March 12, 2010 @ 12:12 am

    we eat a lot of chicken in our neck of the woods, which is home to a tyson processing plant, and FREE chicken would really be great. thanks for the review.


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    Zee - March 12, 2010 @ 12:26 am

    That salad looks tasty. Lunch is always hard for me too. Those chicken strips would make it easy if I remember that I have them in the freezer.


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    abby o - March 12, 2010 @ 12:46 am

    That chicken salad looks amazing, and I gotta admit even though I'm usually too cheap to buy those chicken strips I've been tempted several times by the convenience. I'd love to give them a try. Thanks for the chance to do it for free!


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    Jessica @ How Sweet - March 12, 2010 @ 2:14 am

    That looks delish! I have never made anything with curry – I know…it's a sun.


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    Maria - March 12, 2010 @ 2:56 am

    Love your photos! Josh is a chicken fan so the coupons would come in handy:)


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    Sandy - March 12, 2010 @ 3:12 am

    I love the combination of chicken and raisins and sunflower seeds. Sounds and looks delish!


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    Andrew and Brianna - March 12, 2010 @ 3:46 am

    I have wanted to try them, but I wasn't sure how they would taste. That salad looks so good. Thanks!


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    Anonymous - March 12, 2010 @ 4:26 am

    This salad looks delicious. You know I love your recipes


  • 11
    Anonymous - March 12, 2010 @ 4:29 am

    Another recipe that I just have to try. I'm sure it is delicious.


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    Jenny - March 12, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    looks so yummy, so glad I found your blog, it's my new favorite for recipes, only probably I want to try all of them! :)


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    grace - March 12, 2010 @ 12:49 pm

    raisins, apples, and orange juice, oh my! what a great salad–superb way to prepare that chicken!


  • 14
    Anonymous - March 12, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    Triciat.oshea@yahoo.comI've often looked at these at Costco as well, but have never bought them. With four young kids at home, I'd love to try them!


  • 15
    Anonymous - March 12, 2010 @ 1:57 pm

    Debistarzboutique@yahoo.comTyson Chicken is a life saver! Always looking to find new things to do with Chicken!


  • 16
    Jenny - March 12, 2010 @ 2:14 pm

    I love trying new products. Your chicken salad looks great. I'd love to have some for lunch.


  • 17
    Kristen - March 12, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    That first picture looks straight out of a magazine, Katie! Gorgeous!


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    Angela @ Savvy Mom Finds - March 12, 2010 @ 2:36 pm

    I love!!! curried chicken salad. I will definitely be trying this recipe.


  • 19
    Kristine - March 12, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    Always love your recipes and your photos! I'd love to try some chicken! :)


  • 20
    Erin H. - March 12, 2010 @ 2:59 pm

    Sounds delish!


  • 21
    Sarah - March 12, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    I'd love to try this recipe & the chicken!


  • 22
    gina g - March 12, 2010 @ 3:22 pm

    This would be great to win!


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    feedingthebirds - March 12, 2010 @ 3:50 pm

    What a lovely looking salad!


  • 24
    Tara - March 12, 2010 @ 4:12 pm

    Very yumm!tarapwin@


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    Liliputian - March 12, 2010 @ 4:18 pm

    I would love to try this recipe. Please enter meLen


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    Judy - March 12, 2010 @ 4:33 pm

    please enter me! thanks


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    Xue - March 12, 2010 @ 5:10 pm



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    The Double Dipped Life - March 12, 2010 @ 6:03 pm

    I would love to try these! I can use them in all sorts of Mexican dishes and salads.


  • 29
    Trisha - March 12, 2010 @ 6:34 pm

    This was a yummy dish!


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    Lue H - March 12, 2010 @ 8:12 pm

    My husband and I are truckers and find it difficult to have good meals on the road. We like to heat the strips in the microwave and add them to a bag salad. I then add fresh grapes or strawberries, top with raspberry vineagrette dressing and pecans. My husband likes the strips on flour tortillas with a touch of ranch dressing. If I have bread or pitas, we can have a hot sandwich. Thanks for your recipes, ideas and inspiration. On the road,Lue


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    Andrea - March 12, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

    I think chicken is my most favorite meala10small at hotmail dot comandrea


  • 32
    Evangeline - March 12, 2010 @ 10:18 pm

    Mmmm–now I am hungry for chicken. These precooked strips would be the perfect lunch food!


