April 22, 2010

chicken tarragon salad

I made Ina Garten's (the chef - love of my life) Chicken Tarragon Salad the other day and it was amazing. I did make a few changes though and I thought it was fabulous.
And you guys, I want to be Ina Garten. Actually, I just want to live her life. In the Hamptons. In that house. With that kitchen. And that garden. The money wouldn't hurt either.

2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds)
Olive Oil
Kosher salt and Pepper
1 cup walnuts, chopped
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream
1 Tablespoon fresh tarragon leaves, chopped and divided in half
1 cup green grapes, cut in half
Butter lettuce, for serving
3 tomatoes, sliced (for serving)
4 large croissants
2 avocados, sliced (for serving)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place the chicken breasts, skin side up, on a baking sheet and rub with olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper and place in over to roast for about 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Set aside to cool. When chicken is cool, dice or shred and place in a large bowl.

Place the walnuts on a baking sheet and toast in the oven for about 8 minutes until golden brown (you can do this while the chicken is cooking or while it is cooling).

For the dressing, whisk together the mayonnaise, sour cream, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Fold in half of the chopped tarragon leaves.

Add the cooled walnuts to the chicken along with the cut grapes and the remaining tarragon. Pour the dressing over the chicken mixture and toss well. Serve on croissants with lettuce, tomato and avocado.

* The leftovers also make a delicious salad the next day!


  1. looks delish!

    your culinary skills are highly desired! :)

  2. Oh Liz, do I understand the Ina Garten love! She's totally amazing. One night I had a dream that I went to visit her and she showed me around her garden and we talked like we were best friends! If I could meet her I know we'd bff.

  3. love love ina too! she's so calm and brilliant and every single thing she makes looks delish!


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