Weeknight Dinner

TARRAGON CHICKEN WITH MUSHROOMS + SPINACH: OK, so tonight I’ve actually made a h…

OK, so tonight I’ve actually made a healing bone broth soup (little snippet in stories) because I seem to have picked up some sort of back-to-work flu ? but enough about that… Let’s look back at something more fun; my one pot creamy tarragon chicken! It’s packed full of deliciously rich and deep herby flavours so I’ve re-posted my recipe in case you fancy giving it a go:
(serves 4-6 people)
4-6 large skin-on chicken thighs
2 large shallots (sliced)
2 garlic gloves (minced)
1 punnet baby button mushrooms (halved or whole if tiny)
Splash Marsala wine
Pint of chicken stock
100ml double cream
4-6 balls frozen spinach
1tsp heaped wholegrain mustard
Dash of Geo Watkins Mushroom Ketchup (worcestershire sauce would work too)
Fresh tarragon (about half a 20g packet, finely chopped)
Sea salt & black pepper to taste
Cooking oil (I used a little spritz of Frylight on the chicken)
1 – pre-heat oven to gas mark 5/190c. Meanwhile, heat a large oven-friendly dish on the hob (cast iron is ideal) then lightly oil and place chicken thighs, skin-side down into the pan to brown. Turn over after a few minutes (once golden) to seal the other side. Remove from pan and set aside.

2 – using the fat rendered from the chicken, fry the mushrooms and shallots until soft, then add in the minced garlic. Stir briefly then add a good splash of Marsala wine. Cook off the alcohol.

3 – add chicken stock, then stir in the cream. Dot in the frozen spinach. Once the sauce comes to a low boil and the spinach has thawed, stir in the wholegrain mustard, sea salt & pepper and most of the chopped tarragon. Add a dash of mushroom ketchup to breakthrough the richness. Taste & adjust if needed. Nestle the chicken thighs into the sauce, skin-up to further brown in the oven.

4 – transfer the whole dish into the oven and cook uncovered for around 25-35mins, or until the chicken is nice and golden and completely cooked through.

5 – garnish with a little more fresh tarragon and serve.

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