Pan Seared Chicken Breasts in a Mushroom, Tarragon and Mustard Pan Sauce

Chicken in a Mushroom, Tarragon and Mustard Pan Sauce
With grilling season over we are now forced to cook indoors but that does not really bother me so much as I have always enjoyed cooking meat in a pan over the stove where you can get a good sear and some caramelization. Of course when you caramelize meat in a pan you get those brown bits of flavour stuck to the bottom of the pan and they are just begging to be scraped off with a nice deglazing to reclaim all of the flavour. It is with this that I made these super tasty pan seared chicken breasts in a mushroom, tarragon and mustard pan sauce which is really easy to make and quick enough to do on a weeknight. The tangy mustard and anise-y tarragon are an amazing flavour combination in this creamy pan sauce and you really cannot go wrong throwing some mushrooms in to fill out the sauce!

What are your favourite pan sauce recipes?

Chicken in a Mushroom, Tarragon and Mustard Pan Sauce
I served the pan seared chicken breasts in a mushroom, tarragon and mustard sauce over mashed cauliflower , which was perfect for soaking up all of the extra sauce, and with a side of simple steamed green beans.

Chicken in a Mushroom, Tarragon and Mustard Pan Sauce

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts in a Mushroom, Tarragon and Mustard Pan Sauce

Pan Seared Chicken Breasts in a Mushroom, Tarragon and Mustard Pan Sauce

Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 30 minutes Total Time: 40 minutes Servings: 4

Chicken served in a quick, easy and tasty tarragon and mustard mushroom sauce.

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 4 small chicken breasts, pounded thin and seasoned with salt and pepper
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 medium shallot, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine or a splash of brandy or 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons grainy mustard
  • 2 tablespoons tarragon, chopped
  • salt and pepper
  1. Heat the oil in a large pan over medium-high heat, season the chicken with salt and pepper, add it to the pan and cook until browned, about 2-3 minutes per side and set aside.
  2. Add the oil and mushrooms and saute until browned on both sides, about 7-8 minutes.
  3. Add the shallot and saute for 1 minute.
  4. Add the garlic and saute for half a minute.
  5. Add the wine, deglaze the pan, add the chicken broth and cream, bring to a boil and let simmer until reduced by half, about 5-7 minutes.
  6. Mix in the mustard and tarragon, season with salt and pepper, return the chicken to the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes.

Option: For One-Pan: Make this a one-pan meal by adding 8 ounces of pasta and 2 1/4 cups broth or water (or 1 cup of rice and 2 cups broth or water) to the sauce in step 5 and simmer, covered, until cooked, about 12 minutes (or 20 minutes for rice).


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Anonymous said...

This looks so yummy I have to leave out the mushrooms though because my partner is allergic. A substitute suggestion please. Unfortunately tarragon is not a favorite herb either. Thyme maybe. Would sage be too strong. I have both regular thyme and lemon thyme still avalible in my garden.

anniebakes said...

what an incredibly yummy down home meal!! anne

Maureen said...

Port wine and cream sauce or a wattleseed or maybe even the sauce you've just made. This looks yum. Fortunately we live in a climate where we can grill year round, plus it's summer down here but sometimes pan frying just works.

Jeff @ Cheeseburger said...

This recipe looks very delicious. My mouth went all watery just looking at the photos.

Kelly Siew said...

I love the combination of chicken, cream and tarragon!! Fabulous!

Tanvee said...

That looks wonderful, Kevin! Perfect recipe for the chilly weather we're getting now. Thanks!

Kevin said...

Anonymous: There is a link to the printable version just above the ingredients. Enjoy!

Mushrooms Canada said...

Another beautiful dinner recipe! The Mushroom, Tarragon and Mustard Pan Sauce sounds fantastic!


Anonymous said...

Tried it tonight...needs help. The chicken needs some seasoning to start with. You really can just leave all the ingredients in the pan instead of taking them out, at least that way the chicken will get done and have some flavor. I thickened it up with cornstarch, can't believe you didn't. Love the tarragon and mustard together however...I willhave to come up with something better

Unknown said...

A great dish!

Funny, it didn't need any help at all to me. Perhaps the poster above me didn't spend time to let the ingredients develop flavour, and the sauce to reduce. It was delicious. I served along with roasted & slightly smashed red potatoes, and green beans.

I sadly had to give away more than I expected to my children.

Anonymous said...

Made this for supper it was delish. I did thicken the sauce with corn flour

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