Real Fast Food: Chicken Tarragon

Nico usually lacks confidence in cooking for Markus, Sha and Jo. (we are all better at cooking than him J) So when he volunteers to cook for us, we humour him and so far he has never failed to feed us well.

Tonight’s menu is from his favourite recipe book from one of his favourite chefs:
Real Fast Food by Nigel Slater.
He cooked Tarragon Chicken. An easy dish to make and very delicious dish at that.

How to do a real fast food:

4 large boneless chicken breasts
50 g butter
8 sprigs of tarragon
250ml double cream
2-3 tsp wine or tarragon vinegar or lemon juice

1) Slice the chicken breasts into strips about 1cm or half an inch
2)Melt the butter into a shallow pan over a medium heat
3)Strip the tarragon leaves from their stems
4)When butter starts to sizzle add chicken and tarragon.
5)Cook chicken until it has coloured lightly about 3 mins.
6)Move the chicken around the pan but remember the skin must turn golden to give a good flavour.
7)Pour in cream and let it simmer, until it thickens slightly for another 3 mins.
8)Add a tsp of wine or tarragon vinegar or lemon, taste, then add a second, taste and add a third if you wish.

We serve it with garlic fried rice and mixed curly leaves salad, with feta of course from our favourite cheese shop in Athens.

Wine: Chardonnay from the vineyards of Montagny, Burgundy. Blason de Bourgogne (2001) White Burgundy, light, fresh, lemony with fragrant quality.

Born in the Philippines, raised in Europe and globetrotter.


  • Thess

    March 14, 2005 at 2:42 am

    Chicken Tarragon is one favorite dish of mine..and you’re right, this is easy to prepare…but the taste is heavenly.

    Hi Schatzli, this is Thess..Che’s friend returning the visit 🙂

    and I think I’ll be back again

  • drstel

    March 15, 2005 at 4:45 am

    hellow sha, i can taste it already! must remember to plant tarragon IF spring ever comes back to us…huhu. you think it would work over pasta and then feta on top?

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