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Bistro-Style Chicken with Tomato and Tarragon Recipe

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This recipe for Bistro-Style Chicken with Tomato and Tarragon, by , is from Cheshire MOPS Cookbook, one of the cookbooks created at FamilyCookbookProject.com. We help families or individuals create heirloom cookbook treasures.

Donna Porritt
Added: Thursday, March 20, 2008


3 tbsp. olive oil
2 chicken breasts and 2 leg thighs, on the bone with skin (or a 3 1/2 lb. chicken cut up)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1 c. dry white wine
1/2 c. canned low-sodium chicken broth
1 28 oz. can whole peeled tomatoes, lightly crushed with your hands, juice reserved
1/4 c. tarragon or white wine vinegar
3 tbsp. unsalted butter
2 tsp. roughly chopped fresh tarragon leaves
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1. Heat the oil in a large, heavy, nonreactive skillet over medium-high heat. When it just begins to smoke, add only enough chicken pieces to fit into the skillet without touching and cook until well browned on all sides, about 4 minutes per side. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a platter and set aside while you saute the remaining pieces in batches, if necessary.
2. When all the chicken has been removed from the skillet, add the garlic to the drippings and saute over medium heat until fragrant but not browned, about 15 seconds.
3. Add the wine and chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium-high heat, scraping up the browned bits stuck to the bottom of the pan. Return the chicken to the skillet along with any accumulated juices and boil the liquid until reduced by half, about 5 minutes.
4. Add the tomatoes to the skillet along with about half the juice in the can, the vinegar and the butter. Return to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until the chicken is cooked through (it should register 165 on an instant-read thermometer) and the sauce has thickened, about 30 minutes; turn the chicken pieces once or twice during the cooking time and break up the tomatoes with a spoon. The sauce should hold together but still be chunky. (If the breasts are very thick and are not cooked through after 30 minutes, remove the legs from the skillet, cover with a lid and continue to simmer until done.)
5. Remove the skillet from the heat and stir in the fresh tarragon and season with salt and pepper. Serve the chicken in the skillet or transfer to a platter, topping it with the sauce.
Makes 4 servings.




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