Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms – Whole30, Paleo

This Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms is quick, easy and perfect for weeknights. The chicken gets beautifully crispy and the mushroom cream sauce is rich, velvety and delicious. It needs only a few ingredients and around 20 minutes to prepare. If you didn’t know any better, you’d never guess it’s Whole30 and Paleo compliant. Try serving with some of my Best Ever Mashed Potatoes to soak up all that sauce.

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What You Need for Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms

  • Chicken: This is one of the few times I actually prefer to use chicken breast in a recipe. You could, of course, substitute chicken thighs. My advice is to use boneless and skinless pieces of chicken so that it cooks quickly.
  • Mushrooms: You can use any variety of mushrooms you like here. Cremini, shitake, button, oyster, portobello, mini bellas, you name it. They will all work in this recipe.
  • Coconut Milk: To keep things Paleo and Whole30, try making the cream sauce with a full-fat coconut milk. The brand you use will make a big difference. See below for my favourite ones.
  • Garlic: Using a healthy amount of finely chopped garlic is part of the reason this Creamy Tarragon Chicken doesn’t taste like coconut milk.
  • Tarragon: For best flavour and colour, use fresh tarragon. The flavour works wonderfully with the mushrooms and chicken. If you absolutely can not find fresh tarragon, you can try substituting dry but be sure to use half the amount called for fresh.
  • Tapioca Starch: Dredging the chicken in tapioca starch before frying will give it a beautiful colour and slightly crispy texture. The residual tapioca starch leftover in the pan will also help thicken the cream sauce.

    You can find tapioca starch at most Asian grocery stores. Or order online. Alternatively, you can substitute arrowroot starch, cassava flour, or almond flour. Keep in mind that each alternative flour will give you a slightly different texture.

  • Ghee or Butter: Ghee is butter that has been clarified with almost all of the dairy solids removed (usually +99%). It is considered both Paleo and Whole30 compliant and almost entirely dairy-free.

    Ghee has a fairly strong, nutty and pronounced flavour so use it as desired. Alternatively, if you are not concerned with keeping this recipe Paleo and Whole30, you can substitute unsalted butter.

Paleo Chicken Mushroom Tarragon Cream Sauce Whole30 Primal Recipe Easy 20 minute meal summer

My Favourite Coconut Milk Brands

The brand of coconut milk you use will make or break this dish. Look for one without any stabilizers, gums or added sugars. It should contain nothing more than coconut cream and water. Ideally, there should be at least 70% coconut cream, but you can also use ones that contain 80%.

My favourite brands are Arroy D and Savoy. Also great is the private label coconut milk from Thrive Market.

Coconut Milk Substitutions

  • Almond Milk: You can try substituting your favourite almond milk creamer in this recipe. Note: avoid regular almond milk because it is too loose in texture and will result in a watery finished product. Instead, look for a thick almond creamer, like the ones from Nut Pods. They are closer to a table cream in texture.
  • Regular Cream: If you are not concerned with keeping this recipe Paleo and Whole30 Compliant, you can substitute regular, heavy cream. 35% fat will give you the most luxurious texture and flavour, but you can use anything with 18% or more.

    Paleo Chicken Mushroom Tarragon Cream Sauce Whole30 Primal Recipe Easy 20 minute meal summer

3 Tips For Cooking with Tapioca Starch

Tapioca starch makes for an excellent alternative dredging flour. It’s naturally gluten-free and grain-free, which makes it both Paleo and Whole30 compliant.

The only downside is that it can be a bit fickle to work with and can turn a bit gummy. Here are my top 3 tips for using it in this recipe and others.

  • Keep it Dry: Make sure the chicken is very dry before dredging. Take your time to thoroughly pat the chicken with paper towel. Otherwise the starch will absorb the surface moisture and turn gummy.
  • Do Not Dredge Ahead of Time: Same principle as above. Ideally, you want to dredge the chicken or protein immediately before frying. Otherwise the starch will absorb the moisture of the chicken and it will not brown as nicely.
  • Preheat the Oil: Make sure your oil is preheated before cooking. If your oil is not hot enough the starch will absorb it and it will not get as crispy.
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Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms – Whole30, Paleo

This Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms is quick, easy and perfect for weeknights. It needs only a few ingredients and around 20 minutes.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine American, French
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 2 chicken breasts
  • Kosher salt and freshly-cracked black pepper
  • ½ cup tapioca starch
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon ghee substitute butter for non-Whole30
  • 8 ounces mushrooms sliced, such as shitake, cremini, button, or portobello
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 14 ounces full-fat coconut milk substitute full-fat almond milk or heavy cream for non-Whole30
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 small bunch of chives finely chopped, for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Slice the chicken breasts in half, lengthwise and season all sides with salt and pepper. Add the tapioca starch to a large bowl and season with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.
  • Preheat a non-stick or stainless-steel pan over medium heat. Add the olive oil and heat until shimmering. Lightly dredge both sides of each chicken breast in the tapioca starch and carefully add them to the hot oil. Cook, undisturbed, until golden brown, 4 minutes. Flip and cook until golden brown and the thickest part of the breast reaches 165F, 4 more minutes. Note, depending on size of skillet you may have to work in batches. Transfer browned chicken to a serving platter and cover with foil to keep warm.
  • Reduce the heat to medium-low, add the ghee and mushrooms. Cook, undisturbed, until the mushrooms start to turn golden brown, around 4 minutes. Flip and cook, stirring, until the other sides start to take on some colour, 2 minutes. Add the garlic and cook, stirring, 60 seconds.
  • Pour in coconut milk and use a wooden spoon to scrape off any brown bits that formed on the bottom of the pan. Bring the sauce to a simmer and reduce by half – around 4 minutes. If the sauce becomes too thick, adjust with more coconut milk, chicken broth or water. Taste and season with salt and pepper as desired. Remove from heat, add the tarragon and stir to combine.
  • Spoon the sauce overtop of the chicken, garnish with chives and serve immediately.
Keyword Chicken with Mushroom Cream Sauce, Creamy Tarragon Chicken

