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    The secret here isn’t in the seasonings (though the tarragon and sour cream make it pretty wonderful) but in the texture of the chicken, described as “plush” by the chef Barbara Tropp in her “China Moon” cookbook. She incorporated Chinese methods and flavors to her cooking, including this foolproof method for poaching chicken breasts without overcooking. It makes a chicken salad that’s perfect for sandwiches (especially on dark rye or sourdough breads) or scooped onto a lettuce-lined plate with sliced radishes, tomatoes, crackers, grapes or all of the above. The chicken breasts used here must be bone-in, but you can remove the skin if you prefer. The skin and bones flavor the cooking liquid, providing a bonus of several pints of chicken stock.

    Ingredients

    • About 4 pounds bone-in, skin-on chicken breasts
    • 2 scallions, cut into thirds
    • 1/4 teaspoon black peppercorns
    • 1 lemon, halved
    • 2/3 cup mayonnaise, preferably Hellmann’s, Best Foods or homemade
    • 1/4 cup sour cream or crème fraîche, more to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard or 1 teaspoon brine from a jar of pickles, optional
    • 2 or 3 pale green celery ribs, cut into medium (1/4-inch) dice
    • 1/2 cup minced onion or finely sliced scallion, optional
    • 1/2 cup walnut or pecan halves, broken into bite-size pieces
    • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon, parsley, or chives, plus extra for garnish
    • Salt and ground black pepper, to taste

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