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Sautéed chicken with white wine, shallots & tarragon

by Debbie Major

We’ve teamed up with in the run up to Christmas to find the perfect wine matches to some of the UK’s favourite dishes leading up to Christmas. Over the next 4 weeks, we’ll feature 4 easy to make delicious. dishes, each matched to a selection of wines, making it as easy as possible for you to choose your festive wines this year.

This week, try this amazing chicken dish – the tarragon and wine give a really beautiful flavour and the good news is it’s low in salt and fat

Serves: 4

Takes: About 1 hour


  • Extra-virgin olive oil spray
  • 1 chicken, about 1.75kg, jointed into 8 pieces and skin removed
  • 12 small shallots
  • 8 small garlic cloves
  • 600ml medium-dry white wine
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon leaves, plus 8 small sprigs, to garnish
  • 4 bay leaves
  • 1 heaped tbsp half-fat crème fraîche


  1. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium-high heat, spray with 10 squirts of oil then add the chicken in 1 layer. Fry for 5-8 minutes until richly golden on all sides. Set aside on a plate lined with kitchen paper.
  2. Wipe the pan clean, return to the heat then spray with 6 squirts of oil. Add the shallots and garlic then fry until lightly browned. Set aside with the chicken.
  3. Add the wine to the pan and boil for 10 minutes, until reduced by three-quarters. Stir in 300ml water, the tarragon and bay leaves. Return the chicken to the pan with the shallots and garlic. Cover, then simmer for 20 minutes. Turn the chicken and cook, uncovered, for 25 minutes, until the sauce is nicely reduced.
  4. Lift the chicken into a serving bowl and scatter over the shallots and garlic.
  5. Stir the crème fraîche into the sauce, season, then pour it over the chicken. Scatter with the tarragon sprigs and serve with new potatoes and sugar snap peas.

Nutritional information: Per serving: 452kcals, 4.8g fat (1.3g saturated), 70.4g protein, 8.8g carbs, 4.2g sugar, 0.5g salt

Majestic Wine Pairings

Fairleigh Estate Chardonnay, Marlborough

This wine is produced exclusively for Majestic; opulently fruity on the nose and filled with ripe, concentrated, tropical and citrus flavours, richly textured with a finely structured finish.

Why this wine?

The tropical fruit characteristics will marry perfectly with the herbaceous tarragon, the sweetness of the shallots and the soft, juicy chicken. You could even use it in the dish!

Grand Ardèche Chardonnay Louis Latour, Vin de Pays des Coteaux de l’Ardèche

A Burgundian wine in all but name and price tag! Ripe apple and peach fruits with a nutty, buttery creamy texture and notes of vanilla and spice.

Why this wine?

This wine is perfect for many chicken dishes but it is the purity of fruit and delicate vanilla that will couple perfectly with the rich sauce and shallots.

Tune in next week for more scrumptious recipes and perfect wines to match!

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