Chicken Fricassee With Tarragon {Recipe}

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Fricassee is a classic French stew of chicken and vegetables, cooked in white wine and finished with a touch of cream. The light tarragon-infused sauce begs to be sopped up with crusty bread.


Cook Time25 min
Prep Time15 min
Yields4 serv.



·         2 ½ pounds chicken, pieces (breast halves, thighs, and drumsticks) – bone-in, skin removed

·         ¼ teaspoon salt

·         pepper, black – to taste

·         2 tablespoons flour, all-purpose

·         1 tablespoon oil, olive, extra virgin

·         5 large shallot(s) – finely chopped, (about 1 cup)

·         1 cup wine, dry white

·         1 ½ cups broth, chicken, less sodium

·         1 medium carrot(s) – peeled and thinly sliced

·         1 pound mushrooms, fresh small button – wiped clean and halved or quartered

·         4 sprig(s) tarragon, fresh

·         4 teaspoons tarragon, fresh – chopped

·         1 tablespoon cornstarch

·         1 tablespoon water

·         ¼ cup sour cream, reduced-fat

·         2 teaspoons mustard, Dijon



1.       Season chicken with salt and pepper. Dredge in flour, shaking off the excess. Heat oil in a large deep skillet or Dutch oven. Add chicken; cook until browned, about 4 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate.

2.       Add shallots to the pan; cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add wine and scrape up any browned bits. Simmer until reduced slightly, about 3 minutes.

3.       Add broth; bring to a simmer. Return the chicken to the pan; add carrot, mushrooms and tarragon sprigs. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer gently until the chicken is tender and no longer pink in the center, about 20 minutes.

4.       Transfer the chicken to a plate; cover with foil to keep warm. Discard tarragon sprigs. Increase heat to medium-high. Simmer the cooking liquid for 2 to 3 minutes to intensify flavor.

5.       Add cornstarch mixture and cook, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. Whisk in sour cream, mustard and chopped tarragon. Serve immediately.


Nutritional Information (per serving)

Saturated Fat:3g
Dietary Fiber1g
Total Fat:10g



  1. Sandy VanHoey says

    Looks delicious, just pinned. Thanks for sharing!

  2. This looks mouth watering. My daughter and I were just trying to come up with a different way to make chicken this weekend. I ‘m definitely going to try this. Thanks so much for sharing.
    Carol L.


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