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Perfect Roast Chicken Breast

Steven Pennington
Simple chicken breast recipe with a creamy tarragon sauce. A skill every good cook needs in their toolbox. 
5 from 2 votes
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French | American


  • 4 Chicken Breasts. Bone-In will cook quicker & offer more flavor
  • 3 tablespoon Olive Oil
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • 6 Carrots sliced in half - lengthwise
  • Half onion - sliced thinly

Tarragon Cream Sauce

  • 1 Cup Half & Half
  • 1 tablespoon chopped Tarragon
  • 1 teaspoon Honey Mustard
  • Salt & Pepper to taste


Chicken & Oven Prep

  • Preheat over to 400 degrees.
  • First salt and pepper the chicken breasts.
  • Next paint on olive oil making sure to cover all parts of the chicken breast

Creating Roasting Rack To Place Chicken On

  • Slice Carrots lengthwise and place them in the bottom of a roasting pan.
    A second option I like, using a cast iron skillet to cook the chicken. 
  • Slice half of the onion thinly and layout on top of the carrots.
  • Next, place the chicken breasts on top of the carrots and onions.

Cooking Chicken Breasts

  • Place chicken breast in the middle of the oven at 400 degrees. Roast chicken until internal temperature of 158 is reached (Suggest using meat temperature probe/ meat thermometer. The chicken will rest outside of the oven and continue to increase in temperature all the way up to 165 degrees, Rest a minimum of 3 minutes.

Making the Cream Sauce

  • Add 1 cup of half & half to a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a strong simmer and reduce a little, not all the way to reduced by half, about reduced by 3rd. Be careful that the heat doesn't get too high and burn the milk. Medium heat.
  • Once the sauce has tightened up from reducing add in 1 teaspoon of mustard and mix.
  • Next, add the fresh chopped tarragon.
  • Salt & Pepper to taste.Such an easy recipe, but so good. Enjoy


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