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French Chicken with Tarragon – Poulet au Blanc a l’Estragon

French Chicken with Tarragon (Poulet au Blanc a l'Estragon)
Written by lucywg

French Chicken with Tarragon – Poulet au Blanc a l’Estragon is a simple yet incredibly tasting French recipe. It blends quite a few ingredients into a perfect assault on your taste buds. The tarragon perfumes the chicken while the cream and white wine create a sauce that is ideal. The sauce is thick and creamy and so full of flavour, you will be licking your plate clean so nothing is wasted. As a main dish, this is perfect for those cold evenings. This warming, fanciful combination of chicken and tarragon with bay and leeks for a light, French casserole. Also, you can even cook this recipe on the hob in well under an hour.

French Chicken with Tarragon (Poulet au Blanc a l'Estragon)

French Chicken with Tarragon – Poulet au Blanc a l’Estragon

A superb chicken casserole that can be cooked on the hob and ready in under an hour.
4.71 from 51 votes
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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Casserole, Chicken
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 55 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 6 people
Calories: 477kcal



  • Place the onion, carrot, celery, tarragon sprigs, and optional white wine in a large pot.
  • Place the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables and add enough water to cover.
  • Bring to a boil over high heat, reduce the heat and simmer covered until the chicken is done, about 20 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, boil the rice in an ample amount of salted water until tender, about 20 minutes.
  • Drain and stir in the butter, salt, pepper, and paprika.
  • Arrange the rice on a serving platter and place the drained chicken breasts on top.
  • Strain the cooking liquid to make the sauce.
  • For the sauce: Heat the butter in a saucepan over moderate heat and stir in the flour and cayenne.
  • Cook for 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add the cooking liquid and bring to a boil, stirring frequently.
  • Stir in the cream and tarragon and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.
  • Simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Spoon over the chicken and serve immediately.


Sodium: 370mg | Sugar: 0.1g | Fiber: 2g | Potassium: 489mg | Cholesterol: 62mg | Calories: 477kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Fat: 21g | Protein: 9g | Carbohydrates: 59g