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Chicken Tarragon Recipe Card

A French classic recipe for tender creamy and delicious roasted chicken with a white wine tarragon sauce.  This is a must try recipe and your family will love it. The recipe is simple to make and some great aromatic and herb flavors. 

Course Main dish
Cuisine French
Keyword basted chicken, cream sauce, oven roasted
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 servings
Calories 337 kcal


  • 2-3 lbs roaster chicken cut into pieces
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp tarragon dried
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • ½ cup white wine
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • 2 carrots peeled and thinly sliced
  • ¼ cup celery minced
  • 4 shallots minced
  • 4 bay leaves


  1. Preheat oven to 300F.
  2. Sprinkle chicken pieces with salt and pepper. In a Dutch oven over medium heat place 1 Tbsp. of olive oil and brown the chicken on both sides until it is about ¾ of the way cooked.
  3. Remove chicken from Dutch oven and place in a 13"x9" oven safe glass dish along with the carrots. Sprinkle with tarragon and set in oven uncovered for about 35 minutes.
  4. Scrape out the Dutch oven and toss out the scrapings.
  5. Add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil to the Dutch oven and saute the shallots and the celery until shallots begin to brown slightly.
  6. Add the stock and the wine and bring to a boil. Let it boil for about 2 minutes and turn heat down to medium. Stir in the tomato paste. Reduce the sauce to about 2 cups.
  7. Remove 1 cup of the juice and set aside.The other cup will be used to baste the chicken that is cooking in the oven. Baste every 5-10 minutes.
  8. For the cream sauce: Place cream in a small saucepan on medium heat. Slowly add the reserved 1 cup of juice stirring constantly. Reduce the sauce until it coats the back of a spoon(nappe consistency).
  9. Transfer the chicken from glass dish back to the Dutch oven to serve.
  10. Pour cream sauce over chicken.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Tarragon Recipe Card
Amount Per Serving
Calories 337 Calories from Fat 216
% Daily Value*
Fat 24g37%
Saturated Fat 8g50%
Cholesterol 84mg28%
Sodium 623mg27%
Potassium 445mg13%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 16g32%
Vitamin A 3905IU78%
Vitamin C 5.2mg6%
Calcium 45mg5%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.