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Tarragon Chicken

This French-inspired recipe has an elegant flavour that you wouldn’t expect from a slow cooker dish. It’s a great entree to make for a dinner party, as using the slow cooker will free up lots of time.
Serves: 4
Prep Time: 30 min
Cook Time: 6 hours


2 ½ lb boneless, skinless chicken breast(s), whole
½ cup low-sodium chicken broth
2 tsp olive oil
2 tsp lemon zest
3 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp tarragon, minced
4 sprigs tarragon, for garnish
½ tsp paprika
¼ tsp salt
⅛ tsp white pepper, ground
2 tbsp gluten free Dijon mustard
2 oz goat cheese, semi-soft, 30% mf
½ cup half and half cream
2 tsp cornstarch, gluten free
½ tsp sugar
½ tsp honey
2 green onion(s)
½ lemon, cut into wedges

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.


  1. Heat olive oil over medium high heat in a non-stick pan. Sauté skinless chicken breasts until golden brown. Place in slow cooker.

  2. Prepare fresh lemon zest and juice and add to a small bowl. Whisk in the chicken broth, minced fresh tarragon, paprika, salt, white pepper and Dijon mustard. Pour over chicken. Cover and cook on low heat for 4 to 6 hours. The chicken can cook longer if you are away from home.

  3. Remove cooked chicken from crock pot and keep warm. Pour cooking liquid into a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and reduce by half. Whisk cornstarch into a bit of the cold cream to make a smooth paste. Add the remainder of the cream and whisk into the sauce and heat until thickened. Add goat cheese and whisk until blended into sauce.

  4. Stir in sliced green onions and sugar (or honey) and heat another few minutes.

  5. To serve, ladle lemon tarragon sauce over chicken breasts. Garnish with a sprig of fresh tarragon and a lemon wedge.

Helpful Tip

Bone-in chicken pieces take longer to cook and can be a better choice if you are away all day. The gluten free recipe requires gluten free versions of cornstarch and Dijon mustard.

Nutrition Info

Per 395 g serving Amount
Protein71 g
Fat15 g
Saturated Fat7 g
Carbohydrate8 g
Fibre1 g
Sugar2 g
Cholesterol190 mg
Sodium560 mg
Per 395 g serving % Daily Value
Vitamin A10
Vitamin C25
Vitamin B689
Vitamin B1262