Country French Chicken

Total Time:
44 min
Prep:
18 min
Cook:
26 min

Yield:
4 servings
Level:
Intermediate

Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons (2 turns around the pan in a slow stream) extra-virgin olive oil
  • Coarse salt and pepper
  • 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast, thighs, or combination of both, cut into chunks
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 shallots, chopped
  • 3 small carrots, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 10 creminis, finely chopped
  • 4 sprigs fresh tarragon, leaves removed and chopped to about 2 tablespoons
  • A handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped
  • 1 cup dry red wine
  • 1 (32-ounce) can chunky-style crushed tomatoes or diced tomatoes in puree
  • Herb and Butter Noodles, as an accompaniment
  • Sugar snap peas, as an accompaniment
  • Herb and Butter Egg Noodles:
  • 1/2 pound extra-wide egg noodles,cooked until just tender, about 6 minutes
  • 2 tablespoons butter, cut into small bits
  • 2 sprigs fresh tarragon, leaves removed and chopped to about 1 tablespoon
  • A handful flat-leaf parsley leaves, chopped to about 2 tablespoons
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Steamed Snap Peas:
  • 1 1/2 pounds snap peas, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons butter
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon (a couple of pinches) salt
Directions

In a large skillet over medium high heat, warm the olive oil. Season the chicken, brown it in the oil for 2 or 3 minutes on each side, and remove to a plate.

Return pan to stove and reduce heat to medium. Add butter to the pan and saute the shallots, carrots, and mushrooms. Saute for 3 to 5 minutes until mushrooms darken and carrot bits are fork tender. Add tarragon and parsley and stir. Add wine and reduce liquid for 1 or 2 minutes. Add tomatoes to the sauce and stir to combine. Add chicken back to the pan and simmer chicken in sauce for 6 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and juices run clear.

Serve chicken with Herb and Butter Noodles and Sugar Snap Peas.

Herb and Butter Egg Noodles:

Toss the cooked egg noodles with butter bits and herbs in a bowl until butter melts, about 1 minute. Season noodles with salt and pepper. Yield: 4 servings

Steamed Snap Peas:

Place snap peas in 1/2-inch boiling water with butter and a sprinkle of 1 teaspoon sugar. Reduce heat to simmer. Cover and steam snap peas 3 minutes. Remove cover and season snap peas with a little salt. Serve cooked snap peas with slotted spoon to allow for draining.

