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Sunday, September 20, 2009

Brandied Tarragon Creamed Chicken

We had this tonight. It was fantastic! I still have fresh tarragon growing in my garden and am trying to find ways to use it!

4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breast
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 large shallots, thinly sliced
1/4 cup calvados or applejack brandy
6 large white mushrooms, thinly sliced
1/4 cup dry white wine
1/2 cup heavy cream 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon leaves
Heat 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the chicken with salt and pepper and dredge chicken lightly in flour and shake off any excess. Brown chicken 3 to 4 minutes on each side. Remove chicken and reduce heat a little and melt in remaining 2 tablespoons butter. Saute the shallots 3 minutes until soft but not browned. Remove pan from the heat, add the brandy and ignite with a long kitchen match until the flame subsides. Return pan to the heat, add mushrooms and cook 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add wine and reduce 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in cream and tarragon and slide chicken back into the pan. Reduce heat to low and simmer 8 to10 minutes. Serve over brown rice