Healthy Recipe: Tarragon Chicken-in-a-Pot

When we went to France in April, one of the best meals we had was this rustic stew called “Chicken in a Pot.” It was simple but delicious and satisfying, especially with the amazing fresh bread they served.

We bought a bottle of the delicious and complex white wine we had with this meal, and we wanted to share it with friends when we got home. I decided to approximate the flavors of the accompanying food (lightened up, of course!) when we had some of our best friends over to do exactly that. It was a hit!

If you’re experiencing some ‘June gloom’ weather, enjoy this warm and satisfying dish!


Photo credit:

from Cooking Light


2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup 1% low-fat milk
1/2 cup fat-free, less-sodium chicken broth
1/2 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon olive oil
2/3 cup chopped sweet onion
1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 cup sliced carrot
1 cup (1/8-inch-thick) slices zucchini
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
4 (4.5-ounce) country or peasant rolls (note: we couldn’t find bread bowls or rolls this size, plus I’m not sure that a serving of the stew would have fit if we did! We used 9oz rolls, and ate half the bread)


Place flour in a small bowl; slowly add milk, stirring with a whisk until well blended to form a slurry. Add the broth and wine.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat; add onion and chicken. Sauté 2 minutes; stir in carrot and next 4 ingredients (carrot through pepper). Cover, reduce heat, and cook 4 minutes. Stir slurry into chicken mixture. Bring to a boil; cover, reduce heat, and simmer until thick (about 10 minutes), stirring occasionally.

Cut rolls horizontally 1 inch from tops. Hollow out bottoms of rolls, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells; reserve torn bread and bread tops for another use. Spoon 1 1/4 cups chicken mixture into each bread shell.

Nutritional Information: 413 Calories, 7.8 grams Fat, 48.8 grams Carbohydrates, 35.7 grams Protein


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