Total Time
1hr 40mins
Prep 40 mins
Cook 1 hr

This is a nice elegant meal to serve. The flavor improves in the refrigerator. I use thigh meat because it has a rich flavor, and it stands up to the braising process. I also remove the skin, just because it looks better in the finished product. You may use about 1 Tbsp. of butter with the olive oil if you prefer that flavor.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Heat the oil to medium in a large skillet, or buffet casserole (it has to be able to hold the liquid and take a lid).
  2. Sauté the chicken until golden brown on both sides.
  3. Remove to a plate or bowl and reserve.
  4. Sauté the shallots until soft but not brown.
  5. Add the mushrooms, put on the lid, and cook for 3 minutes.
  6. Add the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute.
  7. Add the white wine, stirring as you do, then the brandy, tomato paste, and chicken stock.
  8. Bring to a simmer, stirring; then reduce the heat.
  9. Add the tarragon.
  10. Put the chicken and juices back into the pan.
  11. Cover and simmer for 45 to 60 minutes, or until the chicken is tender.
  12. Serve directly from the buffet casserole, or remove to a platter.
  13. If your parsley is not bitter tasting, sprinkle with chopped parsley.
Most Helpful

Miss Annie, this was a great dinner tonight. I used skinless thighs, brandy, dried tarragon and the parsley. I didn't think I liked tarragon too much, but am now converted! I was able to reduce the oil by half with no problems, and after tasting the finished dish before serving, I added a further 2 teaspoons of tomato paste, and loads of freshly ground black pepper.

JustJanS December 03, 2002

This dish is similar to the Italian dish Chicken Cacciatore, but the seasonings make it thoroughly French. I used chicken breasts, and the whiskey option. We served it with egg noodles. Delicious; thanks for posting!

Chocolatl April 05, 2011

This was realy good. I cut down on oil and will probs cut back a little on tarragon as it was ever so slightly overpowering and a lot of salt and pepper at the end. This is definately a keeper with these little tweeks. Served with baby new potato and green beans

russell956 March 11, 2010