Tarragon Chicken Salad

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Tarragon chicken salad with dried cranberries, celery, mayonnaise, and tarragon. Great for sandwiches!

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Inspiration for good food can be found anywhere, even Starbucks, where I had a delicious chicken salad sandwich recently. The key ingredients other than chicken? Sweetened dried cranberries and tarragon.

French tarragon is a distinctive herb, with a slight anise or licorice aroma. We don’t use it that often; I grew some last year and don’t think we used it more than once or twice the whole season. But it does pair well with chicken. The dried cranberries add some sweetness to the chicken salad, and the lemon juice just enough acidity to brighten all the flavors.

Tarragon Chicken Salad Recipe

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  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped, cooked chicken meat*
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, finely chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1-2 teaspoons dried tarragon (or 1-2 Tbsp fresh chopped tarragon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste

* Poach about 1 1/2 lbs of skinless chicken breasts and thighs, preferably bone-in (for flavor), in a quart of salted (2 teaspoons) water, for about 20 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through. Remove from water, let cool, remove bones, chop the meat into 1/2-inch to 3/4-inch cubes.

Method

Mix all of the ingredients together. Adjust seasoning. Serve with lettuce for a simple salad, in a tomato that has been cut open for a stuffed tomato, or with slices of bread for a chicken salad sandwich.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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Tarragon Chicken Salad

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  • Jessica

    I made this and subbed real chicken with veggie chick’n and it tastes just like the Starbucks tarragon chicken sandwich back when they had it! Amazing! I am so happy to have been able to satisfy this craving. I doubled the amount of tarragon. Thank you so much for this!

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  • Kykimmie

    I added small amount of green onion and red onion . Delish!

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  • Robert

    Great Recipe!

    I used canned boneless chicken breast (2 10oz cans) as a shortcut and added 1/4 cup onion and 1/8 cup slivered almonds. Turned out great and family loved it.

  • Libbie

    This is my FAVORITE chicken salad recipe. I’ve been making it for 3 years now and finally decided to comment. Just made it with cubed and roasted sweet potato which expanded it and made it taste even better!

  • Ken

    Excellent recipe! I made it for a special lunheon and it was a big hit. The only thing I did different was that I bought a rotisserie chicken breast from the supermarket and shredded it. Thank You

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