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Tarragon Chicken Salad

Updated February 23, 2016
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We feel this is a chicken salad with style as well as substance. It is dressy enough to serve as a main course, delicious in a sandwich, and so simple to assemble that you’ll soon know the recipe by heart. We adore this recipe and think it’s pretty safe to say that it wears well—it has for decades now. You can always vary it by using black walnuts, or by tossing in some green grapes or dried cranberries.

Use the accumulated juices from the jelly-roll pan to enrich soups or sauces.

4 to 6 portions

Cooking Methodbaking

CostModerate

Easy

Total Timehalf-day

Make Ahead RecipeYes

Kid FriendlyYes

One Pot MealYes

OccasionBuffet, Family Get-together, game day

Recipe Coursemain course

Dietary Considerationegg-free, gluten-free, low carb, peanut free, soy free

Five Ingredients or LessYes

Meallunch

Taste and Texturecreamy, herby, juicy, meaty, nutty, savory, tangy

Type of Dishmain course salad, sandwich

Ingredients

  • About 3 pounds boneless, skinless whole chicken breasts
  • 1 cup Crème Fraîche or heavy cream
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½ cup mayonnaise, preferably Hellmann’s
  • 2 celery ribs, cut into 1-inch-long pencil strips
  • ½ cup shelled walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled dried tarragon
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Arrange the chicken breasts in a single layer in a large jellyroll pan. Spread evenly with the crème fraîche and bake until cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool.

Shred the meat into bite-size pieces and transfer to a bowl.

Whisk the sour cream and mayonnaise together in a small bowl and pour over the chicken mixture.

Add the celery, walnuts, tarragon, and salt and pepper, and toss well.

Refrigerate, covered, for at least 4 hours. Taste and correct the seasoning before serving.

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