This main-dish chicken salad has bright flavors of tarragon in a creamy blue cheese dressing with just a touch of sweetness from honey.

Ellen Ecker Ogden
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008


Recipe Summary

55 mins


Creamy Blue Cheese-Tarragon Dressing


Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.

  • To prepare chicken: Combine yogurt, garlic, oil and tarragon in a large bowl. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to the bowl; turn to coat. Place the chicken in a baking dish and cover completely with the yogurt mixture.

  • Bake until the chicken is cooked through and an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 165 degrees F, 35 to 45 minutes. Transfer to a clean cutting board. Thinly slice the chicken when cool enough to handle.

  • To prepare dressing: Mash blue cheese, oil, vinegar, tarragon and honey together in a medium bowl with a fork until well combined. For a creamier dressing, add yogurt 1 tablespoon at a time, if desired. Season with salt and pepper.

  • To assemble salad: Gently toss lettuce, radicchio and arugula (or mixed greens) in a large bowl. Divide the greens among 4 plates, top with equal portions of the chicken, spoon 2 tablespoons of the dressing over each salad and sprinkle with walnuts.


Thick and creamy Greek-style yogurt is made by removing the whey from cultured milk. Because the whey has been removed, you can cook with Greek yogurt without the normal separation that occurs when cooking with regular yogurt.

To toast whole nuts, spread on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F, stirring once, until fragrant, 7 to 9 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

420 calories; protein 31.3g; carbohydrates 9.1g; dietary fiber 1.6g; sugars 6g; fat 29g; saturated fat 6.1g; cholesterol 73.3mg; vitamin a iu 1863.9IU; vitamin c 4.1mg; folate 67.1mcg; calcium 145.3mg; iron 1.9mg; magnesium 55.1mg; potassium 442.7mg; sodium 452.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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Rating: 2 stars
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We loved this recipe & was talking about trying feta in it as well. I was not even done eating my dinner plate & was excited & could not wait to have it as a leftover for lunch the next day. Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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This salad is delicious. We had to omit the walnuts due to a nut allergy and we use Feta cheese as well instead of the blue cheese. This is permanently added to my menu! My kids loved the flavor of the chicken as well. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
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Rating: 5 stars
I had to sign up to say how amazing this recipe is! I've eaten a lot of amazing salads & this is by far one of the best. We used feta instead of bleu cheese to fit my girlfrirnd's taste. We used sliced chicken thighs for the chicken & quite a bit more pressed garlic than a clove (like 5-6). The tarragon makes it magic! Delicious! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I had to substitute Feta for the Blue cheese because I'm pregnant but it was still very good. Both my husband and I liked the chicken and the salad. No leftovers! Adnohr Long Beach CA Read More
Rating: 2 stars
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