Monday, August 1, 2022

Tarragon Chicken Salad

Chicken salad is so simple to make, right? Then why don’t I make it more often, especially with a recipe this delicious?

(Post updated on 8/1/2022): This Tarragon Chicken Salad recipe is my favorite. When I lived in New Hampshire, I always ordered it at  In a Pinch Café and Bakery in Concord. The owner, Paula Stephen, shared the recipe with me when I wrote a profile of her restaurant for the local newspaper. About 15 years later, the salad is still a customer favorite.

What is best about this recipe is it can easily be adjusted to fit your tastes. I like to add a little diced purple onion if I have it on hand. To eat, I like the salad on a nice whole-grain roll with lettuce and, if I have them, bean sprouts. Feel free to use leftover chicken instead of the cooked chicken breasts in the recipe. The last time I made it, I used a rotisserie chicken from the grocery store.

Of course, my late husband, The Picky Eater, wanted nothing to do with this recipe. His chicken salad must be made with sweet pickles and Miracle Whip.

So I made two salads instead of just one.


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  1. How generous of Paula to share the recipe with you. I love the combination of chicken salad with tarragon. So, I ask you, why do I not use it more often, lol...

    I'm glad you used mayo and not, you know what:)

    Thanks for sharing, Linda...

  2. I think tarragon improves the taste of almost anything and your salad sounds wonderful. I hope you have a great day day. Blessings...Mary

  3. I, too, love tarragon and usually poach the chicken that I use to make chicken salad in broth with tarragon ... love the looks of your chicken salad ... I'd be tucking in some pecans and dried cranberries too! Yummah!

  4. Dear Linda, Chicken salad is a classic and always a favorite. Looks delish! Blessings dear. CAtherine xo

  5. I just made some tarragon chicken salad this week because my tarragon plant is going CRAZY this year! I always ass some red grapes to it as well. This version looks tasty!

  6. I love grapes in chicken salad, Amy. However, my favorite is closer to yours, Susan--dried cranberries and walnuts.

    That's the great thing about this chicken can add almost anything to it!

  7. Ooooo, sounds delicious! Tarragon is such a lovely herb. I love the flavor it adds to chicken.

  8. I love tarragon in chicken and seafood salad sandwiches. I've never been to Paula's restaurant...I'll have to try it.

  9. Hi Linda, chicken salad sandwiches are my absolute favorite. Give me this and a cup of coffee and I'm ready for the beach! :D

    Thank you for stopping by and commenting on my peaches.


  10. Tammy, I don't think I would have ever thought of pairing chicken salad and a cup of coffee, especially for the beach. But then, when is it ever the wrong time for coffee!

    Karen, yes, be sure to check out In a Pinch. It was a favorite of mine.

  11. I do love a great chicken salad and this sounds fabulous - love the addition of tarragon!
    Mary x