Tarragon-Lime Chicken Recipe

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The mother of a former boyfriend shared this recipe with me, and I held onto it when the relationship ended! People will rave over this chicken's refreshing, slightly tart taste.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.
MAKES:4-6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. + marinating Grill: 30 min.
MAKES: 4-6 servings


  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon, crushed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 7 to 8 bone-in chicken breast halves (8 ounces each)


  1. In a large resealable plastic bag, combine the first six ingredients. Reserve 1/4 cup for basting
  2. Add chicken to bag; seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate several hours or overnight. Cover and refrigerate reserved marinade.
  3. Drain and discard marinade. Grill chicken, covered, over medium-low heat for 7 minutes. Turn and baste with reserved marinade. Grill, covered, for 23-28 minutes longer or until juices run clear, turning and basting frequently with marinade. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Tarragon-Lime Chicken in Country Chicken Cookbook 1995, p93

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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angelasandoval User ID: 2401339 17974
Reviewed May. 13, 2012

"Disappointing for my expectations. You really couldn't discern the tarragon in it at all."

driv0656 User ID: 5488790 39311
Reviewed Apr. 28, 2011

"Not even going to lie, I'm not too fond of tarragon because it can be a bit on the overwhelming side. This recipe, however, seemed to have a good balance that was not overwhelming. I would definitely suggest that you give it a go!"

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