i’m super excited to announce a new series i’m calling ‘what’s cookin’! each week i’ll be posting favorite family dinner recipes that are easy and (hopefully) kid-approved. i’m going to kick off this week’s post with one of our go-to summer dishes: tarragon chicken salad! this dish is bright and summery with lots of fresh tarragon, french mustard and a handful of red grapes for just a touch of sweetness. light, refreshing and easy enough to toss together for a quick weeknight meal!


tarragon chicken salad with pecans

1 hearty bunch of fresh tarragon, chopped
1 tablespoon or two of good french mustard
1/4 cup of mayo (more or less to taste)
1 tablespoon chopped red onion
1 lemon
3-4 chicken breasts, marinated and grilled
1-2 bunches of red grapes, halved (or you can substitute dried cranberries for a sweeter salad)
1/2 cup of toasted pecans
simple greens dressed with oil and red wine vinegar
salt and pepper

combine tarragon, mayo, mustard and onion in a large bowl and set aside. in a separate bowl, combine chicken with fresh lemon, olive oil and season with salt and pepper, let marinate for as long as possible (if you’re short on time just a few minutes will do the trick).

grill chicken breasts, about 5-6 minutes per side or to 160 degrees, depending on size. once cooked, cover and let sit for a bit.

once chicken has cooled slightly, cube into bite-sized pieces and toss with the mayo/ tarragon mixture. add in grapes and pecans. toss again. season with salt and pepper and adjust favors to taste. serve chicken salad over dressed greens and top with more pecans.



photo from our dinner table last week!