The way to begin a great chicken salad is as follows. If this is all you do, you will have an excellent chicken salad on your hands.
Combine the shallot, lemon juice, salt, and pepper in a large bowl and let the mixture sit for at least 10 minutes and up to 1 hour. Stir in the mayonnaise and mix until it’s uniformly combined. Fold the chicken and celery into the mixture. Taste and season with more lemon juice, salt, and pepper as desired. Add more mayonnaise if you wish.
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