Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad

Main Dish, Main Dish Salads, Poultry, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes | 5 comments

I’ve been waiting and waiting to make this salad, but it has been quite difficult to find fresh tarragon in stores around here. I finally found some at Sunflower Farmer’s Market, though the other weeks I checked they were out. I’m definitly considering planting some tarragon in my garden this year so I can make this whenever I chose, not whenever the stores decide to carry tarragon!

I don’t really have a lot to say about this salad besides how much I enjoyed it. And how easy it was. It was a perfect lighter feeling dinner for a warm day and was full of flavor. The brining kept the chicken super moist. Baking it wrapped in foil really helped pack in the flavor of the tarragon. We had baked red potato fries (just toss with olive oil, salt & pepper – bake at 450 degree F) and pomegranate tangerine herbal iced tea with it. The whole meal felt refreshing. For dessert we enjoyed Almond Butter Cookies. Leftovers for tonight and I can’t wait!

Creamy Tarragon Chicken Salad
adapted from

  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 4 c water
  • 4 Tbs kosher salt
  • 1 stem fresh tarragon
  • pepper
  • 2/3 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • fresh tarragon leaves from 2-3 stems
  • 2 green onions, sliced thin
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 cups red seedless grapes, halved
  • 1/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • mixed greens

Dissolve salt in water. Pour into a gallon sized ziplock bag. Submerge chicken in brining solution for 30 minutes. Remove, pat dry. Place chicken on a large sheet of foil. sprinkle with black pepper. Place leaves from 1 stem of fresh tarragon all over the chicken. Fold the foil up. Bake at 350 degrees F for 45 minutes, or until chicken measures 160 degrees F with a meat thermometer. Dice chicken and set aside in refrigerator to cool.

Meanwhile, blend sour cream through pepper in a food processor or blender. Stirring and scraping sides periodically. Combine sauce with celery, grapes, and chilled chicken. Serve chilled on a bed of mixed greens and garnish with chopped pecans.

Katie Goodman

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  • 1
    Maria - March 13, 2009 @ 12:56 am

    I love Sunflower Market, Lovely salad!


  • 2
    Ashley - April 29, 2009 @ 3:14 am

    Found you through tastespotting…This looks good! It reminds me of a chicken salad I saw Ina make on one of her shows… she made one batch with tarragon and one batch without and had people taste test them to compare. Everyone loved the tarragon! I must try it!


  • 3
    Hoosier Homemade - May 07, 2009 @ 1:10 pm

    Looks yummy! Thanks for sharing!~Liz


  • 4
    Megan - May 07, 2009 @ 5:23 pm

    yum, looks like a wonderful salad!


  • 5
    heartnsoulcooking - July 23, 2009 @ 4:32 pm

    What a wonderful salad, YUMMY!!! I love to have different chicken salads in my recipe box. So, guess where this one going. Geri


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