Adapted from Good Housekeeping, this Creamy Baked Chicken Recipe has the most amazing flavor from the tarragon! Serve it with a side of veggies or a salad to round out your dinner.
I have a newfound love for tarragon. My go-to herbs (for eating and growing) are usually basil, cilantro, thyme and rosemary. And while I still love those flavors I personally feel tarragon is sometimes the forgotten herb around here that should be used more often!
But, with all that said – if you aren’t a fan of tarragon yourself – this baked chicken dish would still be great with fresh thyme or rosemary instead. It’s honestly hard to mess this one up. :)
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Very thin to be called “creamy” so had to be thickened. And just not very flavourful.
could I sub Yogurt for sour cream?
While we haven’t tried, Greek yogurt would be our recommendation. – Nicole
Sauce was very thin and didn’t have time to play around with it to thicken.
Made this the other night and loved it! The only change I’d do next time is use either bone in chicken breasts or boneless breasts. Didn’t love the thighs but it’s not the recipe’s fault :)
This is a great recipe. If you remove the tarragon you’re left with a great basic sauce that you can season with pretty much anything to suit what you have on hand/availability of fresh produce. The fresh herbs at my grocery store were looking a little less than fresh so I subbed in an eyeballed tsp of dried Italian herbs mix and it tasted lovely. I also subbed the white wine for 3/4 cup chicken broth with a couple tbsp of white wine vinegar to taste, as sometimes I don’t want to cook with wine. I also sprinkled some spice mix that contained paprika on the chicken before browning, and it gave a nice rich color to the sauce. The chicken came out moist and delicious and I’m having trouble keeping the left overs for the rest of the week rather than gorging myself. A keeper for sure!
The sour cream curdled abs separated. Any idea why?
You should whisk it in after turning off the heat at the end. That’s my go to to keep it from curdling.
My mother in law frequently uses sour cream in soups. Since dairy dairy curdles it is added at the end of cooking. She suggests slowly bringing the sour cream up to temp by adding in spoonfuls of the hot liquid to the sour cream in a separate bowl before incorporating into the finished product.
This was excellent!
This was delicious!!! I will definitely be making it again! I used Anise seed (dried), because I saw that it was a good substitute for tarragon, and I didn’t have any tarragon on hand. I think you could double the amount of chicken (if you have a large family or want leftovers), because the amount of sauce was more than enough, plenty to spare! But I was eating it by the spoonful because it was soooo good!!! By the way, my family and I are on a budget, so we used the $2.98 bottle of Pinot Grigio from Walmart (Oakleaf), and it was just fine!!
great for chicken lovers.
I made with sautéed zucchini sprinkled with Parmesan. And yes, the sauce would be wonderful over egg noodles.
Made this tonight and it was amazing!! Added mushrooms and thickened the sauce just a bit. Used boneless skinless thighs (bought by accident) but they were yummy (first time cooking chicken thighs…hooked!). Tarragon smelled awfully pungent and unusual before cooking but taste was muted after cooking. My husband is taking leftovers to work tomorrow which means it was a BIG HIT! Thanks so much!
I am wanting to make this with boneless, skinless chicken breasts…..would I need to make any changes, or just reduce the cooking time?
I am wondering the same.
Ditto, trader Joe’s doesn’t sell bone in chicken theighs in their organic free range line, sigh, so I would have to use boneless thighs.
Hi there. Yes, boneless will cook in less time. The best gauge would be to use internal temperature to adjust the time: http://www.livestrong.com/article/555530-baking-boneless-chicken-vs-bone-in-chicken/.
Is there a white wine you can recommend for cooking?
Hi. Any dry white will work. You do not need to spend a lot.
What are recommendations for side dish? A
I was going to ask if it would be good to double the sauce and make pasta? Egg noodles?
This looks delicious!! I’m definitely going to add this to my recipe rotation.
This recipe says freezer-friendly. At what point would you freeze this?
We would recommend freezing after it’s been cooked. – Nicole