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Playing Chicken with Orange, Sweet Vermouth and Tarragon Egg Noodles


  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts, pounded no more than 1/2-inch thick
  • Salt and pepper
  • Flour, for dredging
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • About 1/2 pound extra-wide egg noodles
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen peas
  • 4 tablespoons butter, cut into pieces, divided
  • 1/4 cup tarragon, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chives, minced
  • 4 slices orange or blood orange
  • 2 large shallots, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sweet vermouth
  • 1/4 cup orange or blood orange juice
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock


Serves: 4


Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Bring a large pot of water to a boil for the egg noodles and peas.
Season chicken liberally with salt and pepper on both sides and dredge in flour.

Add oil, 3 turns of the pan, to the skillet and add chicken. Brown and cook through, 8 minutes, turning occasionally; remove to warm platter.
Add egg noodles to boiling water and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add peas and cook 2-3 minutes more to al dente. Drain and return noodles to the pot. Toss with 2 tablespoons butter, tarragon, chives, salt and pepper. 
To chicken pan, add orange slices and brown, then add shallots and garlic. Stir 1 minute or 2, add vermouth and reduce 1 minute. Add orange juice, stock and remaining 2 tablespoons butter; swirl.

Top the chicken with the orange slices and spoon the reduced sauce over top, serve with noodles alongside.