Chicken Breasts and Tarragon En Papillote (France)

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 15 mins

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

Ingredients Nutrition


  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. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  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. 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. Drizzle 1 tablespoon of oil over the tomatoes as well as a squeeze of fresh lemon juice.
  6. Season the tomatoes with additional salt & pepper, to taste.
  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. Repeat with the remaining chicken breasts, then put the 4 packets on a baking sheet & bake for 15 minutes.
  9. When chicken is done, open the packets & drain the liquid into a small bowl.
  10. Add the mustard to the liquid, mixing well.
  11. Serve the chicken in the packet on a plate, & drizzle the sauce over the top.
Most Helpful

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!

IngridH July 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!

loof April 15, 2011

*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

**Jubes** June 11, 2009