This simple but impressive recipe produces succulent chicken that is perfect for any sauce or just the pan drippings poured over top. Enjoy!

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).

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  • Season the chicken with salt, pepper and tarragon; drizzle with lemon juice. Set aside.

  • Place an oven proof skillet or Dutch oven over medium heat and melt the butter. Place the chicken in the dish, turning to coat both sides. Cover the chicken with a sheet of parchment paper, and then cover with a lid.

  • Bake in the preheated oven for 10 to 15 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Partner Tip

Reynolds® parchment can be used for easier cleanup/removal from the pan.

Nutrition Facts

235 calories; 14.4 g total fat; 98 mg cholesterol; 141 mg sodium. 0.5 g carbohydrates; 24.8 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (37)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2008
This ended up being one of the easiest and best chicken recipes I've used recently Instead of one tablespoon of lemon juice I ended up using the juice of a whole lemon. I had forgotten to preheat the oven and wanted to really sear the breasts first so I needed the extra lemon juice to ensure nothing burned. I also used bouquet garni instead of straight tarragon. The flavor ended up being quite good from the mix of herbs. My husband and kids were quite happy with it and I couldn't believe how easy it was. I'm definitely going to experiment with this one! Thank you! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2008
This is a perfect "guideline" recipe. You can add almost any sauce to the basic recipe and have good results. Read More
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43 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 17
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2008
This ended up being one of the easiest and best chicken recipes I've used recently Instead of one tablespoon of lemon juice I ended up using the juice of a whole lemon. I had forgotten to preheat the oven and wanted to really sear the breasts first so I needed the extra lemon juice to ensure nothing burned. I also used bouquet garni instead of straight tarragon. The flavor ended up being quite good from the mix of herbs. My husband and kids were quite happy with it and I couldn't believe how easy it was. I'm definitely going to experiment with this one! Thank you! Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2008
This ended up being one of the easiest and best chicken recipes I've used recently Instead of one tablespoon of lemon juice I ended up using the juice of a whole lemon. I had forgotten to preheat the oven and wanted to really sear the breasts first so I needed the extra lemon juice to ensure nothing burned. I also used bouquet garni instead of straight tarragon. The flavor ended up being quite good from the mix of herbs. My husband and kids were quite happy with it and I couldn't believe how easy it was. I'm definitely going to experiment with this one! Thank you! Read More
(54)
Rating: 5 stars
01/29/2008
I was a little skeptical at first of this recipe but the reviews were good so I made it and IT IS THE BEST!! The chicken is very tender and very tasty. I am always trying to find stuff my 3 year old will eat and she loved it as we did too!!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/22/2008
Very good and tasty. I had to cook mine an extra 10 minutes though. After 15 they were still pink inside. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/26/2010
Fabulously easy and fast...for people who worry about the lack of flavor I have found that fresh garlic adds wonders. I also used the McCormick Grill Mates (Montreal) spice blend. It was a fantastic way to moisten up the dish by pouring some of the leftover butter mixture directly onto the chicken. Yum yum! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/19/2008
This is a perfect "guideline" recipe. You can add almost any sauce to the basic recipe and have good results. Read More
(16)
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Rating: 5 stars
02/14/2008
I will make chicken this way from now on. I used this recipe to make chicken to top a lettuce salad. The chicken was delicious and tender--not crusty or difficult to cut for the kids. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/15/2010
very good basic guideline recipe. I did not have dried tarragon but basically took the chicken breasts placed in a glass dish sprinkled with kosher salt dash of garlic salt dashes of onion powder dash of Mrs Dash splashed some lemon juice over them and smeared with softened butter. I didn't have parchment paper so I covered with aluminum foil and cooked for 30 minutes. removed aluminum foil and baked for about another 5 minutes while I steamed broccoli in the bag. very flavorful and moist! usually my chicken is pretty dry... Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/25/2009
I have 3 kids who hate chicken but they LOVE this recipe! I pound the chicken breasts first which makes it harder to squeeze into the skillet but I find it helps cook them more evenly and quickly. I also use more lemon juice than suggested to prevent the butter from burning and mix it up on the herbs depending on what I have. A great basic recipe...thanks! Read More
(13)
Rating: 5 stars
02/12/2008
My husband has to be on a restricted diet...he thought this would mean bland food but this chicken was tops for him. Read More
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