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Chicken Tarragon Recipe

chicken tarragon recipe

As a professional chef, I have always been fascinated by the complex flavors of tarragon. It's one of the most underused herbs in the kitchen, yet it has the power to transform a simple dish into a gourmet experience. That's why I want to share this chicken tarragon recipe with you. It's easy to make, yet it's packed with flavor that will blow your mind.

Recipes Information

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Recipe Category: Main Dish
  • Recipe Cuisine: French
  • Aggregate Rating: 4.8


  • 4 boneless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Add the chicken breasts and cook for 5 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  4. Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside.
  5. Add the butter to the same skillet and melt over medium heat.
  6. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil, scraping the bottom of the skillet to release any browned bits.
  7. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the heavy cream and tarragon.
  8. Simmer the sauce for 5 minutes or until it thickens slightly.
  9. Return the chicken to the skillet and spoon the sauce over the top.
  10. Cover the skillet and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
  11. Serve hot with your favorite side dish.

Nutrition Information

NutrientAmount Per Serving
Total Fat23g
Saturated Fat9g
Total Carbohydrates2g


  • Q: Can I use dried tarragon instead of fresh?
  • A: Yes, but use only half the amount of dried tarragon called for in the recipe.
  • Q: Can I substitute milk for the heavy cream?
  • A: Yes, but the sauce will be less creamy and rich.
  • Q: Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
  • A: Yes, you can prepare the sauce up to 2 days in advance and store it in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, reheat the sauce and add the cooked chicken breasts.


If you want to take this chicken tarragon recipe to the next level, try adding some sliced mushrooms to the skillet when you cook the chicken. They will absorb all the delicious flavors of the sauce and add a nice texture to the dish.

Another tip is to use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature of the chicken. It should read 165°F when fully cooked.

Finally, don't be afraid to experiment with different herbs and spices to customize this recipe to your taste. For example, you can add some garlic or onion powder for extra flavor.