Lunch Box Love: Restaurant Owners Share Easy Recipes Your Kids Will Thank You For

Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich from Curry Up Now

Parker Barry

Many parents could use a bit of lunch box inspiration sometimes. Rana Kapoor, who owns Curry Up Now with her husband, Akash, whipped up a recipe kids will love for its tastiness and parents will love for its simplicity.CUNWebLogo

  • Restaurant: Curry Up Now

  • Specialty: Indian Street Food

  • Location(s): San Francisco Bay Area

  • Facts: Launched in 2009 with a single food truck. Grew to five trucks, four restaurants and a catering business.

  • Guest Writer: Rana Kapoor, owner and mother of three

Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich


A super simple, easy to prepare in the morning before running out the door, lunch for my kids is a chicken salad sandwich with a bit of a Curry Up Now twist. Feel free to take the base recipe and switch up the spices depending on your kids’ taste. My kids are used to things on the spicier side so I add a little Sriracha for added flavor.

— By Rana Kapoor



Curry Chicken Salad Sandwich

1 cup chopped or pulled rotisserie chicken

1 tbs mayo

1/4 tsp Dijon mustard

1/4 tsp curry powder

1 small shallot diced

1/2 celery stick diced

1 tsp chopped fresh parsley

Pinch of salt and black pepper

1 squirt Sriracha (optional)

Add a tsp of raisins or cranberries (optional)

Whole grain bread

Handful of arugula or lettuce

  • Buy a store bought rotisserie chicken or use leftover chicken from the night before. Remove skin, pull the chicken off the bone and cut into chunks or pull with a fork. Set aside.

  • Dice the shallot and celery and chop up the fresh parsley. Place into medium bowl along with chopped chicken and raisins or cranberries (optional).

  • In a small bowl mix mayo, Dijon mustard, curry powder, salt & pepper and Sriracha (optional).

  • Pour the dressing mix over the chopped ingredients and stir or toss gently until well coated.

  • Let the salad rest in the fridge for 15 mins. Or even better, make this the night before to let the flavors meld and to save you time in the morning.

  • Take two slices of whole grain bread and place the salad mix on one side and top with greens. Top with the other slice of bread.

  • Done! Now throw in sliced fruit, crackers or pretzels and a drink and you’ve got yourself a meal.

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