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Tarragon & almond chicken

Tarragon & almond chicken

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(8 ratings)

Prep: 30 mins - 40 mins Cook: 20 mins

Easy

Serves 4
Tarragon is a perfect partner to chicken, and this dish will taste fabulous served outside on a summery day, with crusty bread to mop up the melted butter...

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition per serving

  • kcalories311
  • fat17g
  • saturates8g
  • carbs1g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre1g
  • protein39g
  • salt1.05g
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Ingredients

  • 4 skinless boneless chicken breasts

    Chicken

    chik-en

    Chicken's many plus points - its versatility, as well as the ease and speed with which it…

  • 50g slightly salted butter, softened

    Butter

    butt-err

    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh tarragon, plus extra for scattering

    Tarragon

    ta-ra-gon

    A popular and versatile herb, tarragon has an intense flavour that's a unique mix of sweet…

  • 1 tsp finely chopped fresh parsley

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • ½ tsp finely snipped fresh chives
  • 25g ground almond

    Almond

    arr-mund or al-mund

    Sweet almonds have a subtle fragrance that lends itself well to baking and also works well with…

  • 4 large thin slices of prosciutto

    Prosciutto

    proh-shoo-toe

    Prosciutto is sweet, delicate ham intended to be eaten raw. The word 'prosciutto' is the…

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Method

  1. Preheat the oven to fan 180C/ conventional 200C/gas 6. Pat each chicken breast dry with kitchen paper. Make three lengthways slits in the top of each breast, cutting halfway through the meat.

  2. Cream the butter with the herbs until smooth, then blend in the almonds and a pinch of salt. Divide into 4 equal parts and spread one portion in the slits in each breast. Gently press the meat together to reform the shape.

  3. Wrap the prosciutto well around each breast, overlapping the ends (you shouldn’t need cocktail sticks to secure it). Lay the parcels in an oiled ovenproof dish and cover loosely with a piece of buttered grease proof paper or foil. (The chicken breasts can be kept like this in the fridge for 2-8 hours, but let them come to room temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking.)

  4. Bake the chicken for 20 minutes, removing the butter paper or foil for the last 5 minutes. Remove the dish from the oven and allow the chicken to cool for 5 minutes, then transfer to individual plates and spoon over the melted butter that has collected in the bottom of the dish. Scatter with extra tarragon and some freshly ground pepper.

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Comments (9)

moirashaw1's picture

This is such a good recipe! Made it several times and it never fails. The chicken is so tender and moist. I serve with new potatoes and a simple green salad. It's so easy to prepare the night before and cook the following day! A real winner, even in April!

daisyeatslots1's picture
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This was lovely and easy to prepare. As above, load up the tarragon and the garlic was a nice extra.

sjones's picture
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absolutely delicious and very simple - great for entertaining as you can make a bit ahead. Would only comment that I couldn't really taste the chives and parsley so I would either put a bit more of those in or, as a huge fan of tarragon just leave them out and put a little extra tarragon instead. Top recipe.

louisemathema's picture
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really enjoyed this - also added garlic to the butter - delicious!
served with jersey potatoes.

bonney-blythe's picture
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Added garlic to the butter. Absolutely lovely.

jacqdav's picture
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A very easy, quick and tasty weeknight dinner. If you don't have any ground almonds, it is still very good without.

jeanporth's picture

......even more fabulous with some broad beans and some Cornish new potatoes........... ps. I live in Cornwall !

jeanporth's picture

"I used pine nuts instead of almonds and smoky bacon instead of prosciutto......and it was just as good
Jean.

maureenstephen's picture
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I have made this recipe so often. It is delicious and so easy to make. It's particularly great for a supper party as can be made in advance and only needs twenty minutes in the oven, giving you plenty of time with your guests. It's also very good cold with a salad.

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