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Sautéed Chicken Breasts with Tarragon Cream Sauce

Simple sautés such as this are perfect for quick meals. The sauce has a delicate tarragon flavor; thyme would also be a good herb to try here.

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  • Servings: 4

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  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 1 1/3 pounds in all)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon, or 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream



  1. In a medium frying pan, heat the butter over moderate heat. Season the chicken with 1/4 teaspoon of the salt and the pepper and add it to the pan. Cook the chicken until brown, about 5 minutes. Turn and cook until just done, 4 to 5 minutes longer. Remove the chicken from the pan and put it in a warm spot.
  2. Reduce the heat to moderately low. Stir in the onion and cook until starting to soften, about 2 minutes. Sprinkle the flour over the onion and stir to combine. Increase the heat to moderate; whisk in the wine and the tarragon, and cook until the sauce starts to thicken, about 2 minutes. Stir in the cream, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and any accumulated chicken juices. Serve the sauce over the chicken.

Serve With

Rice along with a simple vegetable such as steamed asparagus or sautéed zucchini and carrots would round out the meal nicely.

Suggested Pairing

The richness of the cream sauce will contrast well with a fresh white wine from the north of Italy. Try a Tocai Friulano, Pinot Grigio, or Pinot Bianco from an area such as Collio or the Alto Adige.

Photo © Melanie Acevedo

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