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    Chicken Breasts and Tarragon En Papillote (France)

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    30 mins

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    Sydney Mike's Note:

    This recipes comes from the 2005 cookbook, The French Diet.

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    1. 1
      Cut each tomato into 4 thick slices, then salt both sices & lay them out in a single layer to drain on paper towels.
    2. 2
      Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
    3. 3
      Cut one of the chicken breasts into 6 pieces & lay them in the center of a 12-inch square of heavy aluminum foil.
    4. 4
      Season the chicken with salt, pepper & cayenne, to taste, then top the chicken with 2 slices of tomato & 1/4 of the tarragon leaves.
    5. 5
      Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil over the tomatoes as well as a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
    6. 6
      Season the tomatoes with additional salt & pepper, to taste.
    7. 7
      Bring 2 opposite edges of the foil together over the top & fold them down over the chicken, then fold the sides up & over the chicken to create a packet.
    8. 8
      Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts, then put the 4 packets on a baking sheet & bake for 15 minutes.
    9. 9
      When chicken is done, open the packets & drain the liquid into a small bowl.
    10. 10
      Add the mustard to the liquid, mixing well.
    11. 11
      Serve the chicken in the packet on a plate, & drizzle the sauce over the top.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on July 15, 2011


      I really enjoyed this. The chicken was very tender and juicy, but the star of the show was the sauce. I loved the tang of the mustard mixed with the cooking juices! Very easy, and pretty, too. I used a whole bone in breast (personal preference) so my chicken took a bit longer to cook, but that wasn't a problem as I expected it to take a bit longer. Next time I might add a few slivers of sun dried tomato for a bit of sweetness. Thanks for posting!

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    • on April 15, 2011


      We loved this quick and easy chicken dish! I had to use dried tarragon, otherwise made as directed. The sauce with the dijon mustard was just terrific - for me it made the dish. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    • on June 11, 2009


      *Reviewed during ZWT5 Family Picks for Chow Hounds Team* The chicken was beautiful and tender, taking around 20-25 minutes to cook through. I think cooking time may vary based on the size of the chicken breast fillets being used. I wasn't keen on the whol tarragon leaves as they are quite strong....but having said that, they did leave a lovely flavour through the entire packet. So we just left them on the sides of our plates. Served with Eggplant, Potato, Tomato Casserole for a complete meal . Photo also to be posted

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    Nutritional Facts for Chicken Breasts and Tarragon En Papillote (France)

    Serving Size: 1 (209 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 270.4
    Calories from Fat 151
    Total Fat 16.7 g
    Saturated Fat 2.5 g
    Cholesterol 75.5 mg
    Sodium 300.0 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 1.2 g
    Sugars 1.9 g
    Protein 25.8 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    fresh tarragon leaves

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