Graybo’s Yummy Tarragon Chicken

Really, it’s yummy.

INGREDIENTS (serves two):

  • 1 small tub (200ml) of crème fraîche, reduced fat if you must.
  • 2 chicken breasts, roughly cubed. For goodness sake, get decent chicken, not cheap water-filled, factory-farmed rubbish.
  • 1 leek, trimmed and thinly sliced
  • a little butter
  • a little olive oil
  • a good handful of tarragon, roughly chopped or torn, stems removed. You’ve got this growing outside the door, right?
  • tagliatelli sufficient for two. Fresh stuff.
  • black pepper
  • a bottle of good red wine, maybe two


  • open the wine. Have a glass for yourself and one for your dining partner.
  • boil some water for doing the tag.
  • in a large pan or, better still, a wok, melt a good dollop of butter over a medium to high heat.
  • fry the leek until just beginning to soften. Remove from the pan and reserve.
  • refill your glasses.
  • add a little olive oil to the pan and get it hot.
  • throw in the chicken and scoot around the pan until lightly browned.
  • get the tag going (I assume you have decent fresh pasta, none of the dried stuff – if you have dried pasta, you should have started this a while ago).
  • add the entire pot of crème fraîche to the chicken. Stir.
  • return the leeks to the pan. Stir some more.
  • mill in some black pepper (nice if you have one of those crusher-type mills, rather than a grinding-type). Stir it.
  • throw in the tarragon. Yes, you guessed – stir.
  • stir it all up some more.
  • drain the pasta and get it on the plate.
  • pour the chicken/tarragon/leek/crème fraîche mix over the top.
  • blimey, those glasses look low. Top ’em up.
  • Eat. Drink. Relax. Candles. Good music. You know the deal.

Takes but ten minutes. Ideal for Friday night. We had it after a starter of fresh local asparagus with shaved parmesan, butter and apple balsamic vinegar. With gin. And tonic.

2 Replies to “Graybo’s Yummy Tarragon Chicken”

  1. I might have a crack at that one day, I love tarragon, and in the meantime I’ll practice the red wine part as often as possible.

  2. And that day has come! I shall be preparing Graybo’s Yummy Tarragon Chicken this very evening. Prepare for brickbats or bouquets tomorrow!

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