Cherry, Chive, and Curry Chicken Salad

Our niece was moving into a new apartment to start her PhD program in Milwaukee, and her folks were coming up to help, along with my favorite mother-in-law.

So; faced with a weekend of family, more than likely tired and hungry from climbing 53 flights of stairs (my sister-in-law counted), I needed plans and backup plans for food.

The Coconut Basil Shrimp and Coconut Rice had been a big hit, but I needed a backup.

Hmmm. Chicken salad?

But… not your everyday chicken salad.

Nope. This needs a little sumpin’ sumpin’ extra, I think.

•3-3/4 oz (half a tub) chive cream cheese
•3/4 cup mayonnaise
•1 tsp curry powder
•1/2 tsp Seasoned Salt
•1/2 tsp black pepper
•1/2 tsp Aleppo pepper
•2 tbsp crushed pineapple

•1 tbsp chopped chives
•3-1/2 cups chopped poached chicken
•1/3 cup dried cherries
•2 tbsp chopped pecans

Beat the cream cheese together with the mayonnaise, curry powder, salt, black and Aleppo pepper, and crushed pineapple until well blended.

Toss the chicken with the chives, dried cherries, and pecans in a large bowl, then add the dressing and toss to coat.

Cover tightly and stash in the fridge until ready to serve.

Makes nice sammiches with crispity bacon and shredded lettuce!

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