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Sandy Solomon: Chicken with Tarragon I make this recipe by instinct at this point, but I think I first got it from the New York Times Cook Book, edited by Craig Claiborne. Great vehicle for fresh tarragon from the garden or you can make the recipe with dried tarragon other times of the year. Simple format: chicken plus onions or shallots and mushrooms in a white (wine) sauce with some tarragon. Good as a stand-alone entrée with a couple of vegetables or as a topping for pasta (in which case cut the chicken into smaller bits and keep the sauce thicker). If I don’t have wine or cream or chicken broth, I just use milk; that would certainly be a less costly version, which is the first version below. If you want to save a bit of money, use chicken thighs. 3 whole chicken breasts, boned, skinned, halved 7 tablespoons of flour 7 tablespoons of butter 1 onion chopped or a couple shallots chopped a handful of mushrooms sliced (as my grandmother said, “some”) 2 cups of milk salt and pepper to taste 1 teaspoon freshly chopped tarragon or ½ teaspoon dried tarragon

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Dredge the chicken in 3 tablespoons of flour and sprinkle with salt and pepper. In a frying pan or other wide-mouthed pan, brown the chicken in 3 tablespoons of butter. Set aside on a platter. Sauté the onion/shallots until they’re mostly cooked; then add the mushrooms briefly. Move the onion/shallot and mushroom mixture to the plate with the chicken. Make a white sauce in the same pan by first melting 4 tablespoons of butter on moderate heat. Don’t let the butter brown. Add 4 tablespoons of flour and stir or whisk until completely mixed with the butter. Let the flour cook on low heat for about five minutes. Stir constantly. This manoeuver takes away the raw taste of flour. Add warmed milk while stirring. Add the tarragon, the chicken, and the onion/shallot and mushroom mixture. Cook for 25 minutes or until the chicken is done. Add extra liquid occasionally to keep the sauce from sticking. I usually pour in some white wine at this point. You could add chicken broth. Or you could just

add more milk or some water. Depends on what you’ve got in your

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