Diced Granny Smith apples and celery give Tarragon Chicken Salad is crunch, and tarragon delivers its distinctive flavor.
1 tablespoon butter
3/4 cup chopped pecans
1 cup mayonnaise
3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
1 teaspoon lemon zest
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 cups chopped cooked chicken breasts
1 1/2 cups diced Granny Smith apples
1 cup diced celery
1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
How to Make It
Melt butter in a small skillet over medium-low heat. Add pecans, and cook, stirring constantly, 6 to 8 minutes or until toasted and fragrant.
Whisk together mayonnaise and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir in chicken and next 3 ingredients just until blended. Add salt and freshly ground pepper to taste. Cover and chill 2 to 24 hours; stir in 1/2 cup toasted pecans just before serving. Sprinkle with remaining pecans.