Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Tarragon Chicken Salad Slaw

Tarragon Chicken Salad Slaw

This is what happens when a chicken salad meets coleslaw with some seriously tasty results. I actually love tossing shredded cabbage in with various salads because it boosts the volume, and nutrition, without adding calories. But this past weekend was the first time I'd tried it with chicken. Yummy!

Tarragon Chicken Salad Slaw
For the past few months, a lightly curried version was my go-to chicken salad recipe. But I was in the mood for the tarragon version I'd been inspired to make after watching the Barefoot Contessa use it. I prefer my own dressing so I wasn't following her recipe but the tarragon does add a nice, fresh note. And then I remembered that I had a bag of shredded cabbage and decided to see how it would go together. I began by adding only a little cabbage to see if I liked it in this recipe. I tasted it and immediately piled the rest of the cabbage into the bowl. Brian and I were both completely in love with this new version. A big lunch salad, a sandwich, a midnight snack..  So, so good.  Enjoy!

Ingredients
2 Chicken breasts, with bone
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 Cup low fat mayonnaise
1/2 Cup low fat sour cream
2 Tablespoons lemon juice
2 Teaspoons mustard
2 Tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
1 Teaspoon sugar
4 Stalks celery, chopped
2 Cups coleslaw mix or chopped cabbage
Salt and pepper to taste

Tarragon Chicken Salad Slaw
Place the chicken on a baking sheet, rub with the olive oil, season and bake in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes. When cool enough to handle, peel off and discard the skin. Pull the meat off the bone and cut into bite size chunks or shred.

In a large bowl, beat together the mayonnaise, sour cream, lemon juice, mustard, tarragon and sugar. Stir in the celery and cabbage. Fold in the chicken and season to taste. Makes approximately 4 servings.

17 comments:

  1. This is so interesting! I like tarragon but in small doses. Sometimes it can be really over powering! Looks like you did a great job of balancing here :-)

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  2. I'm going to say something shocking: I've never had tarragon. I don't even know what it tastes like! You're a lady of impeccable taste, Anita, so I believe you when you say it's delicious. I can't wait to make lots of this chicken salad slaw over the summer. It's only 9 a.m. and I want one of these sammiches right now!

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  3. What a creative mashup and I do love the dressing you put in your salads!

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  4. I adore tarragon! I would never have thought to add it to chicken salad. You be a brilliant girlyfriend, Anita!

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  5. If I've had tarragon before I certainly don't remember it. This salad of yours makes me want to get acquainted very quickly.

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  6. I love sandwiches for dinner! Definitely going to make these soon, and plant some fresh tarragon!

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  7. I love that you added the slaw. I love the contrast of textures. The crunchy slaw with the tender chicken. Yum!

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  8. I love the veggie packed filling! I could live off these amazing sandwiches!

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  9. This is a such a great idea! Cabbage is a favorite add-in around here as well - and an all around favorite veggie. Thanks for a wonderful idea!

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  10. Tarragon is one of my favorite herbs. I am growing it and always looking for recipes. Nice salad with the slaw factor!

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  11. YUM! I love tarragon and am always looking for recipes that use it. Slaw on a sandwich is just delicious - especially with bar-b-que so I can't wait to use it with this too!

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  12. looks perfect for this time of year...so light for summer!

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  13. I just rediscovered fresh tarragon after 30+ years. In grad school I made Chicken Kiev (breasts stuffed with herb butter incl tarragon. Excellent!)

    Though hard to find, DO plant French Tarragon in a small pot (not the German or Russian.) That, rosemary, thyme, and parsley, and I'm pretty well set. No cabbage tonight but will make for the long weekend.

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  14. Anita, just lovely. It would be great if you linked in to Food on Friday: Cauliflower & Cabbage. The showcases from this Food on Friday have not yet been selected. This link will take you to my home page where you will find a sidebar with links to all the different Food on Fridays. So that I know you have linked and can be sure to pin to the board I have for each one, please do leave a short comment. Cheers

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  15. I'm growing tarragon in my herb garden, so this would be perfect. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friends Friday.

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  16. Our local tea room sells a tarragon chicken salad that's fantastic. The combination of chicken and tarragon is perfect. I'm such a slaw fan, I know I'll love this. As you say, cabbage is a good way to bulk up a meal, and even better, it's very economical!

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