Chicken Thighs with Tarragon and White Wine

Chicken Thighs with Tarragon and White Wine Sauce -

My husband has been on a SERIOUS barbecue chicken kick lately.  I swear, I think the last eight times I’ve made chicken he wanted it barbecued. so that’s what we had.  Until last Sunday, when I said, ” Honey, PUH-LEASE!  I’m sick of barbecued chicken.”

He very reluctantly agreed to let me try something new.  I mean come on, I’ve been making this man’s dinner for over four years.  You think he would trust me by now.

After making this recipe, I realized I really should cook with tarragon more often. It has a sweet, coconut-y (is that even a word), tobacco-y (again, word?) quality that intrigues me. The sauce is what makes this dish. Heck, I would go do far as to call it a gravy. You’ll want to spoon it over your chicken and then save it to spoon over something else.  Even The Husband agreed it was a good choice – maybe even better than barbecued chicken.

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Chicken with Tarragon and White Wine

Inspired by Giada De Laurentiis
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Course: Main Courses
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Lisa B.


For the chicken:

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 4 1/2-pound chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Flour for dusting

For the sauce:

  • 1 1/2 cups about 10 ounces frozen pearl onions
  • 4 cloves garlic halved
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh tarragon leaves plus 2 tablespoons
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter


For the chicken:

  • In a Dutch oven or large saucepan, heat the oil over high heat.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper, to taste, and dust with flour.
  • Cook the chicken, turning occasionally, until brown on all sides, about 8 minutes.
  • Remove the chicken and set aside.

For the sauce:

  • Heat the same pan used for the chicken over medium-high heat. Add the onions and garlic and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Cook, stirring frequently, until softened, about 5 minutes.
  • Increase the heat to high. Add the wine and scrape up the brown bits that cling to the bottom of the pan with a wooden spoon.
  • Return the chicken pieces to the pan. Add 3 cups of chicken broth and 1/2 cup of tarragon and bring the mixture to a boil. Reduce the heat to a simmer, cover the pan and cook, turning the chicken pieces over every 10 minutes, until cooked through, about 40 minutes total. Transfer the chicken to a platter and loosely tent with foil while finishing the sauce.
  • In a small bowl, mix together the remaining 1/3 cup chicken broth and flour. Whisk the flour mixture into the sauce until smooth. Bring the sauce to a simmer and cook, uncovered, until thickened, about 8 to 10 minutes.
  • Stir in the butter and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve the sauce over the chicken and garnish with the remaining 2 tablespoons of tarragon.

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  1. What a wonderful recipe. It was about time, after 4 years or so, to venture out of the chicken comfort zone. On the other hand, I wish my hubby would whip out the BBQ more often! xo

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