Tarragon Chicken

TOTAL TIME: 1 hr 20 min
Prep: 20 min
Inactive Prep: --
Cook: 1 hr
YIELD: 4 servings
LEVEL: Easy

ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 (about 3 pound/1.4 kg) chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup creme fraiche
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh tarragon
  • Lemon juice, to taste
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Directions

Melt the butter with the oil in a large skillet over quite high heat. Season the chicken pieces and fry in batches until well browned, about 5 minutes per side.

Put all the chicken back in the pan, add chicken stock and reduce the heat to medium. Cover and cook until tender, about 30 minutes. Remove the chicken to a plate and keep warm and reduce any leftover juices until sticky. Add the shallot and wine and reduce to a thickish sauce, about 5 minutes. Add the creme fraiche and 1/2 the tarragon. Boil down again to sauce consistency, 3 to 5 minutes.

Season the sauce with salt, pepper, and lemon juice. Put back the chicken pieces, turning to coat, then transfer to a platter. Pour the sauce over, scatter over the remaining tarragon, and serve.

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  • on July 15, 2013

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    Not my favorite, I'm sorry to say. I've made so many of her recipes that have become staples of my home cooking repertoire, like her Swiss chard tart, blanquette de veau, milk pork. Of the chicken sautés, her Paprika chicken is my fave! I think there's just too much creme fraische in this. The Paprika chicken only uses 2 tbsp. This uses a whole cup. I think it's too much. It actually smelled and tasted amazing right before the step where you add the creme. I think that's where it went off the rails for me. Next time -- if there will be a next time -- less creme fraische.

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  • on June 02, 2013

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    A new addition for me in the use of tarragon. I loved the aromatic flavor and scent.

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  • on March 02, 2013

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    honestly one of the easiest and best recipes ever, got rave reviews. had some friends for dinner and they all wanted the recipe. served with pasta and it was wonderful.

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