Originally Posted by GotGarlic
Is it possible the recipe used dried tarragon instead of fennel? It has that licorice flavor, too.
entirely possible. in fact, gg, you have just solved the mystery of my missing chicken salad recipe. ty! the licorice-flavored spice in this dish was indeed dried tarragon leaves, not fennel. this further explains why there was no old tin of fennel knocking about in the recesses of my spice cabinet, and why an ancient, barely used jar of tarragon leaves did turn up there. i had totally forgotten about tarragon being an anise flavored spice, too.
oh, and now all the missing pieces are falling into place. whereas there are no fennel-chicken salad recipes listed online, one can find there a large number of tarragon-grape chicken ones. i didn't find the exact recipe i was looking for, but i didn't need to. the essence of this extraordinary dish lies in its magical flecks of green tarragon leaves sprinkled about....