Chicken Tarragon

pesky dragons and their worts

So apparently tarragon is also known as ‘dragon’s wort‘.

I can understand why it prefers to be known as tarragon.

Apparently, waaaay back when time first began, herbalists believed it could cure snake-bite. Over the years ‘snake’ become ‘dragon’ and there you have it. Worty dragons.

But I digress. It doesn’t really matter what you call it, tarragon is still one of my all-time favourite herbs.

This is a very easy mid-week supper kind of dish. It requires a bit of preparation beforehand to make the tarragon butter but the whole thing can be pulled together in an hour and a half.

The idea is that a well of tarragon butter nestles inside the chicken and spills out when it’s cut open. Y’know…like a very tasty magic trick.

I served mine with mashed sweet potato which was an excellent vehicle for sucking up the excess butter. Salad just won’t cut it with this one, it’s like I always say: go big or go home.*

*I’ve never said that before.

Chicken Tarragon (serves 2)

  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 5 tsps dried tarragon (you can also use fresh, I only used dried because fresh was unavailable and I wasn’t willing to give up on my tasty dream)
  • 1 tsp dried parsley
  • 1 tsp lemon
  • 4 tbsps butter
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp EVOO
  1. Blend together the butter, herbs and lemon juice. Put into the freezer until it hardens (I left mine in there 30 mins).
  2. Carefully slice your chicken breasts through the middle, not going all the way, but rather creating a flap. Butterfly each chicken breast (spread it out) and place it on clingfilm/plastic wrap. Put another layer of clingfilm over the top and then pound the chicken until it is flattened.
  3. Put a lump of tarragon butter in each chicken breast along the seam and then roll it up tightly so it seals.
  4. Brush the outside of the chicken with olive oil and season. Place on a lined baking tray and bake at 400 for 25 minutes.

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