Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad

Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad
Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad

I committed to write a post on re-vamping your left overs into delicious dishes for the Earth Day. I have two demanding kids, a intermittently travelling and workaholic husband and an ever demanding job and not to forget a long commute. Tired already hearing this, no? The point I want to make is –  who would appreciate left overs more than me. I see a fully stacked refrigerator and that makes me happy. So when I saw this opportunity to create something delicious out of left overs, I went back to the refrigerator and found a container of grilled tandoori chicken that we had for dinner over the weekend. I thought of tossing the tandoori chicken with kidney beans and make a delicious Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad. What a wholesome dish!

During summer anything grilled is a staple dinner item in my family. My husband takes over the grill while nursing a glass of scotch (or, two) while we sit on our swing in the backyard and enjoy what he serves us along with the perfect California weather. Juicy and spicy chicken breasts straight out of the grill is something to die for. In fact the chicken tastes better next day. Here is the recipe to the Tandoori Chicken  if you are looking for one.

Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad
Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad

I had fresh English cucumbers in the refrigerator and cans red kidney beans from Trader Joe’s. So I basically sliced and diced everything and tossed them into this spicy, tangy and protein rich Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad. You can dress it up with some Feta cheese to give it a Greek touch or you can also make a dressing out of red wine vinegar, lime and olive oil to kick it up a notch like Emeril says.

The bottom line is, It’s really easy to prepare so you can either pack it for work lunch or use eat it a quick and healthy dinner. And not to forget, its a high protein salad.


2 cans of kidney beans

2 cucumbers, finely diced

2 cups of Tandoori Chicken diced

1/2 cup chopped of cilantro or parsley

Juice of half a lime

2 tbsp olive oil

1-2 tsp of ground cumin

A pinch of salt and pepper to taste

2 to 3 green chilies chopped

Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad
Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad


Rinse the kidney beans well.

In a big bowl and throw in everything and give it a good mix.

And there you have it, your salad is ready!

Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad
Tandoori Chicken and Beans Salad

Author: MyYellowApron

I’m scrappy, weird and goofy. I’m a snob when it comes to a LOT of things.., Mainly – coffee, wine and chocolates. I laugh loud and yell louder. I run fast, but walk slow. I love walking long walks with a hot mug of coffee held tight between my hands. I have lonely eyes and a kind heart. I forgive but rarely forget. I remember the silliest of things and forget important matters. I love to run, read, cook and entertain. I draw inspirations from anything and everything aesthetic. There are numerous people who have and still continue to enrich my life in many good ways. I will remain indebted to them – Always. My dad is my biggest fan when it comes to cooking. I could see his eyes light up every time I serve something. My mom’s agility and affectionate nature that reflects on her food is something I’m still trying to master. Travel fascinates me amongst other things. Leave me in Venice and I would get lost in its timeless beauty – The canals. The piazzas. The art. The espresso. Leave me in NYC and I would tirelessly walk the length and breadth of the city (after all, There is always something open 24 hours a day). Through this blog, I am hoping to bring in my passion and love for a few things – Cooking, Travel, Kids, Coffee, Clothes and in the interim learn more myself. Hope I am able to do justice to my PASSION.

39 thoughts

  1. Oh, this is a nice recipe, I guess I willl do this at home. So easy to do and does not require you to be a pro. haha! Thanks for sharing your recipe.


  2. I am vegan so I don’t eat chicken but there is all kinds of “vegan chicken” I could use. I could try making the vegan version of this salad as the seasoning of the salad sounds tasty.


  3. I just figured out that in my new area where i just moved there is an Indian restaurant that is very good, I was planing to order the same dish today, may be not because the recipe looks very easy to make , thank you for sharing .


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