Ina Garten-Inspired Chicken Salad

Prior to a couple years ago, I had mastered the perfect quesadilla and wrap… and that’s about it.  I reassured my husband that I would look beyond the tortilla for inspiration in the kitchen, but only when we landed in a living situation where we were not sharing a tiny kitchen with numerous roommates.  And that I did.

No one can rival the amount of inspiration and guidance my husband has given me through this steep learning curve, however, Ina Garten (aka “The Barefoot Contessa”) comes in second as one of my influential culinary mentors.  Ina presents approachable, yet sophisticated, creations on her popular Food Network show with an incomparable level of warmth and encouragement.  Tonight, I decided to make a modified version of one of her chicken salads and, once again, have found a recipe that I will repeat for years to come.

Tarragon Chicken Salad


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4 split (2 whole) chicken breasts

good olive oil

salt and pepper

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2 large celery stalks

5 cornichons (or ~ 1 to 2 pickles)

1/4 red onion

1/4 c. sour cream + 1/4 c. mayo + 1/4 c. all natural yogurt (the original recipe simply calls for 3/4 cup mayonnaise)

1 1/2 Tbsp tarragon

1/2 tsp dijon mustard

1/4 (heaping) tsp salt

1/4 (heaping) tsp pepper

How To

Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

Line sheet pan with tin foil and place chicken breasts on foil.

Rub chicken breasts with olive oil and sprinkle with a generous amount of s&p.

Roast for about 35 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.  I usually check the temperature around 25 minutes.  When the thickest part of the breast has reached 170 degrees, you can rest assured that the breasts are done.

When the chicken has cooled, chop into ~ 3/4 inch cubes.

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Dice celery stalks, cornichons, and red onion into small pieces.

Chop tarragon.

Add these ingredients plus s&p, sour cream, mayo, and yogurt into a bowl and mix well.

Taste and modify to your liking.

Add chicken to dressing and mix thoroughly.

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Serving Suggestions

This chicken salad works well in a sandwich, wrap, side dish and more!

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