Chicken with Tarragon Sauce Recipe
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Chicken with Tarragon Sauce Recipe

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This is comfort food at its finest. I cook it at least once a week and usually serve with homemade mashed potatoes and sautéed fresh green beans. —Cher Schwartz, Ellisville, Missouri
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (5 ounces each)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 3 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon, divided
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice


  1. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  2. In a large skillet, heat butter and oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 4-5 minutes on each side or until no longer pink. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.
  3. Add shallot to same pan; cook and stir over medium heat until tender. Add cream, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Increase heat to medium-high; cook until slightly thickened. Stir in 2 teaspoons tarragon, lemon juice and remaining salt. Serve with chicken. Sprinkle with remaining tarragon. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Chicken with Tarragon Sauce in Simple & Delicious October/November 2013, p14

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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annrms User ID: 2649709 254246
Reviewed Sep. 18, 2016

"I'm a little behind in reviewing this fantastic recipe. I doubled the recipe also and added the mushrooms and wine as suggested in a review. I also sliced the chicken breasts into strips...cooks faster and I know it's cooked completely. I served it over a multi-grain rice blend and saut?ed spinach in garlic oil. Next time I am going to use half Greek yogurt and half cream. Easy and wonderfully delicious."

Moemoe67 User ID: 7639077 238508
Reviewed Nov. 30, 2015

"Doubled recipe for a dinner party- was excellent. Added chopped shiitake mushrooms and a bit of white wine with the shallots. Thank you for this wonderful recipe!"

ddwren User ID: 3009143 235802
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2015

"Tarragon is the herb in b?arnaise sauce, and I love b?arnaise, so I loved this recipe! I had never pounded chicken breasts before, but it made such a difference in the texture of the meat and how evenly they cooked, I will never NOT pound them again. I made this almost exactly as written except I omitted the shallot altogether, used dried tarragon instead of fresh, and used the whole half pint container of whipping cream (1 cup) rather than just 3/4 of it. This recipe was so easy and so delicious, I will make it forever. Definitely one of my all time favorite recipes of any kind!"

abashu User ID: 6784654 223229
Reviewed Mar. 21, 2015 Edited Sep. 5, 2015

"My husband and I really liked this. I used half and half instead of whipping cream and green onion instead of shallots. The second time I made it I didn't have any half and half so I used sour cream. That was even better."

Grandsx6 User ID: 7288843 222782
Reviewed Mar. 14, 2015

"I made this recipe exactly as written except I used 2 green onions (scallions) in place of the shallot. My family kept saying how good it was. It was so quick and easy to prepare. Definitely a keeper!"

kirafiscella User ID: 7137730 198043
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2014

"I added garlic to the recipe and I wanted , more gavey other than that great recipe"

momotate4 User ID: 7394217 195582
Reviewed Oct. 27, 2013

"This was soooo simple and soooo good. A great midweek meal. Next time I will be using dill instead of tarragon."

omnijen User ID: 6475476 140056
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2013

"This dish is delicious! Will make this many time over."

DViola User ID: 6210665 183966
Reviewed Sep. 12, 2013

"This was great! I will definitely make this again."

cynandtom User ID: 2224843 187790
Reviewed Sep. 10, 2013

"The first time I made this recipe, I didn't change anything. Delicious!!

The second time, I wanted more sauce to use as a 'gravy' over my side of mashed potatoes. So, I added some Marsala wine I wanted to use up, and some chicken stock. After I browned the chicken, I cooked it in the sauce for about 10 minutes. Delicious! I will make it again both ways."

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