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Tarragon chicken in a pan with tarragon next to it

Tarragon Chicken

  • Author: caroline
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 1 1x


This tarragon chicken is the perfect take on the classic French dish. Creamy, rich & bursting with flavour, it’s super simple to make & takes just 30 mins.

The default recipe serves 2.


  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless and skinless, around 125g each
  • 1/2 onion, diced
  • 1/2 carrot, diced
  • 1/2 celery stick, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely diced or crushed
  • 85ml / 1/3 cup dry white wine (see note 1&2)
  • 125ml 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 85ml / 1/3 cup  double/heavy cream
  • 2 tsp fresh finely chopped tarragon (or 1 tsp dried) (see note 3)


  1. Heat the oil in a large frying pan or skillet over medium-high heat and then add the chicken breasts. Cook for 3-4 minutes on each side until golden. 
  2. Remove the chicken breasts and set aside. Add the onion, carrot and celery to the pan and cook for 3-4 minutes until softened. Add the garlic and cook for a further minute. 
  3. Add the wine to the pan and bring to a simmer and reduce for around 3 minutes. Add the stock and stir well. Return the chicken breasts to the liquid and reduce the heat to low. Cook for a further 10 minutes. 
  4. Transfer the chicken breasts to serving plates and increase the heat until the liquid starts to simmer. Add the cream and tarragon and season to taste. Cook for around 2-3 minutes until the cream is heated through. 
  5. Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve. 


  1. You can use vermouth or cognac instead of white wine for this recipe. Or use a mixture of one of them with wine.
  2. The alcohol from the wine burns out during the cooking, but if you don’t want to cook with wine then you can substitute stock.
  3. Dried tarragon can be used instead of fresh. Use half the amount and add at the same time as the stock
    • Prep Time: 10 minutes
    • Cook Time: 20 minutes
    • Category: Dinner
    • Method: Hob / Stove
    • Cuisine: French


    • Serving Size: 1
    • Calories: 485
    • Fat: 30g
    • Carbohydrates: 11g
    • Protein: 32g

    Keywords: french, dinner, chicken, tarragon, creamy, indulgent