As the end of summer draws near, the kids are making their way back to school (we hope), and we look for life’s rhythm to find it’s pace again, it’s the perfect time to revisit some of our most beloved weeknight recipes. Every day this week, we’ll share one of our favorite easy recipes that make us feel both cozy and content. This creamy, flavorful chicken sauté requires no cookware other than a large fry pan to prepare. If you don’t have any leftover rice or potatoes in your fridge, just pick up a loaf of your favorite bread from the bakery and dinner is served.
Sautéed Chicken with Mustard-Tarragon Cream Sauce
- 3 Tbs. olive oil
- 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, about 2 lb. (1 kg) total
- Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
- 3 Tbs. chopped shallots
- 3⁄4 cup (6 fl. oz./180 ml) dry white wine
- 2⁄3 cup (5 fl. oz./160 ml) low-sodium chicken broth
- 6 Tbs. (3 fl. oz./90 ml) heavy cream
- 3 Tbs. Dijon mustard
- 2 Tbs. chopped fresh tarragon
In a large fry pan over medium-high heat, warm 2 Tbs. of the olive oil. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper and add to the pan. Cook, turning once, until golden brown on both sides and opaque throughout, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a plate and pour off the fat from the pan; do not wipe the pan clean.
Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the remaining 1 Tbs. olive oil. Add the shallots and sauté just until soft, about 2 minutes. Stir in the wine, scraping up any browned bits on the bottom of the pan. Bring to a simmer and cook until the liquid is reduced by about half, about 3 minutes. Whisk in the broth, cream and mustard, reduce the heat to medium and bring to a gentle simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens, about 4 minutes longer. Stir in the tarragon and season with salt and pepper.
Return the chicken to the pan and toss it in the sauce to coat well. Cook just until the chicken is warmed through. Using tongs, transfer the chicken to a serving platter and spoon the sauce over the top. Serve immediately. Serves 4 to 6.
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Any suggestions on what I can use to substitute the heavy cream for a non-dairy alternative?
Our test kitchen has a few ideas for you.
You might try an unsweetened, unflavored nut milk like cashew or almond to achieve the richness of cream (and a homemade version would be even thicker than if you were to try this with a store-bought nut milk). Lots of cooking blogs and websites recommend using coconut cream as a substitute, but we think this would change the flavor profile of the recipe too much. As another option, you might try making the pan sauce and simply omitting the cream. It won’t be as rich or have the same texture, but it should still be a tasty pan sauce.
Hope this helps!
Thank you SO much for providing this advice! This recipe looks divine, but we too need to stay away from the heavy cream. I can’t wait to give this a try!
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