47 replies on “Creamy Tarragon Chicken with Mushrooms – Whole30, Paleo”

Hi Susan, I think both would work here. The only difference would be in texture. Almond and coconut flour are both fairly coarse compared to Tapioca starch, which is a very fine powder. If you only have almond and coconut flour, use the former so that the coconut flavour doesn’t take over. 🙂

I made this for dinner tonight! My father, a very picky Portuguese man, is not really a fan of anything that’s not Portuguese, and he doesn’t typically enjoy coconut. However, he loved this recipe! You hardly notice a coconut flavour. (He didn’t taste it at all)! It was fantastic! I will definitely be making it again in the future.

I made this recipe a few weeks ago, not sure if my dad would like it..he typically only eats portuguese food and will almost always find something he doesn’t like about a dish. I was worried about this dish because of the coconut milk because my dad is one of those folk that do not enjoy the taste of coconut milk, however the garlic really mutes the flavour like you mentioned..my dad enjoyed it! He didn’t even taste the coconut. This recipe was incredibly delicious and I will be making this again in the future 🙂

This dish comes together so quickly that I wouldn’t really recommend using a slow cooker. Instead, I would recommend focusing on butterflying the chicken breast thinly so that it cooks even quicker. You should be able to get everything on the table in under 30 min.

Wow! This was amazing! We’re on day 22 of Whole30 nd this was just what we needed to spice things up. I will trying more of your recipes ASAP! Thank you for what you do!

This was delicious. My only complaint is that the mushrooms let out a lot of water which I left in and added the coconut milk. That was a mistake as the sauce was too watery. I salvaged it by adding more coconut milk and some tapioca starch as a thickening agent!

I made this after making the pork chop version from whole 30 F&E cookbook – Both DELISH. Served over cauli mash and we were very happy campers. And I tried tarragon for the first time!

Ronny,
Thank you so much for such a delicious and inspiring recipe!!! I’ve done this dish twice, both times the whole family loved it and it’s now my to go recipe. I’ve skipped the dredging, also instead of coconut milk, I used heavy whipping cream, and I used a very good quality dry terragon. Next time I will try with fresh terragon and coconut milk.
Thanks!!!

Wow!! This recipe is so simple yet so delicious!!! Thanks for sharing… will print and keep in my recipe binder. 🙂

Okay, I just made this on Sunday and have since shared this with no less than 17 people. IT IS SO GOOD. I served it over garlic mashed cauliflower. All the noms.

Hey Ronny! Loved this recipe tonight but my chicken was a little gummy in some places where the tapioca starch was. Then when places on a paper towel after cooking the breading stuck to the paper towel any tips?

Yes, that sometimes happens! I share 3 tips for avoiding similar results in the future in the recipe post above. One thing I’ve done lately is transfer the cooked chicken to a parchment paper-lined tray in the place of paper towel. I will have to edit that into the instructions!

This is best served immediately because the chicken can start to get soggy and the sauce will dry out. There is also a chance of the chicken drying out if the oven is too hot. If absolutely necessary, keep the pan-fried chicken and sauce separate in the oven. The chicken can go on a wire rack and the sauce can stay in the pan. When time to reheat, place the sauce back on the stove top and reconstitute with a splash of coconut milk. Then add chicken back to pan to reheat in the sauce.

This was such a great recipe! It was quick and easy to put together, too! I used Robin Hood all purpose gluten free flour instead of the tapioca flour and it turned great. I also added frozen peas for some extra veggies. I have made so many of your recipes now and each one has turned out amazing, so thank you for sharing your talent with the rest of us!

I think it’s best to make and serve immediately. If making ahead, the chicken will become a bit soggy and the sauce will become too thick. There are ways to avoid this but it’s no easier than making from scratch.

Definitely! If they’re skin-on and bone-in, you’ll have to factor in a longer cooking time but it can be done! I also wouldn’t bother with dredging them in the starch first if that’s the case.

[…] It’s important to note that although each of these flours are technically Whole30 compliant ingredients, when used to make a healthy, paleo version of certain unhealthy treat foods, like my Paleo Pancakes, they fall under the category of SWYPO and are off limits during your round of the program. Nevertheless, they are perfectly suited to other applications, like using arrowroot starch to lightly dredge chicken for my Chicken with Mushroom and Tarragon Cream Sauce. […]

Can you please format pages like this for the recipe to print on one page with a small picture of the final product. Right now this only allows us to print all 12 pages, even if I just pick the ones with the recipe on it, it is divided among sheets. Love your recipes 🙂

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