Tarragon Chicken Salad

Every so often I crave the tarragon chicken salad from Whole Foods. I was bummed when they pulled it from the shelves not too long ago. I didn’t understand why, because from what everyone said it was a store favorite. But alas it is back on the shelves. In the time that it was gone; I experimented with different chicken salad recipes and finally came up with what seems to be an exact replica of the Whole Foods version. My dear friends, this chicken salad is a winner. I would recommend doubling this batch because it will be gone before you know it; especially when you serve the chicken salad piled high on a hoagie. The hoagie seen in the picture above is from Gluten-Free Kneads. This delicious hoagie is also the bread that is used at the Lake Austin Thundercloud Subs location. I hear they are still rocking and rolling with their gluten-free sub options. I’d recommend stopping by and checking them out if you have not already. God bless a good gluten-free sandwich roll and chicken salad. It’s an American classic.

Tarragon Chicken Salad

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Makes about 2 1/2 cups


  • 2 medium-sized chicken breasts (about half a pound)
  • 1/4 cup mayo + 1 tablespoon
  • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
  • 1 teaspoon salt (for boiling water), + 1/4 teaspoon for chicken salad mixture
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried mustard powder


Place raw chicken breasts in a medium-size saucepan, add water to fill pot 3/4 of way. Heat over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once water is boiling, add 1 teaspoon of salt, turn heat to low and cover for 20 minutes or until chicken is cooked through. Pat dry chicken breasts and add to mixing bowl. Shred chicken with forks. Add the remainder of ingredients and mix well. Keep refrigerated in an air-tight container.


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  1. This looks and sounds really good! I will definitely have to give this a try. Don’t think I’ve ever used tarragon in my own cooking before. Thanks for re-creating this recipe!

  2. OMG! I always loved Whole Food’s tarragon chicken salad also and was ticked when they no longer made it – I sort of forgot about it until I found your recipe! I made it last night and oh my, I’m thinking this is better than Whole Foods! Who needs them when I have my own recipe now! lol Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Yummy – this looks awesome! I love tarragon chicken salad and will definitely have to make this soon. Looks lite from your photos it looks very good tasting too. I could use this on lots of different breads as well to change up the taste a bit – I’m making all sorts of plans for this….:o)

  4. Oh my goodness, this is delicious! I have been looking for a new chicken salad recipe for quite some time when I stumbled across yours. I have never tried the Whole Foods version, but this recipe is awesome. This will definitely become a staple in my family.


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