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This tarragon chicken is a delicious weeknight meal made with fresh tarragon and bone-in chicken pieces and wrapped up in a creamy sauce, like our creamy cajun chicken pasta.
The slow cooker is the perfect tool for making this delicious chicken tarragon. It's the perfect set-it-and-forget-it meal, like these slow cooker chicken tacos. After a couple of hours in the crockpot, you're left with perfectly tender chicken with delicious flavor.
What Is Tarragon Chicken?
Estragon, commonly known as tarragon, belongs to the perennial herb family within the sunflower family. Found extensively in the wild across Eurasia and North America, it is deliberately grown for both culinary and medicinal applications. The various types of tarragon, such as French tarragon (ideal for culinary use), Russian tarragon, and wild tarragon, come with distinct characteristics. With an aromatic profile akin to anise, tarragon is recognized as one of the four "fine herbs of French cooking," often enhancing the flavors of chicken, like in this tarragon chicken recipe.
Tarragon chicken is a dish featuring chicken seasoned with chopped tarragon, an herb known for its distinctive flavor. Using tarragon adds a unique taste to the chicken, creating a dish often associated with French cuisine. It's a flavorful and aromatic way to prepare chicken, infusing it with the rich and herbal essence of tarragon.
Why you'll love this recipe
This chicken tarragon recipe is the perfect easy weeknight dinner because all you have to do is throw everything into the slow cooker to cook for a few hours until you're ready to serve.
- Chicken broth: Adds depth and savory flavor to the sauce. You could also use a white wine like Pinot Grigio for added flavor.
- Dijon mustard: Provides a tangy and slightly spicy element to enhance the taste.
- Salt & pepper
- Bone-in chicken parts (breasts, drumsticks, and thighs), skin discarded: You can use a rotisserie chicken if you like or this whole smoked chicken.
- Garlic: Infuses the dish with aromatic and savory notes.
- Fresh tarragon leaves: Impart a distinct and aromatic licorice-like flavor to the chicken.
- Heavy cream: The base for the cream sauce.
- Cornstarch: Thickens the sauce.
- Lemon: Adds citrusy brightness to complement the dish.
- Flat-leaf parsley: Adds a fresh and herbaceous element for garnish.
How to Make Tarragon Chicken
First, pour the chicken broth into a 6-7 qt slow cooker. Now, in a small bowl, combine the mustard, 1 teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper; rub the chicken with the mustard. Then, place the chicken in the slow cooker and top it with the garlic and 2 tbs tarragon.
Next, cover and cook on low heat until the chicken is tender and an instant-read thermometer inserted into a thigh away from the bone registers an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 5 hours. Now, transfer the chicken to a serving plate and cover to keep warm.
Next, strain the pan juices into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over high heat. In a small bowl, combine the cream and cornstarch. Whisk the cream mixture into the saucepan and cook until the sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the lemon zest, parsley, and 1 tbs tarragon. Top the chicken with the zest-herb mixture.
Expert Recipe Tip
- If you didn't discard the skin but rather worked in batches, sear the chicken for 2-3 minutes per side in a large skillet over medium-high heat before placing it in the crockpot.
How to Store Leftovers & Reheat
Store leftover chicken tarragon in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days. We don't recommend freezing it as the creamy tarragon sauce may become gritty over time.
- Place a large pan over medium heat.
- Place leftover tarragon chicken in the pan and simmer until heated.
What to Serve with Tarragon Chicken
Since this meal doesn't include any carbs, you can add anything you like! If you're on a low-carb diet, you can eat it as is or add a salad. Or, if you want to add some carbs, you can dip a baguette into the creamy sauce or serve it over a bed of pasta or mashed potatoes.
Yes. If you don't have a slow cooker, a Dutch oven is the next best thing. Start by browning the chicken and then making the sauce as the recipe instructs.
Using fresh tarragon is the key to getting that classic French flavor. We highly recommend using fresh over dried.
Nope. You can use chicken breasts or chicken thighs instead for this recipe.
Slow Cooker Tarragon Chicken
- ½ cup plus 2 tbs chicken broth
- 4 tablespoon dijon mustard
- salt & pepper
- 4 lbs bone-in chicken parts - breasts. drumsticks, and thighs skin, discarded***
- 3 cloves garlic - finely chopped
- 2 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
- ⅓ heavy cream
- 2 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1 lemon - finely zested and juiced
- 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
- 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
- Pour the broth into a 6-7 qt slow cooker.
- In a small bowl, combine the mustard, 1 teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper; rub the chicken with the mustard.
- Place the chicken in the slow cooker and top with the garlic and 2 tbs tarragon.
- Cover and cook on low heat until the chicken is tender and an instant read thermometer inserted into a thigh away from the bone registers 165 degrees F, about 5 hours.
- Transfer the chicken to a serving plate and cover to keep warm.
- Strain the pan juices into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over high heat.
- In a small bowl, combine the cream and cornstarch.
- Whisk the cream mixture into the saucepan and cook until the sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and stir in the lemon juice.
- Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the lemon zest, parsley, and 1 tbs tarragon.
- Top the chicken with the zest-herb mixture.
- ***I didn’t discard the skin,but rather, working in batches, seared the chicken 2-3 minters per side in a skillet over medium high heat before placing it in the crock pot.
Nutritional informations provided as a courtesy and is only an approximatation. Values will changes based on ingredients used.
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