Chicken salad on croissants is the ultimate classic luncheon food! I remember thinking I was really grown up when I finally was old enough to attend a bridal shower and partake of dainty chicken salad sandwiches on flaky pastries. Methods of making chicken salad have changed a bit over the years, but the basic ingredients stay the same and every girl I know loves a good chicken salad recipe!
One thing I love about chicken salad is its versatility! It’s simple to make, can be made ahead and you can make it your own with add-ins. I also love that chicken salad can be served so many different ways: as a salad, on top of shredded lettuce or on a lettuce leaf, or even in the half of an avocado which has been pitted; on any type of bread such as a croissant, a baguette served open faced, stuffed in a pita, or even on crackers!
Tarragon Chicken Salad is one of my favorite dishes to serve at a brunch or shower. I love cooking the chicken a few days ahead, and then mixing up the rest of the ingredients the day before so the flavors have time to really settle into the chicken. This recipe is also perfect for your weekend Mother’s Day celebration! Mom will love this served with a salad. Search “salad” on the side bar of my home page for ideas to pair with Tarragon Chicken Salad. And how about a really decadent brownie to top off the meal? Guaranteed Mom will love these Southern Lady Brownies .
Tarragon Chicken Salad
Yield 12 servings
- 3-4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, about 1 ½ -2 lbs
- 1 1/4 cup Best Foods Mayo (you may want more or less depending on your taste)
- ½ cup celery, chopped
- 3 green onions, chopped
- fresh lemon juice, about 2 tablespoons
- 1 teaspoon tarragon, I prefer dried for this recipe
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place a sheet of parchment paper on a jelly roll pan.
- Place the chicken on the pan and salt and pepper generously.
- Cook for about 50 minutes or until chicken is done.
- Remove from oven, let cool.
- Place on cutting board. Chop into large pieces.
- Place chicken into a food processor with a blade. ( it is best to do this in two batches).
- Add mayo, chopped celery, chopped green onions, fresh lemon juice and about 1 teaspoon dried tarragon.
- Pulse a few times, until chicken is shredded and all ingredients are mixed well. Do not over pulse!
- Add salt and pepper to taste. You may either serve immediately or store in refrigerator until ready to serve. This recipe may be made a day or two ahead.
- When ready to serve, place on croissants or lettuce leaves, or on chopped greens.
- Garnish with almonds or chopped green onions, if desired.
You may add any of the following to the chicken salad:grapes, apples, raisins, nuts.