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.

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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

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 4


  • 2 cups finely 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 tablespoons fresh chopped tarragon)
  • Salt and pepper to taste


1 Make the dressing: In a large bowl mix the mayonnaise, lemon juice, and tarragon.

2 Add the remaining ingredients: Add the chicken, dried cranberries and celery. Add salt and pepper to taste.

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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  1. Lauren

    This is so delicious! Like other posters, I was getting my fix from Starbucks. This so much better! A couple substitutions for my tastes: I hate celery so I substitute onion–either red or vidalia, whichever’s on hand. Also like to add some toasted pine nuts or walnuts.


  2. Margot

    Terrific recipe! A few tweaks … I boiled chicken (water, peppercorns, bay leaves and then cut and shred it), and then added walnuts, red onion and lemon peel to recipe.


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  3. Louise

    Delicious! I made one small addition of flaked almonds, which makes it even better!


  4. 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!


  5. Kykimmie

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


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