  • 33
    Sarah - March 12, 2010 @ 11:04 pm

    Those would be so great once I am cooking for one when my husband leaves with the military.


  • 34
    StephanieC - March 13, 2010 @ 1:41 am

    Yes please! Stephanie


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    StephanieC - March 13, 2010 @ 1:42 am

    I subscribed via RSS feed.


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    Jamie - March 13, 2010 @ 5:29 pm

    This salad sounds really tasty! I have never tried this Tyson product before, but sounds like a great option for a quick weekday meal.


  • 38
    Heidi - March 14, 2010 @ 5:28 am

    I love your recipes! I've always wanted to try those as well, I just can't justify paying for them.


  • 39
    Moxie Pear - March 14, 2010 @ 5:30 am

    Your food always makes me so hungry, it all just looks so yummy. You inspire me to cook (and I hate cooking)!


  • 40
    Joann - March 14, 2010 @ 2:43 pm

    love chicken!


  • 41
    Tracey - March 14, 2010 @ 3:12 pm

    That looks so good!


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    Meal Makeover Mom Janice - March 15, 2010 @ 1:19 pm

    My high school aged daughter loves chicken caesar salad in her lunchbox so this product would be fun to try. Love the chicken salad recipe!


  • 43
    Stephanie - March 15, 2010 @ 3:59 pm

    I tried the cooking light version of this chicken salad and LOVED it! It's my standard go-to now, with whatever fruit/nuts/dried fruit I happen to have on hand!


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    erin - March 15, 2010 @ 7:14 pm

    i've been meaning to try this stuff, too!i haven't been brave enough, especially with a picky husband who turns his nose up at most frozen food… :) thanks, what a great giveaway!


  • 45
    James - March 15, 2010 @ 7:55 pm

    Great chicken salad


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    Amy from She Wears Many Hats - March 15, 2010 @ 9:52 pm

    Great looking salad – makes me hungry!


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    Kristen - March 16, 2010 @ 1:17 am

    First of all, your photos are amazing. Seriously amazing. Secondly, your recipes are pretty darn good too. So far I have tried your delicious chocolate chip cookies and the Indian Butter Chicken. My husband adored both. Thanks!!!This looks really yummy. Might have to try it this week. jandkmcgee AT gmail DOT com


  • 48
    Allen Family - March 16, 2010 @ 2:39 pm

    Wow! What a great salad! Looks like a fun giveaway.


  • 49
    Arlee - March 16, 2010 @ 7:02 pm

    Looks great! I love your recipes (already have you in my RSS feed, so I can't score the extra chance to win). Can't wait to try it.


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    megan - March 16, 2010 @ 7:35 pm

    I'm not a huge curry fan, but I love chicken salad! I make mine with cucumber, craisins, walnuts, mayonnaise, and white wine vinegar. It's so good!


  • 51
    Traci - March 16, 2010 @ 7:37 pm

    I just ate lunch, but you made me hungry again! Now I'm thinking dinner. Thanks so much for the giveaway too.


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    Natalie - March 16, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    Such lovely photos. And I would love a free bag of chicken. Score!


  • 53
    Kelly - March 16, 2010 @ 11:18 pm

    Ahhh this would be perfect for days when I have class from 9:30-3:15 and I don't have a lot of time to pack a lunch!


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    Maris - March 17, 2010 @ 5:52 pm

    I agree that some shortcuts are totally worth it. I sometimes buy precooked grilled chicken strips from Whole Foods salad bar – that way I can just get the portion I need and they're not $12.


  • 55
    Liz - March 17, 2010 @ 6:42 pm

    I've been wanting to make a curried chicken salad for a while–maybe this is the hint that now is the time!


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    We Are Not Martha - March 17, 2010 @ 8:25 pm

    I agree! I don't usually buy these products, but for lunches, I think they're pretty fabulous. Grill marks would be nice though! The curried chicken salad looks delicious :) Sues


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    Mike & Caroline K. - March 19, 2010 @ 12:18 am

    Made it and it is really good. I could not find/did not know about the frozen ones you were talking about, but I got some Tyson grilled chicken strips in the deli meat section. They were actually pretty good – although I am sure more expensive. Keep the curry recipes coming…no one in Utah seems to like Curry, but we do!


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    Megan - March 19, 2010 @ 12:25 am

    I've seen these but thought them too expensive to try. Thank you for your comments, I'll try them when I find a good coupon & sale.


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    Liza Cardona - March 22, 2010 @ 1:02 pm

    I wan to try the recipe too :)


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