Yield: 4 servings


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I have been making this dish for years and it's a favorite at parties (served buffet style). It's very easy to prepare and the longer it sits on the stove on low flame, the better it tastes. It also freezes very well. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This looks awesome but I shy away from recipes using wine--don't like to taste in anything. What do I substitute for red or white wine in recipes? item not reviewed by moderator and published
I make this all the time. I love it and so does my very picky husband!!! The flavor added by the terragon makes the dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was probably one of the worst recipes I have made in a long time. My husband, who doesn't like chicken, said that the chicken was the best tasting part of the entire dish. The tomatoes were way too over powering. Rachel Ray's receipes in her cookbooks are great, but I really feel she let us down with this one. I would not ever make this again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an amazing dish! It has become a family favorite for the past year. It tastes even better the second day so I have begun fixing it one day in advance. I also recommend having a nice slice of olive bread along with it to soak up every last bit of the sauce. item not reviewed by moderator and published
It was so gross. I though it was going to be different. I usually love Rachael Ray recipes. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I just finished this and it was pretty disgusting. This feels more Italian than French, and the tarragon makes the dish taste like tobacco! Yuck! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I was very disappointed. Not only in the dish but in the fact that it has the EXACT ingredient list as the Terragon Chicken. I did not like the flavor of the tomato, red wine and terragon and I use a really good bottle of Pinot Noir too. What a waste of good wine. This was my first RR recipe not sure if I will waste the money on trying any more. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The tomatoes were a little overpowering. The second time I made it, I only used half as much tomato and increased the carrots and mushrooms. I also used white wine instead of red. Came out much better. I have even used thick cut pork chops instead of the chicken and just let them simmer for a while. When I use pork chops, I brown the chops and saute some finely diced pancetta then add everything else. It's really delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was a pretty quick dinner to make and tasted even better the second day. I wanted to punch up the flavor a bit so I made some modifications. Used 2 cups of wine (1c dry marsala, 1c sweet marsala), a little extra mushroom and tarragon, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1 (14oz) can of diced tomatoes in addition to the crushed tomatoes. I let it cook a bit longer to burn off some of the liquid and it came out perfectly. The sweet marsala helped cut the acidity of the tomatoes and the tarragon gave it a beautiful flavor. Will definitely make again. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was very easy. I made it for dinner with some friends and accompanied it with local homemade egg noddles and everyone liked it. The fresh tarragon is a must and I even added a little extra. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Amazing recipe. Almost no prep needed (I chopped the mushrooms, but then I did everything else while other stuff was going). I made a few subs to make it healthier (grilled the chicken instead of sauteing it, used less butter), and it was so fast and easy! The tarragon gave it a great complexity and it was fairly sweet as well. Delicious! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was delicious. My kids loved it too. I substituted fresh rosemary for the tarragon and used 28 oz of fire roasted Hunt's diced tomatoes. Also, I let the chicken simmer on low for about three hours. The meat was so tender and flavorful. Perfect meal with crusty French bread. Leftovers are delicious too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this chicken sans the mushrooms and tarragon b/c I cannot remember what tarragon taste like. It came out good but I think it would be better with white wine instead of red. item not reviewed by moderator and published
My S.O. and I found this dish to be "okay". I used a large can of whole tomatoes that I chopped myself instead of a can of crushed tomatoes. Even with the tarragon added, I still found the flavours to be a bit lacking. Again, it was a decent dish, but nothing that made us say, "Wow! This is good!" item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe was great! I used boneless chicken thighs and omitted mushrooms. All of the herbs made it taste really fresh and healthy. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is the sauce seemed a little sweet at the end, so I added a bunch of salt, pepper, and crushed red chiles to balance it out. item not reviewed by moderator and published
SIMPLE, SATISFYING, & COMFORTING item not reviewed by moderator and published
I am new at the cooking idea and this seemed easy enough....I couldn't believe that I made something that tastes so great, it may be my inspiration to keep this cooking thing gooing....anyway great, quick, easy recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this and the flavor just lasts in your mouth well after you've stoped eating it. If you can stop eating it that is.. Great one to recomend to friends and family! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was so quick and easy!! Thank you so much Rachel Ray. I have subbed the tarrogon for basil, I just liked it better, but I still love this dish. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I subbed sage for the tarragon as we are not huge tarragon fans, but that was it. I would agree that the tomatoes are a bit acidic and drown the mushroom and shallot flavor a bit so I think a pinch of sugar could cut that down. The noodles and snap peas were both great! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Absolutely amazing, this is a favorite meal among family and friends. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was tasty and easy. The chicken had a nice sweet taste to it that you don't always get when cooking chicken. item not reviewed by moderator and published
. . . doesn't mean you have to eat it then. I let the chicken simmer for a while. The flavors really melded. It was very nice. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I have been making this for a few years now. We love it and I find the tarragon to be just fine. My husband likes it over rice too. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe has become one of our family favorites. I have served it over egg noodles and angel hair pasta. The tarragon gives this dish such a great flavor. Give this one a try. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Whole family loved it. Great new taste for chicken. Easy to make. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Made this whole meal last night. I just love that fresh tarragon flavor that shines through in each bite. item not reviewed by moderator and published
great dish! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is one dish that my husband demands over and over again. We love the fresh taste and the simplicity of the meal. Thanks, Rachel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I made this recipe one Saturday because it looked simple and I had all of the ingredients. Not only was it simple, but it tasted incredible. If you like mushrooms I would add more, and you could probably cut back on the tomtaoes a bit, but I was wowed. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I loved it! It was very easy to make and it taste wonderful, I couldn't get enough. Taste great next day also as leftovers. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This is an excellent quick and relatively easy chicken dish. The taste and appearance are exceptional. My family loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This Dish is outstanding and pretty Easy to make. Everyone loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This dish was wonderful. I loved all the flavors in this recipe. My husband couldn't believe all the flavor in a dish I put together in a matter of minutes. The eggs noodles were such a hit. Thanks again for an awesome recipe! item not reviewed by moderator and published
We absolutely loved this dish, it was so flavorful. We're going to do it with beef next time because the red wine and tarragon just seem a natural match with a really good cut of beef. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I added a few ingredients to this recipe.I added chopped red peppers,onion, garlic and twice the mushrooms,I used a semi-sweet wine with the tomatoes and reduced it down. Served it with french bread and salad..no noodles, Big hit! I would make this dish for guests. item not reviewed by moderator and published
WOW! What a wonderful delight on a snowy and cold day. My husband and I absolutely loved this dish and you will too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
This was very delicious. I think next time, I will use the dark meat only. The white meat tends to dry out in a braised dish such as this one. I made a side of linguini and used the sauce from the dish over the linguini. Everyone loved it! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Meal was a easy prep and full of flavor, fresh tarrigon and parsley gave the chicken a new taste, wine and vegetables sauce complimented the buttered egg noodles and sugar peas rounded out the meal. I will put a star next to this recipe in my collection. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This recipe is good if you like tarragon, but that is definitely an acquired taste. I have made this 2 times and the last time for a dinner party and only 1/2 of the people liked it. Its a good thing i always make 2 main course dishes! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Especially good on a cold winter's day! Quick and easy and it smells great! Even my kids ate it like it was going out of style! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Once again I had to do a little dance and use some substitutions for this recipe, but it turned out really well. The terragon, red wine, and tomatoes' flavor blended together into a savory treat. The preparation was really easy, but make sure that you have all of your ingredients ready before starting, otherwise you may be caught in a bit of a crunch towards the end of the recipe. Thanks Rachel! item not reviewed by moderator and published
Excellent meal that is healthy and children enjoy to eat at dinner time. item not reviewed by moderator and published
Pretty bland, not much flavor to it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
The recipe was easy and fast, but we're not partial to the tarragon flavor. It was a little too anise-ey for us. I think next time we'll replace the tarragon with extra parsley. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I experiment with new recipes on a group of very close friends a lot and this one got great reviews. The only thing we would have added is more salt. Other than that, we loved it. item not reviewed by moderator and published
This meal is SO simple to make, yet when the flavors meld together is seems so complex. It is an impressive dish to make for a dinner for friends, I have always gotten compliments. And the leftovers are good too! item not reviewed by moderator and published
I saw this episode one day and thought hum, that might be good, so I made it and was very surprised and how wonderful it was. My husband was complimenting me on how wonderful the flavor is. Now I make it all the time. Thanks again for another wonderful dish Rachel. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I love this recipe! I make it for company or just for myself and the taste is complicated and wonderful for such a simple dish. It freezes well too - I live alone, so I freeze individual portions for dinners later in the week. I make it with just boneless skinless chicken breasts, because I find the thighs get a little chewy and tough (even though they add great flavor). item not reviewed by moderator and published
This chicken dish is very, very yummy! Fresh tarragon gives wonderful aroma. It's great with butter rice, simple risotto and pasta. item not reviewed by moderator and published
I would either leave it out all together or use a dash of red wine vinegar (1tbs) item not reviewed by moderator and published

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