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Creamy Tarragon Chicken

Our Creamy Tarragon Chicken is such a great easy weeknight dinner that feels elevated. We sear chicken breasts in a cast-iron skillet and then simmer them in a creamy tarragon and mustard sauce. Serve with veggies, pasta, or a little bit of creamy mashed potatoes.

Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Keyword tarragon chicken, creamy chicken, chicken in cream sauce, french chicken
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 6 chicken breasts
Calories 300 kcal


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4-6 chicken breasts
  • 3 large cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp chopped tarragon, divided
  • 3 tbsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp grain mustard
  • 1 tbsp dijon
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • pinch kosher salt
  • 1 tsp honey


  1. Heat a large cast iron skillet or regular skillet to a medium-high heat. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Add butter and olive oil to the pan. Once the butter has melted and both the oil and butter are hot. Add the chicken. Sear the chicken until golden brown, it should take about 4 minutes and will easily release from the pan when it's ready. Flip over and sear the other side for another 3-4 minutes. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside on a plate. Cover with foil.

  2. Turn the heat down to medium low. Add the garlic. Cook for 30 seconds.

  3. Add the mustard, 1/2 of the tarragon and the vinegar. It will spit and spatter. Cook for 10-15 seconds and pour in chicken stock, cream, remaining tarragon, a pinch of salt, and honey. Bring to a boil adn reduce to a simmer. Add the chicken back to the pan and simmer uncovered until the chicken is cooked through and the sauce has thickened. (Chicken is done when an instant read thermometer reaches 165 degrees. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. Serve over mashed potatoes, veggies, or pasta.

Nutrition Facts
Creamy Tarragon Chicken
Amount Per Serving (1 breast with sauce)
Calories 300 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 7g44%
Cholesterol 130mg43%
Sodium 314mg14%
Potassium 614mg18%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 396IU8%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 20mg2%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.