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Tarragon Chicken Kiev

Total Time

Prep: 1-1/2 hour + freezing Bake: 20 min.


4 servings

This wonderful recipe prompted me to buy a french tarragon plant to I always have it fresh on hand. It is the best in the spring but it is still flavorful all year round.—Ann Harris, Fresno, California


  • 6 tablespoons butter, softened, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves
  • Salt, pepper and ground nutmeg to taste
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 4-1/2 teaspoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1-1/4 cups chicken broth
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon or 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice


  1. In a small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons butter and tarragon; chill. Shape tarragon butter into four 2-in. logs; freeze until firm. Flatten chicken to 1/8-in. thickness; season with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Center a butter log on each chicken breast. Roll up and tuck in ends; secure with a toothpick. In a shallow bowl, beat egg and water. Coat chicken with flour, then dip in egg mixture and roll in bread crumbs. In a skillet, cook chicken in remaining butter until golden brown. Transfer to a greased 8-in. square baking pan. Bake, uncovered, at 350° for 20 minutes or until chicken juices run clear.
  2. Meanwhile, for sauce, melt butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in flour and mustard until smooth. Gradually stir in broth and tarragon. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Reduce heat. In a bowl, combine egg yolks and lemon juice. Gradually whisk a small amount of hot mixture into yolks. Return all to the pan, stirring constantly. Cook and stir until sauce reaches 160°, about 1 minute. Discard toothpicks from chicken; serve with sauce.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 434 calories, 31g fat (17g saturated fat), 244mg cholesterol, 701mg sodium, 25g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 13g protein.

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