Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad

Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad is perfect for entertaining a crowd, packing in a lunch box or for a super easy dinner. A low-carb creamy chicken base with cream cheese and Greek yogurt is perfectly complemented by crunchy celery, almonds and a few sweet cranberries.

Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad

Slow cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad is my version of “crack” chicken!

Have you seen recipes with that name on your Facebook or Pinterest feeds? I’m immediately intrigued and hop right over to check out the ingredients. The savory versions usually involve cream cheese and bacon and look to be very tasty. I enjoyed this take on crack chicken very much!

In fact, the inspiration for this recipe came after I made it one night. I immediately knew that endless ingredient combinations and spices would transform the creamy chicken base into an entirely new dish. This version is even healthier by using Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. It closely resembles this Tarragon Chicken Salad recipe that makes good use of leftover chicken or turkey.

The end result of the experimentation is a “salad,” which of course is the opposite of “crack” but will light up your world if you are feeding a crowd, prepping lunches for the week or if you are a fan of tarragon like me. Celery, almonds and cranberries are a bit healthier than bacon too. But, the end result is equally addictive!

Slow Cooker Chicken Tarragon Salad Step by Step

There is something insanely easy about popping uncooked chicken into a crock pot and ending up with this creamy mound of chicken salad later in the day.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tarragon Salad Recipe

Crock Pot Tips

Simply season the chicken and place it in a slow cooker that has been misted with cooking spray. Sprinkle tarragon over the chicken and place a block of cream cheese on top. All the other ingredients are stirred in at the end.

This is what the chicken base will look like after it has been shredded with two forks and stirred so that the cream cheese is incorporated. The cream cheese firms up quickly so we added a touch of Greek yogurt to keep it creamy (and healthy.)  Sour cream would work too. But, we love the protein boost from Greek yogurt.

Crock Pot Chicken and Tarragon

Mix-in Ingredients

Diced celery, almonds and dried cranberries are stirred into the base. Just about any nut would work. Chopped walnuts are my hubby’s favorite.

If you are more of a grape type of family, then use those instead of the cranberries. If you really want almost no carbs, then leave the dried fruit out.

Bottom line…use whatever ingredients you have in the house. It’s really that easy.

Cranberries, almonds and celery for Chicken Tarragan Salad

 Serving Ideas for Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad

The fun part comes at serving time. Just scoop! Portion the chicken into:

  • lettuce cups (low-carb)
  • bread (traditional)
  • croissants (fancy)
  • flour tortillas (perfect for the lunchbox!)

This salad can be made ahead and stores very well.

Slow Cooker Chicken Tarragon Salad

No other sandwich fixings are necessary, which is exactly why it’s perfect for entertaining. Simply lay out a platter of breads, lettuces…and a scoop! Serve with a side of chips…traditional ones or choose from this list of 15 Healthy Alternatives to Potato Chips! Add a platter of fruit and you are done!

Chicken Tarragn Salad Sandwich Recipe

This easy recipe means more time with family and friends, and less time in the kitchen.

Crock Pot Tarragn Chicken Salad Recipe

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Crock Pot Tarragn Chicken Salad Recipe
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Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
4 hr
Total Time
4 hr 15 mins
 

This low-carb Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad recipe combines a creamy base with Greek yogurt, celery, almonds and cranberries. Perfect lunch boxes and entertaining.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 277 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds Boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 ounces Cream cheese 1/3 less fat
  • 1 Tablespoon Tarragon dried
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt or low-fat sour cream
  • 1 cup Diced celery
  • 1 cup Slivered almonds
  • 1 cup Cranberries leave out for very low-carb version
Instructions
  1. Spray the inside of the slow cooker with cooking spray.

  2. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper and place in slow cooker.

  3. Sprinkle tarragon over the top of the chicken.

  4. Cut cream cheese into cubes and place on top of chicken.

  5. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for about 4 hours or on low for 6-8 hours.

  6. Open slow cooker and shred chicken with two forks, mixing in melted cream cheese.

  7. Remove chicken base to serving dish.

  8. Stir in sour cream, celery, almonds and cranberries.

  9. We used a 1/4 cup scoop like this to serve. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts
Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 277 Calories from Fat 126
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 14g 22%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 278mg 12%
Potassium 663mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 7g 2%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 3g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 5.8%
Vitamin C 4.7%
Calcium 10.5%
Iron 7.3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken Salad Recipe with Greek Yogurt is low-carb and gluten-free. We love it for entertaining and for lunches!

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Comments

  1. Sounds delicious with the yogurt and cream cheese. I’m also a big fan of anything you can make in a slow cooker!

  2. This is one recipe for the busy days! So easy and I can already imagine this in sandwiches, wraps, even easy pasta salad.

  3. I love how versatile this recipe is! Looks like I’ll be getting my slow cooker out!

  4. I love the ingredients in this recipe. Tarragon and chicken sounds incredible.

  5. This recipe looks so fantastic! I am such a chicken salad lover — it’s one of my very favorite things!

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