Bombay Chicken Salad

Let me tell you why you'll never see me on an episode of TLC's Extreme Couponing.

Because my brain is too slow.  That's why.

When Babies R Us tells me they can price-match an item in the store that I found cheaper online but they can't apply my 15% off coupon to said price-matched item, but they CAN apply my 10% registry close-out discount, I just stand there, mouth open, like whaaaaa?

Because all the while they're explaining this to me my brain is thinking about the 20% off coupon that I also have that doesn't appear to work in conjuction with my 10% registry close-out discount, and also doesn't apply to any of the major brands that I would want to use it for.  I am convinced they want you to give up and just pay full price for everything.

I had to wonder: what's the most efficient way to purchase everything we still needed - in one transaction per Babies R Us rules, mind you - while getting the most bang for our buck and really sticking it to them for making my head hurt so bad?  Should I have brought a protractor or something?

In the end, I'm happy to report that despite the tedious nature of this afternoon I am still married, we got everything we needed, and my balance after applying discounts, coupons, gift cards - and one Mr. Belding "Hey hey hey, what is going on here!?" review of the receipt with customer service - was only 37 cents.  Not quite TLC-worthy but pretty dang close.

By the way, I dragged my husband to this couponing extravaganza on a Sunday afternoon after he had just come back from a weekend-long bachelor party.  It's like I need to make things super complicated or something.

You know what's not super complicated?  This recipe for Bombay Chicken Salad.  Man, I love a good segue.

In keeping with salad week here at Type A Kitchen (and don't worry, you haven't missed a national event. This is a self-imposed healthy salad week in our house.  Fun for all!), I've made a delicious and easy grilled chicken salad with mangos, almonds, raisins, and Indian spices.  I threw in some 10-minute farro from Trader Joe's and some hearty arugula, and prepared a light and tangy citrus dressing to make it a wholesome and satisfying dinner salad.  This was a huge hit!

Bottom line?  Keep dinner simple, light, and stress-free this summer.  You'll be so glad dinner's in the bag when two separate Babies R Us employees have just offered two completely different interpretations of coupon application rules while you stand with a shopping cart full of nipple cream and nursing bras.  This much I know.

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Bombay Chicken Salad
Inspired by Family Circle
Serves 4

1 1/2 tsp curry powder, divided
1/2 tsp cumin
1 tsp sugar
1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breast (thin-sliced or pounded thin)
1 c uncooked farro (or barley, or couscous!)
1 mango, peeled, pitted and diced
3 scallions, trimmed and diced
1/2 c raisins
1/3 c sliced almonds
2 large handfuls arugula
Juice of 1 lemon
1 tsp honey
1 tbs rice wine vinegar
1 tbs extra virgin olive oil

Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium-high heat.  In a small bowl, combine 1 tsp of curry powder with the cumin, sugar, and salt/pepper to taste.  Rub the chicken with the spice mixture, and place on the hot grill.  Cook 5-6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.  When cool, cut into bite-sized pieces, and set aside.

Meanwhile, cook your grain of choice (I used 10-minute farro from Trader Joe's!) according to the package directions, omitting the salt and fat.  Drain, and set aside.

In a large bowl, combine the mango, scallions, raisins, almonds, and arugula.  Add in the reserved chicken and grains, and toss well to combine.

In a small bowl or mason jar, combine the lemon juice, honey, vinegar, olive oil, and remaining 1/2 tsp of curry powder.  Stir well with a whisk, and pour over the salad.

Toss well to combine.  Serve immediately or refrigerate for several hours before serving.  The longer the dressing sits with the salad the better!

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