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Tarragon Poached Chicken

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Prep/Total Time: 30 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 30, 2022
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.
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  • 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


  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.

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