The Best Napa Chicken Salad Sandwich not from Panera Bread

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When I am thinking of recipes to make. I think of  a lot of things. Such as how hard and fussy will the recipe be? I don’t care much for fussy recipes unless they taste fantastic enough to want to endure the fussiness. Sandwiches are not like that. That’s why I am surprised that I don’t have a lot of sandwich recipes on my site. I love sandwiches, they are generally not a fussy recipe and they are pretty darn good too.

That is why when I came across the Napa Chicken Sandwich at Panera Bread, I wanted to try it. I loved it and with all the foods that I love I wanted to duplicate it.


I have made many variations on this, but none can quite make it taste the same way.  Then bingo, I think it hit me. Tarragon was the missing ingredient. Chicken and Tarragon go together like peanut butter and jelly, like peas and carrots.

Sorry, I think I may have just had a Forrest Gump moment there for a minute.

Oops, I got off track, sometimes that happens. Anyway, I think I may have done it this time.

Oh yeah, and if you work at Panera Bread, could you give me the recipe?  I wont give it to anyone else. (I say this as I cross my fingers behind my back.)


The Best Napa Chicken Salad Sandwich not from Panera Bread


4 cups cooked chicken chopped into 3/4 inch dice.

1 tablespoon salt

1 teaspoon pepper

1 cup mayo

1/2 cup sour cream

1 1/2 tablespoons dried tarragon

1 cup small diced celery

1 cup red or green grapes cut in 1/2

1/2 cup almonds

4 tablespoons cider vinegar
5 teaspoons honey


Place the chicken in a large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add mayo, sour cream, tarragon, celery, grapes and almonds vinegar and honey. Toss well and refrigerate for several hours. Enjoy over lettuce or as a sandwich.

Peace be with you,

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