01.04.21

Tarragon Chicken Salad

This Tarragon Chicken Salad is simple, flavorful, and just might be my favorite Chicken Salad ever!!!

If you never buy Tarragon and use it in recipes– you gotta start getting it! Tarragon is a leafy green herb widely used in French cooking (and the French know how to cook!!!) It’s flavor is strong and has an anise/licorice taste to it. But don’t let that deter you if you hate licorice (because I hate licorice). Adding fresh tarragon to a dish can immediately elevate it and take something typically mundane and transform it into something magnificent.  For example, this simple chicken salad is restaurant worthy– and I give all the credit to the tarragon! 

If you are from Dallas or San Antonio and have had the Chicken Salad from Bird Bakery— that is where the inspiration for this salad came from. It’s savory, yet the touch of dried cranberries give it a bit of sweetness and tartness that leaves you wanting MORE! 

It may seem odd, but the key to making this salad mix so well to become so creamy and delicious is using a mixer. You can certainly just stir the heck out of it if you don’t have a mixer– but I love throwing mine in my Kitchen Aid mixer and letting that do the work. It makes the chicken shred ultra fine and the end results are just so delicious!

Tarragon Chicken Salad

Serves: 4 people
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5 from 9 votes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked chicken, loosely shredded I use rotisserie chickeen
  • 1/2 cup finely diced celery
  • 1/2 cup finely diced sweet onion yellow onion is ok, too
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 4 tbsp homemade mayo
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • black pepper, to taste

Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in the mixing bowl of a stand mixer and using a paddle attachment, mix until very well combined and the chicken is finely shredded. Taste and add salt and pepper, according to your taste buds!
    *If you do not have a stand mixer no worries! Just be sure to shred the chicken really fine using your hands and then mix it *really well* when you stir to combine.
  • Refrigerate to chill and serve as desired! I love to serve mine over a bed of lettuce with veggies for dipping!

35 Comments

  • Reply
    kari
    February 10, 2021 at 8:16 pm

    loved this so much!!! added to the lunch rotation for sure. thanks, alex!

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    Robyn
    February 6, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    5 stars
    This is so delish and comes together quickly! Will be going in the regular rotation!

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    Brittany K
    January 31, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    5 stars
    This was my first time making chicken salad and my husband and I are obsessed!! We have made it three weeks in a row. We serve it over spinach with Simple Mills crackers. Or we scoop it up right out of the container πŸ™‚ Insanely delicious!!

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    Catherine
    January 26, 2021 at 8:31 pm

    5 stars
    SO GOOD! This is my first time making chicken salad and I was surprised at how easy it was. I do not have a mixer so I used my vitamix which shredded it perfectly. I also subbed halved grapes for the cranberries!

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    rmc
    January 26, 2021 at 5:58 pm

    5 stars
    Such a delicious chicken salad! I’ve been making one like this for years from an old recipe I found in Southern Lady magazine, it’s a favorite! I added sliced almonds to your recipe, so good! Thank you Alex πŸ™‚

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    Leesh
    January 25, 2021 at 2:39 am

    5 stars
    My faith in humanity is restored.

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    Monica S.
    January 20, 2021 at 10:10 pm

    5 stars
    Amazing! Ive already made it twice. Great with crackers, in a wrap or on a bed of greens. Don’t skip the fresh tarragon. Sooo good!

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      Alex
      January 20, 2021 at 11:20 pm

      Yes!!! so glad, and NEVER skip that delightful tarragon. it’s just so good.

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    Stephanie Masta
    January 19, 2021 at 5:38 pm

    I made this (along with the homemade mayo) and it is amazing! So so good. And it feels very light and healthy. Thank you!

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    Ellie Heidorn
    January 18, 2021 at 11:56 pm

    DANG SO GOOD. I did 2 chicken breasts in the oven and shredded them with my mixer before making! I ate it wrapped in lettuce and with carrot sticks. I also used Primal Kitchen Garlic Mayo (they were out of the regular at my store) and surprisingly loved it! 10/10 will make this dish again! Super easy to meal prep too- I made it Monday and kept it in the fridge until it was gone on Friday!

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    Hannah
    January 14, 2021 at 2:26 am

    Wonderful! My little family loved it, even my picky 8 year old! Thank you Alex! Also, cranberries with no sugar added are REALLY hard to find!

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      Ellie Heidorn
      January 18, 2021 at 11:53 pm

      5 stars
      I had to specialty order them from Thrive Market!! So tough to find no sugar added. I did recently find them at Trader Joes however!

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        Alex
        January 19, 2021 at 12:30 pm

        it is so tough to find dried cranberries without added sugar! I also find them at Natural Grocers in their bulk section.

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    EJ
    January 12, 2021 at 9:06 pm

    How many calories would you say one serving of this is?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 12, 2021 at 10:40 pm

      I am not sure but someone may have calculated already and can share!

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    Pam
    January 12, 2021 at 5:52 pm

    5 stars
    I’m not normally one to comment on recipes, but HOLY $#!&$^ this is good! Can’t wait to add it to my normal meal prep rotation.

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    Katherine
    January 11, 2021 at 6:11 pm

    5 stars
    super delicious and actually really light amount of mayo for how much it makes which is awesome

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    Kelsey
    January 9, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    Can you use dried tarragon? Apparently Raleigh is either having a tarragon shortage or everyone already bought it all to make this recipe.

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      Alex
      January 10, 2021 at 3:24 am

      haha, yes I am sure you can!! I am not sure how much, I haven’t really cooked with dried tarragon much to be honest.. But i’d start off with 2-3 teaspoons and you can always add more if it’s not coming through.

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    Alison
    January 7, 2021 at 1:09 am

    Made this recipe for dinner tonight and it was absolutely delish! I love your recipes and cookbook! ❀️

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    Wendy Zogg
    January 6, 2021 at 11:21 pm

    Just made this and the Mayo! Delicious πŸ˜‹

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    Erika
    January 5, 2021 at 3:12 am

    Where can I find the homemade mayo recipe?

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    Alex T.
    January 5, 2021 at 2:39 am

    Think it would taste equally as good using Primal Kitchen Mayo, or do you recommend home making it? Love ALL your food so want to do it right πŸ™‚

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 5, 2021 at 2:40 am

      You can totally make it with PK mayo– i just love the clean taste of homemade. The PK mayo is a great option, but I find it has a unique after taste that can be strong!

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    Julie
    January 4, 2021 at 10:08 pm

    Where do you find unsweetened cranberries?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 5, 2021 at 2:41 am

      I have bought mine from both Thrive Market + Natural Grocers!

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    Kristen
    January 4, 2021 at 6:27 pm

    Can you make it without the tarragon?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 4, 2021 at 8:44 pm

      yes, but it wouldn’t taste near as delicious.

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    Lauren Serra
    January 4, 2021 at 5:49 pm

    How do you think this would work with Tuna?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 4, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      yes for sure!

  • Reply
    Ann
    January 4, 2021 at 5:41 pm

    Do you have the nutrition information?

    • Reply
      Alex
      January 4, 2021 at 8:43 pm

      I do not!

  • Reply
    Dani
    January 4, 2021 at 5:03 pm

    Where do you find whole30 compliant rotisserie chicken?

    • Reply
      Leslie
      January 4, 2021 at 8:53 pm

      Whole Foods Original rotisserie chicken is compliant -just salt, pepper and chicken. And on sale every Saturday!

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