Chicken Salad with Tarragon and Chives: Seasonal Chef Recipe


Leftover chicken gets a new spin by updating it with tarragon and chives. To read more about my post about tarragonĀ click here for the post.

Chicken Salad with Tarragon, Chives and Blackberry

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

This updated chicken salad is the perfect way to use your leftover rotisserie chicken. It's a simple salad ready in less than 20 minutes.


  • 4 cups cooked chicken breast, 1" pieces, about 2 breasts
  • 1 cup celery, 1/4" dice, about 3 stalks
  • 1/2 cup celery leaves
  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup low-fat mayonnaise
  • 1/2 teaspoon each of kosher salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons tarragon, finely chopped, plus more for garnish
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons chives, finely sliced, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup blackberries
  • Mixed lettuce greens
  • Fruity olive oil


  1. Place the chicken, celery and celery leaves in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl combine the yogurt, mayonnaise, salt, pepper, tarragon and chives.
  3. Add the yogurt dressing to the chicken and gently mix to cover all the chicken pieces.
  4. Add in the blackberries and fold carefully, trying to keep them whole, but also covered with the yogurt dressing. Taste for seasoning.
  5. Place a handful of lettuce greens on the bottom of a plate and drizzle with a small amount of a nice olive oil. Season with a sprinkle of salt and pepper. Top with a scoop of the chicken salad and garnish with a bit of tarragon and chives.


About Author

Seasonal Chef blogger Maria Reina comes to the world of food as a third career, spending a great portion of her adult life in the field of Human Resources. With her private company Bella Cucina Maria she is a personal chef, caterer and recreational cooking class teacher in Westchester. She's an avid food television watcher and cookbook collector, always looking for a new take on a traditional dish. In her free time she loves hanging out at local farmer's markets, chatting it up with the farmers and doing cooking demos with their seasonal ingredients. In addition to her blog, which is loaded with easy recipes, you can follow her on Facebook (Bella Cucina Maria), Twitter (Bellacucinam), Instagram (Bellacucinam) and Pinterest (Bellacucinam).

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