Spicier Curry Chicken Salad

April  4, 2019
Photo by Rocky Luten
Author Notes

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

Test Kitchen Notes

Featured in: I Finally Learned to Love Chicken Breasts, Thanks to My Slow Cooker. —The Editors

  • Prep time 10 minutes
  • Serves 1 for lunch (a few times)
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cooked and chopped into bite-size pieces
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced shallots
  • 1/4 cup diced celery, plus 1 tablespoon chopped leaves
  • 1/2 cup halved red grapes
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1 pinch sugar
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • White sandwich bread or Little Gem lettuce cups, for serving
In This Recipe
  1. 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.
  2. Serve between sandwich bread or in lettuce cups.

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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.