Braised Chicken with Tarragon Recipe

White wine, sour cream and tarragon create an elegant chicken meal.

How To Make Braised Chicken with Tarragon

An elegant chicken meal braised in white wine and butter and stuffed with tarragon leaves

  • 5 lb chicken (cleaned, nice fattened )
  • 2 bunches tarragon
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 cup sour cream
  • ⅓ cup butter
  • 1 shallot
  • salt
  • pepper
  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over very low heat.

  2. Once melted, remove it from the heat.

  3. With a spoon, remove the white foam from the surface and leave behind the milky liquid that has settled to the bottom. Use only the clear butter.

  4. Set the clarified butter aside in a bowl set over a pan of hot water until you are ready to use it.
  5. Wash the tarragon and remove the leaves from the stems.
  6. Drain on paper towel.
  7. Stuff the chicken with a quarter of the tarragon and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the clarified butter over top.
  9. Brown the chicken on all sides over medium heat, basting often with clarified butter.
  10. Peel the shallot and chop finely. In a casserole dish with a cover, place the chicken on its back, then add the shallot, white wine, ½ cup of water and a quarter of the fresh tarragon.

  11. Cover the casserole and cook in the oven for 35 minutes.
  12. Turn the chicken on one side and cook for 20 minutes longer.
  13. Turn the chicken on its other side and cook for 20 minutes longer.
  14. Remove the chicken from the casserole and keep warm.
  15. Place the casserole over the heat and reduce the cooking juices by half.
  16. Add the sour cream and the remaining tarragon, reserving the nicest leaves for garnishing the plate.
  17. Continue to reduce the sauce until a syrupy consistence is obtained.
  18. Correct the seasoning if required, then pour through a strainer, pressing the tarragon leaves well to extract all the juice.

  19. To serve, place the chicken on a serving dish and spoon the sauce over top.

  20. Garnish with a few fresh tarragon leaves.

How To Make Braised Chicken with Tarragon

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An elegant chicken meal braised in white wine and butter and stuffed with tarragon leaves

Preparation: 20 mins
Cooking: 1 hr 25 mins
Total: 1 hr 45 mins
Serves:

Ingredients

  • 5 lb chicken cleaned, nice fattened
  • 2 bunches tarragon
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 2 cup sour cream
  • cup butter
  • 1 shallot
  • salt
  • pepper

Instructions

  1. Melt butter in a small saucepan over very low heat.

  2. Once melted, remove it from the heat.

  3. With a spoon, remove the white foam from the surface and leave behind the milky liquid that has settled to the bottom. Use only the clear butter.

  4. Set the clarified butter aside in a bowl set over a pan of hot water until you are ready to use it.
  5. Wash the tarragon and remove the leaves from the stems.
  6. Drain on paper towel.
  7. Stuff the chicken with a quarter of the tarragon and season with salt and pepper.
  8. Place the chicken in a bowl and pour the clarified butter over top.
  9. Brown the chicken on all sides over medium heat, basting often with clarified butter.
  10. Peel the shallot and chop finely. In a casserole dish with a cover, place the chicken on its back, then add the shallot, white wine, ½ cup of water and a quarter of the fresh tarragon.

  11. Cover the casserole and cook in the oven for 35 minutes.
  12. Turn the chicken on one side and cook for 20 minutes longer.
  13. Turn the chicken on its other side and cook for 20 minutes longer.
  14. Remove the chicken from the casserole and keep warm.
  15. Place the casserole over the heat and reduce the cooking juices by half.
  16. Add the sour cream and the remaining tarragon, reserving the nicest leaves for garnishing the plate.
  17. Continue to reduce the sauce until a syrupy consistence is obtained.
  18. Correct the seasoning if required, then pour through a strainer, pressing the tarragon leaves well to extract all the juice.

  19. To serve, place the chicken on a serving dish and spoon the sauce over top.

  20. Garnish with a few fresh tarragon leaves.

Nutrition

  • Calcium: 243mg
  • Calories: 1618kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 7g
  • Cholesterol: 485mg
  • Fat: 124g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 7mg
  • Potassium: 1397mg
  • Protein: 109g
  • Saturated Fat: 41g
  • Sodium: 672mg
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Vitamin A: 2355IU
  • Vitamin C: 13mg
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