Chicken Tarragon

This is a recipe from my childhood…adapted for Paleo/AIP.  My mom used to make this for special occasions…but I like it any time!

Chicken Tarragon

2 packages of bone in chicken thighs
1-2 packages of mushrooms
shallots or onions sliced
olive oil
salt, pepper* and onion powder (we keep a mixture of these in a shaker bottle)
dried tarragon

Original Recipe

  • Sprinkle chicken with salt, pepper* and onion powder
  • Brown the chicken in olive oil in a pan stovetop
  • Transfer to a casserole dish or hotel pan that has a cover
  • Next, sauté the mushrooms and onions or shallots
  • Pour over the chicken
  • Sprinkle with light coating of dried tarragon
  • Bake covered at 350 for at least 1.5 hours…better if you let it go longer, as the meat gets super tender and nearly falls off the bone.  I often let it cook for several hours!
    Great leftover!


Lazy Version….which is still super delish!

  • skip the step of browning the chicken, onions and mushrooms.
  • Just layer chicken, mushrooms and onions in a casserole
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper and onion powder
  • Sprinkle with dried tarragon
  • Bake covered at 350 for at least 1.5 hours…I often let it go 2 or even 3 hours!  It gets even better the longer it goes.  
  • You can make a day ahead and then re-heat at 350 for about 20-30 minutes to serve.   Great make ahead meal..prep it ahead and re-heat before serving!!!

Extra tip:
There will be extra juice in the pan. I strain that into my bone broth jar in the fridge or pour into a mason jar and use to drizzle on cauli mash.  It has a nice tarragon flavor.  And of course the leftover bones go right in my bone bag for future bone broth!  Waste not!

*black pepper is an AIP gray area food.  Omit for strict AIP version.


9 thoughts on “Chicken Tarragon

  1. If i may ask, i am very interested in the baking dish you used. Where did you purchase that?
    Thank you so kindly in advance. Have a Great Day…Smiles, Monica 🙂


    1. Hi there….it is a hotel pan….see my blog post on hotel pans. I buy mine at a local restaurant supply store, but there is a link to an online source for them…though I have never purchased from them.


      1. Thank you so much…. and I absolutely love everything on your site… Thank you for sharing… Being a single mom and trying to get on board with Paleo, It is hard sometimes to get started. i enjoy being able to reference back and get great ideas. Again, thank you for taking the time and sharing. Smiles, Monica 🙂


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