Tarragon Chicken Salad

Total Time:
1 hr 15 min
15 min
1 hr

about 3 cups

  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 1 small tart apple, cored and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1/3 cup diced celery
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup lightly salted, roasted cashews, roughly chopped
  • 4 cups arugula, washed and dried
  • Olive oil, for dressing arugula

Combine the chicken, apple, celery, and onions in a medium bowl. In a small bowl, combine the mayonnaise, lemon juice, tarragon, parsley, chives, salt and pepper. Pour dressing over the chicken mixture and stir to combine. Refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Just before serving, lightly dress arugula with olive oil. Serve chicken salad on a bed of arugula and top with cashews.

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    Excellent! I made this for a Christmas luncheon and everyone loved it.
    Made this into finger sandwiches for an afternoon tea party. They were all gone. That in itself means something. I really liked it myself too.
    I served this on top of bibb lettuce with a side of sliced tomatoes and cucumbers. It was delightful. Use light mayo (and part yogurt if you wish)--the recipe loses nothing from the healthy exchange. I also think red onion needs to be soaked in water to soften the flavor. My girlfriends thought I was a culinary genius!
    Hands down, my favorite chicken salad. Perfect.
    The temps in Holland right now are unbearable. HIgh humidity and temps around 32C (89F) degrees and VERY few places with air-co! ! With these temps we like nice light dinners. I thought I would try this recipe this evening. It was quick, easy and very tasty. My husband and I enjoyed it very much. The only tweak I made was to use green onions instead of the red onion in this recipe, just a personal preference. I will definitely make this recipe again, as it is now going in my 'keeper' file. I just might try subbing with leftover turkey when Thanksgiving comes around. Thank you Emeril for another fabulous recipe. You are the best!
    I used light mayo and replaced half of the mayo it called for with fat free plain yogurt. Much healthier and still so tasty! Love the bold flavor of the herbs in this dish.
    Ooooh, sub Craisins for Apples....or even add it! It's a Taste Explosion !!!! ;-D

    <3 Alexandra
    If you like tarragon, you'll love this chicken salad. It's very flavorful and has a nice crunch. This is the first time I'd cooked with tarragon, and unfortunately, my husband realized he really disliked this particular herb. Tarragon has a licorice flavor he really hated. Also, I roasted three split chicken breast with olive oil, salt and pepper at 350 degrees for about an hour (Barefoot Contessa's method for chicken salad.) It made a good three cups of really moist chicken, which I thought was the perfect amount for the amount of mayo dressing. Although you might want to add more apples, nuts, etc. Overall, I thought the tarragon chicken salad was very good.
    Chicken salad is one of my top ten favorite foods and I've tried A LOT of different ones. This has to be one of the best, but then again, I LOVE tarragon. I substituted pistachios for the cashews because it's what i had on hand, then put them into the salad and really liked it. This is my new chicken salad recipe!
    I made the recipe pretty close to the instructions and it got rave reviews. I poached boneless chicken thighs which were moist and tender (I highly prefer dark meat for recipes like this since it has more flavor than bland old white meat).
    This was so amazing and was so easy to prepare. Its a nice twist on plain chicken salad.
    This is a wonderful recipe. I made it for a luncheon and everyone raved about it. It was even better the next day! I used boneless chicken breasts that I cooked in chicken broth, onions and celery so the chicken was very flavorful itself.
    Loved this recipe! Instead of chopping the apple, I grated it..excellent combination with the tarragon. Also, I too omitted the parsley as the tarragon was herb enough! I'm sure we will be eating this salad often in the warm months ahead....makes for a very special lunch!
    I was not impressed with this. I found this recipe to be a little bland. I probably will not make this again
    Perfect for my garden club herb luncheon. Can be made the day before. I did not serve on a lettuce base. Question the need for the parsley because the tarragon is such a strong flavor. Absolutely delicious!
    This is a really good chicken salad. The lemon juice and tarragon bring out a wonderful taste sensation. I will make this again and again.
    My husband and I both enjoyed this as a summer dinner meal. I used romaine lettuce instead of arugula as it's not as strong tasting. Also, I used unsalted peanuts (toasted) and it really adds to the salad. Definitely let it sit in the fridge for an hour at least before eating. Love Emerill's show as he's not only informative, but has great recipes!
    This is so good. I have been looking for a salad like this for a long time. I loved everything about it. Next time I may use pecans instead of cashews just because I love pecans.
    This recipe is wonderful. I served it at a shower and it was the most popular item. Several people asked for the recipe. It's really good. I poached chicken breasts for the cubed chicken, and it kept the meat really moist.
    the overall salad was good. but it could use some minor adjustments. it has a bitter taste. i don't know what it is, but it's very bitter tasting.

    love, amaralicious
    I had co-workers over to work on curriculum and they all LOVED this recipe. The flavor was perfect, and the texture of the cashews added a nice touch. I'm not a fan of chicken salad, but I really liked this recipe. I plan to use it often!
    This is the best chicken salad recipe I've ever tried! I added about 2 T chopped dill as well and it's soooo YUM! Other chicken salad recipes I've tried, you had to let it sit in the fridge for awhile before the flavors would "marry". With this recipe, the flavor was so outstanding right after mixing all of the ingredients in the bowl. I can't wait for my husband to come home and try this!!!
    I love everything he cooks
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