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Tarragon Chicken

Course Poultry
Cuisine French
Keyword chicken, chicken tights, chicken with vinegar, French classic recipe, french tarragon chicken, shallots, tarragon, tarragon chicken, tomatoes, vinegar, white wine
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4 people
Calories 675 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 chicken thighs 8 chicken thighs, skin on, well rinsed, and dry with paper towels
  • salt salt
  • pepper pepper
  • .50 cup dry white wine 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 shallots 4 shallots minced
  • 1 carrot 1 small carrot peeled and diced small
  • 2 tomatoes 2 medium tomatoes, peeled, cored, seeded, and chopped
  • ½ cup white wine tarragon vinegar 1/2 cup white wine tarragon vinegar
  • 1 tarragon leaves 1 bunch tarragon leaves, minced


  1. In a large deep-sided 12-inch skillet, heat the oil with 1 tablespoon of butter over high heat. Season the chicken thighs well with salt and pepper. When the butter is melted but not smoking, add the chicken and cook on both sides until the skin turns an even golden brown, and the chicken is cooked to the desired doneness, about 12 minutes.

  2. Carefully regulate the heat to avoid scorching the skin. Do not overcrowd the skillet or cook the chicken in several batches.

  3. Transfer the chicken to a serving platter and cover it loosely with aluminum foil. Keep warm.

  4. Pour off the fat from the skillet. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and 1 tablespoon of the butter add to the wine. Deglaze the pan, scraping up any bits that may have stuck to the skillet. Add the shallots and carrots and cook for 5 minutes without browning them.

  5. Add the tomatoes and cook for several minutes.  

  6. Raise the heat to high and slowly add the tarragon vinegar. Cook for another 2 to 3 minutes. whisk in the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter, cook for 1 minute, return the chicken to the skillet, and coat well with the sauce.

  7. Cover and cook over medium heat until the chicken absorbs some of the sauce. Sprinkle with tarragon and turn the chicken pieces to coat. Serve immediately.  

Nutrition Facts
Tarragon Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 675 Calories from Fat 477
% Daily Value*
Fat 53g82%
Saturated Fat 17g106%
Trans Fat 1g
Cholesterol 244mg81%
Sodium 191mg8%
Potassium 689mg20%
Carbohydrates 5g2%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 38g76%
Vitamin A 3509IU70%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 37mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.