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French Tarragon Chicken in a cast iron skillet

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. :-)
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 27 mins
Total Time 37 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people
Calories 76 kcal


  • 3 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon 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
  • ½ 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.
    Browned Chicken thighs seasoned with coarse pepper frying in butter in a cast iron skillet
  • Add the shallots and green onions, and lower the heat and simmer for 14 minutes, turning the chicken after 7 minutes. Stir around every few minutes so that there is even browning of the shallots and green onions. You may need to cook the chicken a few extra minutes to ensure it is thoroughly cooked through (depending on thickness of your chicken).
    Browned chicken thighs in a cast iron skillet topped with chopped green onions and diced shallots
  • After 10 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.
    French Tarragon Chicken in a cast iron skillet


Serve the tarragon chicken with buttery mashed potatoes and a side salad.  I recommend pouring the residual butter, olive oil, and wine sauce with shallots and green onions over the chicken and mashed potatoes!.  Enjoy this Poulet a l'Estragon!


Calories: 76kcalCarbohydrates: 4gProtein: 1gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 17mgPotassium: 118mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 130IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 32mgIron: 1mg
Keyword Chicken
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