Chicken with Tarragon and Cream Sauce

Chicken with Tarragon and Cream SauceBeloved is home, and is the poor man tired.  I thought he was going to cry with relief when I reminded him we had a 3-day weekend this week, and he wasn’t in any shape to get up when The Young One and I did at 5:45 a.m. this morning, so I left him in bed.  I got the boy off to school and came into the office, and as of this writing, approximately 9:00 a.m., I still have not heard from him.

Which is a good thing.

We’re going to send out the summer with a bang this weekend and do lots and lots of barbecuing – ribs one day, hamburgers another, perhaps a smoked turkey breast yet another – but I’m making this tonight.  It’s simple, quick and delicious and is excellent with homemade noodles (which I am also making).  If you don’t feel like filleting and pounding the chicken breasts thin, turkey cutlets work very well, too.

Chicken with Tarragon and Cream Sauce

serves 6 – 8

2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, filleted and pounded thin

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1 tablespoon butter

1 can low sodium chicken broth

1/4 cup fresh tarragon (or 2 tablespoons dried)

salt, to taste

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

1 large shallot, chopped fine

1 tablespoon garlic, minced

1/2 cup half and half

2 – 4 ounces cream cheese, cubed and softened

Heat oil and butter in a large skillet. Season each breast with salt and pepper, then rub with tarragon.

Sautee shallots until soft and transclucent. Add garlic, sauteeing quickly, until soft, about 30 seconds. Add chicken, frying until brown and done through, about 3 minutes on each side. Remove to platter and keep warm.

Add chicken broth to skillet and bring to boil. Reduce by half, lower heat to medium, then add half and half and cheese, stirring until cheese is melted. Reduce heat to low, and add chicken back to pan and heat through.

9 thoughts on “Chicken with Tarragon and Cream Sauce”

  1. It sounds like you are going to have a great long week-end, mine was last week-end, I had a really fairy tale one. Now it is back to work, not a holiday here, so just the normal week-end. The summer is still ferocious here in Madrid. I am so ready for Fall.
    Love that tarragon chicken, make it a lot, not exactly like your recipe but very close.
    .-= Celeste Maia´s last blog .. =-.

  2. Sounds like a lovely weekend of cooking and eating. This chicken really does sound good and easy to make. Since I’m not cooking these days I will have to file this recipe for future use. Glad your beloved is home now. I bet it was hard for him to leave that new grandson.
    .-= Lori´s last blog ..Sleepless in Minnesota =-.

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