Lemon Tarragon Chicken Fricassee

A light, vibrant twist on an elegant yet effortless classic.


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Prep Time
30 min
30 min


  • 1/4 cup plus 1 tbsp white whole-wheat flour, divided
  • 1/2 tsp fresh ground pepper, divided
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt, divided
  • 2 6-oz boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 tbsp safflower oil, divided
  • 4 oz white or brown button mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 small leek, halved lengthwise and sliced
  • 1/2 cup peeled and julienned carrots
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Dijon mustard
  • 4 tsp chopped fresh tarragon leaves, plus additional for garnish
  • 2 2-oz pieces whole-grain baguette, optional


  1. On a large plate, spread 1/8 cup flour, 1/8 tsp pepper and 1/8 tsp salt. Dredge both sides of chicken in mixture to coat.
  2. In a large skillet, heat 1½ tsp oil on medium-high. Shake off excess flour from chicken and add to skillet. Cook, turning once, until golden brown and cooked through, 4 to 6 minutes per side. Transfer to a clean plate and cover to keep warm a clean plate and cover to keep warm.
  3. Let skillet cool slightly, then wipe out any remaining flour. Return skillet to medium-high heat and add remaining 1½ tsp oil. Add mushrooms, leek and remaining ¼ tsp pepper and 1/8 tsp salt and sauté, stirring frequently, until liquid evaporates and mushrooms are tender and lightly
  4. browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Add carrots and sauté until tender-crisp, 1 to 2 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle remaining 1 tbsp flour over vegetables, stirring constantly until flour is fully incorporated, about 1 minute. Add broth and use a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits from bottom of skillet. Bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium-low and cook until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes.
  6. To skillet, add lemon juice, mustard and 4 tsp tarragon and stir well to combine. Return chicken and any juices to skillet. Spoon vegetable mixture over chicken and cook until heated through, 1 to
  7. minutes. Garnish with additional tarragon and serve with baguette (if using).

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 chicken breast and 2/3 cup vegetables
  • Calories 327
  • Carbohydrate Content 18 g
  • Cholesterol Content 383 mg
  • Fat Content 10 g
  • Fiber Content 3 g
  • Protein Content 40 g
  • Saturated Fat Content 2 g
  • Sodium Content 90 mg
  • Sugar Content 4 g
  • Monounsaturated Fat Content 0 g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat Content 5 g