This easy braised tarragon chicken recipe is delectable, savory and full of French country ambiance. Chicken thighs are drumsticks are seared stove top and then simmered with tomatoes and tarragon for the flavors to blend into a beautiful chicken tarragon dinner.Braised and full of flavor.
Place chicken on a sheet pan and season with salt and pepper. Sprinkle the flour over the chicken and turn chicken to lightly coat. In a braising pan or large skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken until golden-brown all over. Remove chicken to a plate and discard the oil.
Turn the heat to medium. Add the shallots and garlic to the pan and sweat just a minute. Add the wine and with a wooden spoon scrape up all the bits of fond to deglaze the pan. Add the vermouth and simmer to reduce and burn off the alcohol. Add the tomatoes and chicken stock and half the tarragon leaves. Add the chicken back into the pan, and bring the liquid to a boil.
Cover and simmer for 1 hour, until the meat is falling off the bone. Boil uncovered for a few minutes at the end if you want to evaporate off some of the liquid. Scatter the leaves from the remaining 3 stems of fresh tarragon over the chicken, and serve piping hot.
To use fresh tomatoes: 5-6 fresh tomatoes. Drop tomatoes in boiling water for 10 to 20 seconds, and shock in ice water. Use a paring knife to help you lift off the skin, and then quarter them. Cut out the guts and seeds, then dice. This may seem like an unnecessary step, but it’s really so easy, and the result is a much lighter, sweeter sauce.
You can also stir in 1/4 cup heavy cream at the end. If you do that, it's delicious served over mashed potatoes.