Chicken Breasts in Champagne

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1 1⁄2 hours 6 Servings Print RecipeEmail Recipe


4 whole chicken breasts (halved)
5tablespoonunsalted butter
3tablespoonall-purpose flour
2teaspoondried tarragon
3 1⁄2cupnonvintage champagne
1⁄2cupheavy cream
  salt and ground black pepper (to taste)


Sprinkle the chicken breasts with salt and pepper. Melt the butter in a medium-size Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Brown the chicken breasts, a few at a time, on all sides, about 10 minutes. Remove from the pan and set aside.

Pour the cognac into the pan, warm it, and flame with a match. When the flames subside, stir in the flour and tarragon. Cook 2 minutes, stirring constantly. Gradually whisk in 3 cups of the champagne. Return the chicken to the pan. Cover and simmer until the chicken is tender, about 45 minutes.

Remove the chicken toe warmed serving platter. Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of champagne and the cream. Cook the sauce over high heat until reduced and slightly thickened. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve immediately.

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