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Playing Chicken with Tarragon Cream and Green Bean Rice Pilaf


  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup broken, thin spaghetti
  • 1 cup white rice
  • 2 3/4 cups chicken stock
  • 1 cup frozen French-cut green beans
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 pieces skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • 1 tablespoon EVOO - Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 8 small white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1/3 cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard


Serves: 4


In a medium saucepan with a tight-fitting lid, melt 1 tablespoon butter over medium heat. Add the spaghetti and cook until browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice, then stir in 1 3/4 cups chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower the heat, cover the pot and cook for 18 minutes. Stir in the green beans, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for a couple of minutes, then fluff with a fork and season with salt and pepper.

Meanwhile, season the chicken with salt and pepper. In a large skillet, heat the EVOO, 1 turn of the pan, over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, turning once, until golden, about 12 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and cover with foil to keep warm.

Add the remaining 2 tablespoons butter of the skillet and lower the heat to medium. Stir in the mushrooms and shallot and cook until tender, about 5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle in the flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Whisk in the remaining 1 cup chicken stock, the crme fraiche, tarragon, mustard and any chicken juices.

Slice the chicken and serve alongside or on top of the rice. Spoon the sauce on top.