French Tarragon Chicken

French Tarragon Chicken

French Tarragon Chicken

I was looking for another way to fix chicken. I love chicken most any way. Roasted is my favorite, but it’s summer and I did not want to heat up the house. So what to do? Then I was speaking with a friend and she said tarragon was her favorite herb. I said me, not so much. Now I think it is because I had it dried instead of fresh. I am pretty spoiled with fresh herbs. I have from time to time used dried, but am almost always sorry. I prefer fresh and preferably from a live plant. It is pretty late in the season for planting, but I thought if I could find some I was making French Tarragon Chicken. If you have a live plant a quick snip, snip and your dish is transformed.

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French Tarragon

French Tarragon

I went to Trader Joe’s and they had just received a new shipment of flowers and herbs. I asked if they had tarragon. The woman went over and pulled a small pot off the table and gave me a tutorial. She said get it out of the pot as quickly as possible and replant it in a larger pot. She said keep it watered well and what ever you do don’t let it dry out. She cautioned that tarragon likes moisture, but not wet feet. I brought it home and made French Tarragon Chicken.

This is an easy recipe, quick and flavorful. What more can you ask for? Now I am off to repot my French tarragon. Wish me a green thumb.

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French Tarragon Chicken
  • 4 six to eight ounce boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons chopped shallot
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon salt - approximately
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground white pepper
  • flour for dredging
  1. Mise en place ~ Gather ingredients
  2. Season the chicken on both sides with the salt and white pepper.
  3. Heat the olive oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat.
  4. Dredge the chicken in flour – whole flour wheat will give a nutty flavor when browned.
  5. Place the chicken in the pan - do not crowd it; cook until golden, about 4 minutes per side.
  6. Remove the chicken and set it aside on a serving plate.
  7. Increase the heat to high; add the shallot and white wine; cook until soft about 4 minutes.
  8. Whisk the heavy cream and mustard into the pan; bring the sauce to a boil.
  9. Reduce the heat to medium; simmer for 2 minutes, until thickened and bubbly.
  10. Remove from the heat; add the tarragon and parsley.
  11. Spoon sauce over the chicken, and serve.

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45 Responses to French Tarragon Chicken

  1. Susan says:

    Delicious looking recipe. Try some snipped tarragon in scrambled eggs. I love tarragon and try to use it anyway I can. The dry can be very expensive. Fresh is always the best.

  2. This looks delicious. It’s breakfast time here but I could gobble up that whole plateful of fabulous food. Love tarragon, I just don’t have enough recipes that use it. I feel so “French” whenever I eat though.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I am pretty happy with this herb. I am glad I gave it another chance. Wish me luck with growing it. I do so well with propagating basil like you showed me. If only I can have half the luck with tarragon.

  3. Penny says:

    Chicken and tarragon is one of my favorite combinations. I just made a very similar recipe recently because my tarragon plant is thriving. I haven’t posted about it because I couldn’t get a good picture. Your photo is outstanding Madonna!

  4. This is my favorite way to have chicken! I discovered it when I lived in France, but there it was always Guinea hen….equally delicious! Thanks for sharing this recipe! I am filing it away for next time! Hugs…Debbie

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Debbie, I am really loving the French and their food. I love the simplicity yet it taste like so much more.

  5. Hi Madonna!
    I love this French dish! It’s so yummy!
    So happy that you’re sharing it with everyone :0)
    Tarragon is an amazing herb!
    Have a great week,

  6. Lorrie says:

    Mmm. Your dish looks delicious. Tarragon has never been a favourite of mine, either. Perhaps I need to try it fresh, as you’ve recommended.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Lorrie, please try fresh herbs. They just bump up the flavor so much. I try now to only use oregano in the dried form. Thanks for stopping by.

  7. Your chicken looks delicious and I love fresh tarragon. I think it’s an underused herb and wish more people would give it a try.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Sam, all this time I thought I did not like it, but the fresh tarragon is world’s apart from dry. Thanks so much for stopping by, I am always thrilled to hear your thoughts.

  8. MariaElena says:

    I just have to try this recipe. Sounds delicious! Thank you for sharing at Tuesdays at Our Home! Have a great week! Maria

  9. Linda says:

    Chicken is a staple at our house so new tweaks are always welcome, especially when they include aromatic herbs.

  10. What a beautiful chicken dish and I love that it goes together so quickly. Don’t have any tarragon in my herb garden this year but I can buy a fresh little bouquet at the grocery store.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Cathy, the fresh tarragon is so delicate, I would encourage you if you have an herb garden to add it as soon as you can. Also, this dish does go together quickly and that makes me very happy. Thank you for visiting.

  11. Monique says:

    Looks wonderful!
    Again lucky you to be able to waltz into a TJ’s any day!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I am very lucky, we have 4 TJs in our neighborhood, but we do have our issues. There has been a stone-fruit recall in all our markets including WholeFoods and TJs. I am on a search for a Farmers Market because I can’t go without some peaches and plums.

  12. Oh I too adore chicken and can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing.
    Enjoy your summer day!

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      There is just something about fresh herbs that spikes the flavor of any dish. If you make it I hope you enjoy it as much as we did. Thanks so much for stopping by Laura.


  13. There are so many great French dishes for chicken that are variations of this one! But flavoring with tarragon is my favorite. I agree dried tarragon isn’t worth using — no taste. Fresh is quite good, however. As is this recipe! Thanks so much.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thanks for your input John. I have been surprised at how many knew about fresh tarragon. I find the dried bitter. I guess that is why I did not care for it.

  14. I don’t think I have cooked with tarragon before. But this recipe looks so good that I might have to get some soon.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I hope you don’t wait as long as I did. Fresh herbs has raised the level of my cooking I just want to share the secret with everyone. Oh, and good Dijon. 🙂

  15. Kitty says:

    Oh Madonna, your tarragon chicken dish looks simply heavenly! I do have some tarragon out on my patio and I’m going to make this dish. Yum!

  16. Tarragon is one of my favourite herbs, and it goes so well with chicken. This looks like a delicious summer dish that I would definitely try.
    Visiting from Foodie Friday – hope you have a great weekend.

  17. Poppy says:

    How tasty and appetizing your tarragon chicken looks and sounds, Madonna. I haven’t cooked with fresh tarragon before, but can imagine its wonderful addition to a savoury meal. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.


    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thanks Poppy. I hope you will give it a try. French people know what they are talking about when it comes to food. 🙂

  18. Susie Gall says:

    I found you on #SayGdayParty – your recipe looks delicious.

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I was just over at your site and now I can’t stop thinking about lemon bars.

  19. Marcia Pilar says:

    Died and gone to heaven delish!
    Must try some time.
    You had me at your blog title.
    Lemon lover here. 🙂

    • Ms. Lemon says:

      I think you will like it Marcia. I love all food, but lemons are always my preference. Thanks for stopping by.

  20. Daniela says:

    Oh ,this tarragon chicken was blinking it’s eye on me.
    It looks so good, Madonna.
    And now I’ll go to our Farmer’s market to get some fresh tarragon 🙂

  21. Miz Helen says:

    Just pinned your awesome recipe and thanks so much for sharing it with Full Plate Thursday! Have a great week and come back soon.
    Miz Helen

  22. Stephanie says:

    This recipe has been featured at Tasty Tue a sday this week! Feel free to stop by and grab featured button, as well as link up some new recipes here!

  23. Sherry says:

    This sounds delicious. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

  24. Miz Helen says:

    Your recipe is featured on Full Plate Thursday this week. Enjoy your weekend and your new Red Plate!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen

  25. Following you on Pinterest and google +. XO

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