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Chicken with Tarragon Sauce

This is comfort food at its finest. I cook it at least once a week and usually serve it with homemade mashed potatoes and sautéed fresh green beans. —Cher Schwartz, Ellisville, Missouri
  • 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


  • Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Sprinkle chicken with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper.
  • 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.
  • 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 chicken breast half with 2 tablespoons sauce: 370 calories, 26g fat (14g saturated fat), 137mg cholesterol, 547mg sodium, 3g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 0 fiber), 30g protein.

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  • Mandilyn
    Jul 23, 2019

    Great recipe. Super easy to follow. Asparagus and mash potatoes on the side. Dine and enjoy. Yum!

  • Chris
    Jun 12, 2019

    Great recipe. I give it 4 stars because it needs additional liquid to be more saucy. This is a kind of dish to serve with potatoes. Extra sauce is needed. Also I added dry sherry and extra butter. Very delicious.

  • Anna
    Mar 13, 2019

    Only thing I did differently was added more cream for extra sauce. Total hit!

  • matthew
    Oct 12, 2018

    give it 5 stars I had it with baked potato and sour cream and chives

  • Honeybez
    Dec 14, 2017

    Excellent, served with white rice.

  • Robby1
    Dec 13, 2017

    This is so easy and delicious!! Instead of salt and pepper I like to season my chicken with Mrs. Dash original before cooking. Makes the chicken delicious and along with this sauce, excellent!

  • Queenie2030
    Jan 27, 2017

    This is a fantastic recipe. If you love tarragon, you will love this. I will make this the rest of my life!

  • xlsalbums
    Nov 26, 2016

    We loved the sauce on the chicken. That was the flavor part!! I'll be making this again.

  • ryanswife
    Oct 28, 2016

    We absolutely loved this dinner. It turned out great! I like trying new recipies, but it's a gamble, most of the time they turn out but sometimes not. This is one for my recipe box for sure.

  • annrms
    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.