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Dijon-Tarragon Chicken, Mashed Potatoes with Brie or Camembert and Rainbow Chard with Bacon and Leeks

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 30 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Mashed Potatoes with Brie or Camembert:

4 medium or 3 large russet potatoes

4 large cloves of garlic 

Salt 

1/4 cup milk or chicken stock 

8 ounces ripe Brie or Camembert

White pepper or finely ground black pepper, to taste 

Dijon-Tarragon Chicken:

4 pieces boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salt and pepper 

2 tablespoons EVOO 

2 tablespoons butter 

1 large or 2 medium shallots 

2 cloves garlic 

1 cup white wine 

1 cup chicken stock or bone broth 

About 1/3 cup creme fraiche or 1/2 cup heavy cream 

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 

1/2 lemon 

About 1/4 cup stemmed fresh tarragon 

Chard with Bacon and Leeks:

About 1 tablespoon olive oil

1 large bundle rainbow chard 

6 slices meaty bacon 

1 leek, trimmed 

Salt and pepper 

A little freshly grated nutmeg, to taste 

1/2 lemon 

Directions

  1. For the mashed potatoes: Peel potatoes and cube into uniform pieces, 8 per potato. Smash two cloves of garlic. Place potatoes and smashed garlic in saucepot, cover with water, cover pot and bring to boil. Season with salt and cook to tender, removing lid once potatoes boil. Return the potatoes and garlic to hot pot after draining, then add milk or stock and cheese and mash. Season with pepper of choice, then keep covered.
  2. For the Dijon-tarragon chicken: While potatoes are coming to a boil, remove tenders from chicken and pound the breasts (if they are large) 1/2 inch thick, then cut each into 3 pieces. Season chicken breasts and tenders with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat with EVOO and melt butter into oil. When it foams, add chicken and brown on both sides, 6 to 7 minutes.
  4. Peel and chop shallot and chop or grate garlic.
  5. Remove chicken to a plate, add shallots and garlic and stir a minute or so. Add wine and reduce to 1/4 cup, then add stock and bring to boil. Add creme fraiche or heavy cream and simmer at low rolling boil 2 to 3 minutes, then add Dijon and juice of 1/2 lemon. Chop and add tarragon, slide chicken back into pan and leave on warm or cover pan.
  6. For the chard with bacon and leeks: While chicken is working, heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 1 turn of the pan. Stem chard and chop stems; shred the greens. Chop and add bacon to the pan and brown to crisp, 4 minutes. Quarter leek and trim root, then chop; add chard stems and leek to bacon, stir 2 minutes, then wilt in chard greens. Season with salt and pepper and nutmeg to taste, then add juice of 1/2 lemon.
  7. Serve chicken alongside mashed potatoes and greens with bacon.