Tarragon chicken with creamy vegetables

Tarragon chicken with creamy vegetables


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About this recipe: Potatoes and carrots are baked in a luxuriously creamy, crème fraîche sauce, flavoured with garlic and tarragon, with marinated chicken breasts cooked on top. Serve with cherry tomatoes and a green salad.

Maggie Pannell

Serves: 4 

  • 750g new potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 large carrots, peeled
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breast fillets, about 150g each
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon or 2 tsp dried
  • 200ml half-fat crème fraîche
  • 150ml chicken stock
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 4 spring onions, finely chopped

Prep:35min  ›  Cook:1hr10min  ›  Ready in:1hr45min 

  1. Put the potatoes in a saucepan of lightly salted boiling water. Bring back to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 7 minutes. Add the whole carrots and simmer for a further 5 minutes. Drain and leave until cool enough to handle.
  2. Meanwhile, place the chicken breasts in a shallow dish. Mix together the oil, lemon juice and 1 tbsp of the chopped fresh tarragon (or 1 tsp dried) with a little salt and pepper. Drizzle this over the chicken and turn to coat. Cover and set aside to marinate in the fridge while preparing and cooking the vegetables. Preheat the oven to 190°C/gas 5.
  3. Peel and thinly slice the par-boiled potatoes. Thinly slice the carrots. Whisk the crème fraîche into the stock, then stir in the garlic, spring onions and half the remaining fresh tarragon or remaining 1 tsp of dried tarragon.
  4. Roughly layer the potatoes and carrots alternately in a lightly greased, shallow ovenproof dish, spooning a little of the crème fraîche mixture over each layer. Finish with potato slices covered with the last of the crème fraîche mixture. Cover the dish with foil and bake for 35–40 minutes.
  5. Arrange the chicken breasts on top of the potatoes and re-cover with the foil. Bake for a further 25–30 minutes until the chicken is cooked through (the juices will run clear when the chicken is pierced with a thin knife or skewer). Scatter over the remaining fresh tarragon.

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Reviews (2)


not my cup of tea, maybe I just don't like crem fraiche, I've never used it before. But this recipe did not go down well at home so I won't be doing it again - 15 Jan 2011


Tasted fine, but not really worth all the effort to par boil, slice and bake. Next time, I'll cook the veg simply, bake the chicken, and make and serve the sauce separately. - 03 Oct 2015

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