Tarragon Chicken

Tarragon Chicken
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This Tarragon Chicken is a simple and wine free version of the classic French dish

I love this because of it’s simplicity. A traditional Tarragon Chicken has a few more steps, but I managed to shorten it and take the wine out of the picture. But don’t be fooled. This has all the flavor, just none of the fuss. Are 20 minute meals a things? Because this is definitely one of them, and it is glorious. This recipe doubles and triples in scale easily, so make it just for your family, or feed a crowd.

How to add flavor to the tarragon sauce

The sauce is made of cream and a touch of mustard and tarragon, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have layers of flavor. By sautéing the ginger and garlic in the oil as opposed to adding it to the chicken marinade, the oil is infused with great flavor. That flavor is spread throughout the whole dish, infusing into the cream and the chicken as it sears.

We need to make 20 minute meals like this Tarragon Chicken a thing

I cannot tell you how amazing it feels to have dinner on the table in 20 minutes. Using cream as a base for the sauce is responsible for saving time. The ingredients used in the chicken marinade are also effective at infusing flavor, and fast. I love using ginger and garlic, it adds so much more flavor than just using the one. It’s a trick I’ve picked up from cooking Pakistani food which notoriously uses both in most dishes.

Do you enjoy one pan meals?

Here are few other one pan meals that come together in 30 minutes or less.

Moroccan Chicken

Creamy Mushroom Chicken

Sumac Chicken

Tarragon Chicken

Tarragon Chicken

This is a wine free version of the French Classic. It comes together in 20 minutes and has great flavor, making it the perfect weeknight meal!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American, French
Servings 3


  • 1 pound chicken fillets breast or thigh
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp soy sauce low sodium
  • 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 1 tsp garlic crushed
  • 1 tsp ginger crushed
  • salt to taste
  • 1 tsp dried tarragon
  • 1 tbsp mustard paste
  • 3/4 cup cream


  • In a medium sized bowl mix together the chicken fillets, vinegar, soy sauce, worcestershire sauce, black pepper and white pepper. Let the mix sit for 5 minutes.
  • In a pan heat the oil and saute the ginger and garlic for 2 minutes. Then add the chicken fillet sand saute on either side for 3-4 minutes, or until lightly charred and cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken onto a plate, then add the cream, mustard and tarraon to the pan. Let it come to a simmer, then add the chicken back in. Simmer for 2 minutes and serve immediately.


Keep it creamy. You may want to substitute the cream, and you can, with half and half. But hear me out. Using half and half doesn’t cut as many calories as you think, and it won’t give the same consistency to the sauce as heavy cream does.
Variations.  I make this using chicken breast fillets but this works great with skinless chicken thighs. 
I haven’t used fresh tarragon in this myself, but I’m sure it’ll work great if you have some on hand. Use it sparingly though. 
Keyword Tarragon, Tarragon Chicken

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Rabea Nasir

I have tried two of your recipes, both turned out great!
However, my tarragon chicken turned extremely thick with no gravy, yours seems to be light and liquidy. Any suggestions?


Yes! In the pictures the recipe was multiplied by three, and I put all the sauce on the side so it seems like a lot! The cream is supposed to be thicker, but what you can do it cook it over a lower het so it doesn’t dry up, and add some water. I think I mentioned 2 T water if needed in the recipe.


Loved this! Love love love. I used sweet banana wax pepper juice from a jar instead of white/black pepper and marinated it for like 4 hours. Served with chicken rice. All 4 of my family members LOVED IT! oh also used garlic and ginger powder


Glad you liked it=)

Parveen khan

Dear Fatima ,I am enjoying ur recipes…….u sure r turning me into a great cook :))


Thank you peeno khala=) i’m glad you like them and try them=)

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Awesome! I love Aylanto’s Tarragon chicken. Will definitely give this a try. Thank you. 🙂


Can’t wait for you try this! let me know how it turns out!