Tarragon Poached Chicken Recipe

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A delectable sauce starring Dijon mustard and white wine tops off the poached-to-perfection chicken in Herbert Bray's delightful meal-in-one-dinner. "People who taste this unique dish can't believe I found it in a collection of lighter recipes," he reports from Johnstown, Pennsylvania. Carrots and onions are cooked with the chicken and round out the meal nicely.
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1-1/2 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup white wine or additional reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 medium celery ribs, thinly sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons dried tarragon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (4 ounces each)
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/8 teaspoon browning sauce, optional
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • Hot cooked rice, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 206 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 66mg cholesterol, 673mg sodium, 13g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 2g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 vegetable.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, combine the first eight ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes. Add chicken; cover and simmer 15-20 minutes longer or until chicken juices run clear. With a slotted spoon, remove chicken and vegetables to a serving dish.
  2. Combine cornstarch, water, mustard and browning sauce if desired until smooth; whisk into poaching liquid. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Spoon over chicken and vegetables; sprinkle with parsley. Serve over hot cooked rice if desired. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Tarragon Poached Chicken in Light & Tasty April/May 2004, p11

Full-Bodied White Wine

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

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