My curried chicken salad is much spicier, thanks to a heaping tablespoon of curry powder and a pinch of cayenne pepper (but adjust according to the spiciness of your curry powder). Lots of crunchy celery goes in (because I love celery), along with halved red grapes for sweetness.
To serve, I love to make sandwiches to take to work (or to the park), or I'll pack it in single-serving plastic containers to eat throughout the week in Gem Lettuce cups or just simply on a plate with diced avocado. Whichever way you slice it, it's a pretty darn good solo lunch. —Eric Kim
In a large bowl, stir together the chicken, shallots, celery, celery leaves, grapes, lemon, mayo, curry powder, cayenne pepper, sugar, salt, and pepper until fully incorporated. Let sit in the fridge for a couple hours (or overnight) before eating. Tastes better that way, for some reason.
Eric Kim is the Table for One columnist at Food52. Formerly the managing editor at Food Network and a PhD candidate in literature at Columbia University, he covers food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.