Chicken Salad with Creme Fraiche on Rye

Perfect with leftover chicken but super simple if making from fresh, too! Enjoy on a hot summer night and save some for lunch the next day!

Chicken Salad with Creme Fraiche on Rye

1 large skin-on, bone-in chicken breast (12-14 ounces)
4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
3/4 cup fresh fava beans (from about 3/4 pound pods) or frozen, thawed
1/2 small fennel bulb, thinly sliced
1 scallion, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh tarragon
1 tablespoon Sherry vinegar
1/2 cup crème fraîche
1/2 small English hothouse cucumber, very thinly sliced lengthwise on a mandoline
1/4 cup flat-leaf parsley leaves
1/2 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
8 slices Sadie Rose Rye bread or Muligrain bread, toasted if desired
Sea salt (such as Maldon)

Preheat oven to 425°. Place chicken on a small rimmed baking sheet and rub with 1 tablespoon oil; season with kosher salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown and cooked through, 25-30 minutes. Let cool, then shred into bite-size pieces.

If using fresh fava beans, cook in a large saucepan of boiling salted water until tender, about 4 minutes. Drain and transfer to a bowl of ice water. Drain and peel. (If using frozen fava beans, cook 2 minutes; transfer to a bowl of ice water, then drain.) Toss in a large bowl with fennel, scallion, tarragon, vinegar, chicken, and remaining 3 tablespoons oil; season with kosher salt, pepper, and more vinegar, if desired.

Meanwhile, whisk crème fraîche in a medium bowl to soft peaks (it will look fluffy); season with kosher salt.

Toss cucumber with parsley, lemon zest, and lemon juice in a small bowl; season with kosher salt and pepper.

Serve chicken salad with bread, cucumber, and a dollop of crème fraîche, topped with sea salt and more pepper.

Do ahead: Chicken can be cooked 2 days ahead; cover and chill. Shred just before using. Fava beans can be cooked 2 days ahead; cover and chill.


You can get our Rye bread from Peggy’s Pasta Booth at local farmer’s markets in San Diego. Our Multigrain bread is also available at local grocery stores throughout Southern California. Click here for a full list of where to buy our breads.

Recipe adapted from and photo courtesy of