Chopped Chicken Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Dressing

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Chopped Chicken Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Dressing

This versatile salad can accommodate the odds and ends of raw vegetables that tend to accumulate in the refrigerator bin. Instead of fennel, mushrooms, or radishes, try cucumber, zucchini, celery or cauliflower. Or, eliminate the chicken to make a vegetarian version.


Chopped Chicken Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Dressing


1 skinless, boneless chicken breast half, about 1/2 lb. (250 g.)

1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml.) chicken broth, or as needed


For the lemon-tarragon dressing:

1 1/2 Tbs. fresh lemon juice, plus more if needed

2 tsp. minced fresh tarragon

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

1 small clove garlic, minced

2 1/2 Tbs. olive oil

Salt and freshly ground pepper


1/4 lb. (125 g.) romaine lettuce heart, chopped

1/4 small fennel bulb, trimmed and chopped

6 small fresh mushrooms, chopped

5 radishes, chopped

1 small carrot, peeled and chopped

1/4 small head radicchio, chopped

1/4 small red onion, chopped


In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the chicken breast half and the 1 1/2 cups (12 fl. oz./375 ml.) broth, or as needed to cover. Bring to a simmer, adjust the heat to keep the broth just below a simmer, and cook, uncovered, until the chicken is just cooked through, about 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken breast to a cutting board. When the chicken is cool, cut it into small, neat pieces.


To make the dressing, in a bowl, whisk together the 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice, tarragon, mustard and garlic. Add the olive oil in a thin stream, whisking constantly until the dressing is well blended. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Set aside to allow the flavors to blend.


In a large bowl, combine the romaine, fennel, mushrooms, radishes, carrot, radicchio and red onion.


Add the chicken to the dressing and stir to coat. Add the chicken and all the dressing to the vegetables and toss well. Taste and adjust the seasoning with lemon juice and serve. Serves 2.

7 comments about “Chopped Chicken Salad with Lemon-Tarragon Dressing

  1. Elaine Sadler

    Tried this for dinner tonight. It was delicious – great for a warm summer day. Definitely will make it again.

  2. The Glamorous Housewife

    I just made this salad for a dinner tonight and I can tell it is going to be a winner. I couldn’t find tarragon so I just substituted basil. Obviously totally different flavor, but still amazing! Can’t wait to try it with the tarragon.

    Thanks doll,
    The Glamorous Housewife

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  4. VW Girl

    I made this salad for dinner and I thought it was good but a lot of effort for “good”. Maybe I am not a lover of tarragon? I did love the idea of all the veggies and crunch!

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