Monday, May 5, 2008

Chicken Salad Contessa

If you don't already think I'm a ginormous dork, you will after you read this post...

I really wanted a cool sandwich to make because I just bought a really nifty Wonder Bread sandwich container. Look:
How cute is THAT?!

Anyway, a quick search on the Food Network's website yielded this Barefoot Contessa recipe. It looked so easy and yummy, so I had to try it! It definitely lived up to everyone of my expectations. I think my sandwich repertoire has just grown; I'm psyched that I have enough for several sandwiches.

  • 2 split (1 whole) chicken breasts, bone in, skin on (1 1/2 pounds)
  • Good olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup pecan halves (I omitted.)
  • 1/2 cup walnuts halves (I omitted.)
  • 1/2 cup good mayonnaise
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon leaves, divided
  • 1 cup green grapes, cut in 1/2
  • Lettuce leaves, for serving

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

Place the chicken breasts, skin side up, on a baking sheet and rub them with olive oil. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Roast for 35 to 40 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. Set aside until cool.

When the chicken is cool, remove meat from the bones and discard the skin and bones. Cut the chicken into a 3/4-inch dice.

Meanwhile, place the pecans and walnuts on a separate sheet pan and toast in the oven for 7 to 8 minutes until golden. Set aside to cool.

For the dressing, mix together the mayonnaise, sour cream, 2 teaspoons salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Fold in half the chopped tarragon leaves.

Place the diced chicken in a bowl, add the pecans, walnuts and grapes. Pour the dressing over the chicken and toss well. Sprinkle the remaining chopped tarragon leaves on top, and serve on a bed of lettuce leaves.


  1. Cuter than cute sandwich box!

    The chicken sounds lovely, I amazingly have never heard of the Barefoot Contessa and have now heard of her twice today. I must do some research!

  2. I love Barefoot Contessa. She and her husband have been married for years. This chicken salad sounds like some that is served at a locally owned restaurant called House of Grace, in Paducah, Kentucky. I love that salad and will want it for lunch tomorrow. Just might have to take a ride and have some! Love your blog. Great recipe ideas. I can't wait to try them.


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