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    French Tarragon Roast Chicken

    French Tarragon Roast Chicken. Photo by Brian Holley

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    1 hr 40 mins

    10 mins

    1 hr 30 mins

    Brian Holley's Note:

    Easy way to roast a chicken, great taste, with a different style sauce. Cook on a rack over roasting dish and cover with greaseproof paper. Makes a good weekday meal.

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    1. 1
      Heat oven to 180c.
    2. 2
      Season the body cavity with the salt and pepper, add 1.5 oz butter, and 1 tsp of the tarragon. Close the cavity with a skewer or toothpick.
    3. 3
      Use the remaining butter to spread over the breast of the bird. Cover with large piece greaseproof paper.
    4. 4
      Place the bird on a rack over the roasting dish and add 2 cups of water. Cook for 1.5 hours or till juices run clear.
    5. 5
      In the meantime, mix the remaining tarragon in a saucepan with the 2 remaining cups of water, bring to a boil and simmer till the liquid has reduced by half.
    6. 6
      With a little water mix the cornstarch to a thin paste and whisk into the tarragon water to thicken it to make a sauce.
    7. 7
      Remove the bird from the pan and set aside.
    8. 8
      Whisk the liquid from the roasting pan into the sauce and add the cream.
    9. 9
      Pour some of the sauce over the bird.
    10. 10
      Serve the remaining sauce separately.
    11. 11
      Serve with boiled potatoes, glazed carrots and runner beans.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 26, 2008

      I found this recipe on the Le Creuset site. It's awesome and even simpler than this version. Wash & dry the chicken, rub with the EVOO sprinkle w/tarragon, out in dutch oven, put on lid, put in 350F oven and go do something for 2 rto 2 1/2 hours. Meat falls off the bones. Great right way or great for follow on meals. One of the few non-grilled chicken recipes I like.

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    Nutritional Facts for French Tarragon Roast Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (495 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 628.6
    Calories from Fat 454
    Total Fat 50.5 g
    Saturated Fat 19.8 g
    Cholesterol 205.0 mg
    Sodium 245.2 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 3.1 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.0 g
    Sugars 0.0 g
    Protein 38.6 g

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