Tarragon Chicken and mashed potatoes
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French Tarragon Chicken

This classic French dish is so simple and easy to prepare. The tarragon pairs perfectly with the chicken, which is browned and cooked in a butter and olive oil sauce. Serve with heaps of mashed potatoes for a perfect meal. :-)
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time33 mins
Total Time43 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Chicken
Servings: 4 people
Author: Grace


  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 large chicken thighs - bone in and skin on approximately 2.5-3 lbs
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 2 ts tarragon 2 ts minced plus extra for garnish
  • 3 green onions sliced
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • salt to taste
  • pepper to taste


  • Take out your chicken, and allow to come to room temperature (approximately 30 min). Add generous amounts of salt and pepper to both sides of the chicken.
  • Add the butter and olive oil to your skillet, set to heat on medium-high.
  • Once the skillet is hot, add the chicken. Fry each side for approximately 5 minutes, or until nicely browned.
  • Add the shallots and green onions, and lower the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, turning the chicken after 10 minutes.
    shallots and green onions and tarragon
  • After 20 minutes, increase the heat to high, and add your wine and minced tarragon. Cook for 2-3 minutes until the sauce is reduced a bit and take off the heat. Add another sprinkling of salt and pepper, garnish with additional tarragon leaves, and the dish is ready to serve.
    chicken with tarragon and mashed potatoes


Serve the tarragon chicken with buttery mashed potatoes and a side salad.  Enjoy this Poulet a l'Estragon!