Thursday, September 4, 2008

Pistachio Tarragon Chicken Salad

I love Whole Foods' Tarragon Chicken Salad. This is my own version after lots of testing with various herbs, nuts and onions. This version is very unique with the inclusion of the pistachios. If you have almonds use those, but the pistachios are really worth trying. The tarragon and pistachio go quite well together. Do not skimp on the fresh tarragon, this is key. Dried tarragon really won't do. The licorice sweetness of the tarragon really gives it a full flavor. Enjoy!

1 1/4 lbs. poached chicken breast about 2 large or 3 small
1 cup diced celery
1/2 cup light mayo
1 tbsp. dijon mustard
1/3 cup diced red onion
1/3 cup shelled pistachios
3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
1 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper

Cut the chicken into 1/2' cubes and set aside. Combine all the ingredients thoroughly. Fold chicken cubes into mayo mix. Chill 1 hour. Serve on toasted bread or eat alone.