Creamy Tarragon Chicken

Creamy Tarragon Chicken

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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 6
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 219.7
  • Total Fat: 4.4 g
  • Cholesterol: 69.1 mg
  • Sodium: 436.9 mg
  • Total Carbs: 12.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.0 g
  • Protein: 30.3 g

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A touch of lemon-tarragon cream elevates simply sauteed chicken breasts. Serve accompanied by whole-wheat egg noodles, rice pilaf or parslied boiled new potatoes. A touch of lemon-tarragon cream elevates simply sauteed chicken breasts. Serve accompanied by whole-wheat egg noodles, rice pilaf or parslied boiled new potatoes.
Number of Servings: 6


    Juice of 1 lemon
    1/3 cup fat free half and half
    1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
    1 teaspoon plus 1/2 cup all-purpose flour, divided
    1 teaspoon plus 1 tablespoon country crock light, divided
    3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/2 pounds), trimmed
    1/4 teaspoon pepper
    1 teaspoon olive oil
    1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth, divided, plus more as needed
    1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
    3 tablespoons finely minced fresh tarragon or dill, plus sprigs for garnish


1. Combine lemon juice and cream in a small bowl. Season with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Mash 1 teaspoon flour and 1 teaspoon butter in another small bowl until a paste forms. Set both bowls aside.

2. Dry chicken thoroughly with paper towels. Season with the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and white pepper. Dredge lightly in the remaining 1/2 cup flour, shaking off any excess. (Discard leftover flour.)

3. Heat the remaining 1 tablespoon butter and oil in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken—do not crowd the pan. Cook, turning once, until nicely browned on both sides, about 10 minutes total. Add 1/2 cup broth, reduce the heat and cover. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes. (Check to make sure the pan juices don’t run dry. If necessary, add more broth, a tablespoonful at a time, to prevent scorching.) Transfer the chicken to a clean cutting board and tent with foil.

4. Add the remaining 1/2 cup broth to the pan and bring to a boil over high heat. Cook until reduced to about 1/4 cup, 2 to 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium, add the reserved lemon cream and bring to a simmer. Gradually whisk in the reserved butter-flour paste, a few bits at a time, until the sauce coats the spoon, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in peas.

5. Reduce the heat to low and return the chicken to the pan along with tarragon (or dill). Turn to coat with the sauce and cook until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Slice the chicken and serve with the sauce, garnished with sprigs of tarragon (or dill), if desired.

Number of Servings: 6

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user DIVA3993.

Member Ratings For This Recipe

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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Fabulous! I substuted Silk Creamer and edamame and used it over brown rice. Always use fresh lemon juice and fresh herbs when possible for the best taste. - 5/10/08

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    I enjoyed this very much, but kids didn't . - 5/23/08

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    Very Good
    Very Tasty I added a lil bit more seasoning to the flour pretty good...I'd cut back on the peas as I am not a huge fan but other than Great - 5/12/08

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    Excellent recipe, but not one that can be made quickly for working people. - 5/11/08

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    sounds yummy - 5/9/08