Chicken in creme fraiche, mushroom and tarragon sauce

Sometimes you just have to have cosy food like this. I made this in late September as the night was drawing in and I was in my element with a kitchen full of the homely scent of Sunday dinner.

This is a breeze to make and always goes down beautifully with all around the table. Serve it with creamy mash and wintry veg.

Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 50 mins
Servings: 4
Servings: 4


  • olive oil and butter
  • 2 leeks finely sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 4 free range organic chicken breasts
  • large glug of dry white wine
  • 500ml full fat creme fraiche
  • 1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard
  • 400g white mushrooms, sliced
  • bunch of fresh tarragon, chopped
  • sea salt
  • black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of cornflour


In a large heavy pan fry the leeks and onion in butter and olive oil until soft and translucent. Add the chicken breasts and a large glug of dry white wine. Cook for 5-7 mins on both sides.

Mix the cornflour with water so it’s the consistency of double cream and add it to the pan, cook for a couple of mins

Mix the mustard, plenty of sea salt, black pepper and half the tarragon into the creme fraiche then add ¾ of it to the pan and stir for a couple of mins to heat through.

Tip it all into an ovenproof dish and place in a 190 degree oven for 35 minutes, after 15 mins cover with foil or a lid.

After 35 mins add the mushrooms and the rest of the creme fraiche and return to the oven uncovered for 15 mins.

Nutrition Info


Chicken is one of the best sources of vitamin B3, otherwise known as niacin. Niacin is vitally important for energy production, changing protein, fat and carbohydrate into usable energy. In particular niacin helps convert starches, stored in the liver and muscles, into energy. It also plays an antioxidant role, helping to stop damaging free radicals from doing their nasty cell-destroying deeds.

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