Wild Mushroom Curried Chicken Salad

This recipe came about by using random ingredients I had on hand... and so not to waste anything, I put everything in a bowl and hoped it would come out delicious. Using some leftover grilled chicken and leftover wild mushroom topping from the recent burger bunday, I made the following chicken salad recipe. It came out flavorful and perfect with pita chips and baby carrots for a light lunch.

Wild Mushroom Curried Chicken Salad
original Joelen recipe

1/2 cup ild mushroom mixture (recipe follows)
1 lb chicken, seasoned, grilled and chopped
1/4 cup finely diced celery
1/4 cup finely diced carrot
1/4 cup finely diced sweet onion
1/4-1/2 cup light mayonnaise to your taste
1 1/2 teaspoons curry powder
1 teaspoon minced garlic
salt & freshly ground pepper to taste

Combine the ingredients above in a large bowl. Cover and chill for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.

Serve in sandwiches or with pita chips as a snack.

Wild Mushroom Mixture
recipe from Bobby Flay's Burger's Fries & Shakes

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
12 oz assorted mushrooms (shiitakes, cremini, chanterelles, lobster, etc)
1 small shallot (or small red onion), finely diced
kosher salt & freshly ground black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat leaf parsley leaves

Heat the olive oil and butter in a large saute pan over high heat until almost smoking. Add the mushrooms and cook, stirring occassionally, until soft, about 5minutes Add the shallot, season with salt and pepper, and cook until the mushrooms are golden brown, about 5 minutes. Stir in the thyme and parsley and transfer to a bowl to cool.