Tarragon Chicken

Tarragon Chicken

12 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, March 1998

This creamy sauce is a classic with chicken—and while tarragon is the traditional herb, thyme or rosemary would also work beautifully. Serve with sauteed string beans and wild rice.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, trimmed of fat (1-1¼ pounds total)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper, plus more to taste
  • 3 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, or canola oil, divided
  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallots
  • ½ cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • ½ cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon


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  1. Season chicken on both sides with ¼ teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat 1½ teaspoons oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until well browned, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate and tent with foil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium. Add the remaining 1½ teaspoons oil to pan. Add shallots; cook, stirring, until softened, 2 to 3 minutes. Add broth and wine and bring to a simmer. Cook until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  3. Return the chicken and any accumulated juices to the pan; reduce heat to low. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a warmed platter. Stir mustard, sour cream and tarragon into sauce. Season to taste with salt and pepper and spoon over the chicken.

Nutrition information

  • Per serving: 196 calories; 7 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 4 g carbohydrates; 24 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 64 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 159 IU vitamin A; 1 mg vitamin C; 25 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 365 mg sodium; 290 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 fat

Reviews 12

December 20, 2018
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By: Aaaight
I love this recipe! It is simple and very tasty. I have used tarragon,rosemary, thyme, and dill and they all work brilliantly!
August 26, 2017
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By: mariavstraight
Delicious! I used Greek yogurt instead of sour cream. I would go a little lighter on the mustard next time, but that's just personal taste. I love tarragon, so would rather that take the lead.
March 16, 2017
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By: Meli
Absolutely delicious and super easy! I used onion instead of shallot because i had run out, but otherwise followed the recipe exact. I will for sure make this again, next time i will make extra sauce to put on the potatoes, it was so good!
November 05, 2016
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By: Lindsay Shea
This is definitely going to be a repeat at our house! we did dredge the chicken with tarragon, S&P, and flour then pan fried and made the sauce seperate. We wanted a lil xtra crunch on the chicken. It is great either way!
February 25, 2015
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By: Cindy K.
This was wonderful. I did tweak it a little - I added some thyme and basil and I used 1 cup of broth instead of wine and broth. My husband and son raved about it. Pros: Easy, Quick
November 02, 2010
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By: m.carlson-smith
Delicious and simple. I also used plain yogurt instead of sour cream and it tasted great.
April 28, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Absolutely delicious. People rave about this when i make it. and so simple!
April 15, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
Just made this recipe, as is -- it's terrific!
April 08, 2010
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By: EatingWell User
We loved it. Tasted like something from a restaurant. Will definitely do again. We left the wine out and added a little balsamic vinegar instead. Delicious!
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