Top-Drawer Chicken Salad

1 1/4 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
2 red radishes, diced
1/2 red onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
1/2 carrot, finely diced
2 tablespoons capers

for the marinade:
1/4 cup tarragon vinegar
2 tablespoon olive oil
juice of 1/2 lemon
3 tablespoons diced red onion
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

for the dressing
1/4 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1/4 teaspoon celery seed
juice of 1/2 lemon
white pepper

Place the chicken and marinade in a nonreactive container. Marinate for at least 1/2 hour. Then grill or saute the chicken until cooked through. Cube and set aside. In a large bowl, whisk together the dressing ingredients. Add the remaining ingredients and toss to evenly distribute all of the ingredients. Serve immediately or for better flavor, refrigerate at least 1 hour before serving.

Yield: 4-6 servings

My thoughts:

This is my current favorite version of chicken salad; it was so good, I made it a second time in less than a week. The capers give it a salty, pickle-y kick, the radish and red onion lend some spicy crunch and the dressing is creamy but not cloying or too mayonnaise-y. Chicken salad nirvana.

If you are feeling decadent, this chicken salad is particularly good on sourdough bread topped with a couple slices of bacon and avocado.


  1. What a great salad. And it seems so quick and easy.

  2. Love your idea that can be used on top of crackers…would make a great appetizer.

  3. This is my kind of chicken salad. Those flavors sound fantastic, and you have no idea how much I appreciate that you make it only with breast meat. Dark meat hiding in chicken salad is so wrong.

  4. This looks amazing.

    I’m looking forward to making it for my family with the leftovers from a roasted chicken. I’m always looking for something to do the day after I roast a bird!

  5. Alisa - Frugal Foodie

    That looks fantastic. For some reason I have been craving chicken salad lately

  6. This sounds ridiculously tasty–I love the addition of capers, a nice offset to the creaminess.

  7. vanillasugarblog

    tarragon, yes, what a perfect addition.

  8. I love chicken salad! I’ll have to give this version a try!

  9. Hi – Found your link through Zoe Bakes. I love Chicken Salad and this recipe is a must try here at Bret’s Table. Thanks for sharing it with us.

  10. Looks delicious. I’m always looking for new things to do with chicken

  11. I love the thought of using capers in a chicken salad. Can’t wait to try this.

  12. I made this today (sans capers), it was lovely! Thanks for the recipe!