Trim any excess fat from the chicken. Rinse and pat dry with paper towels. One at a time, place a chicken breast half between 2 sheets of waxed paper or plastic wrap. Using a rolling pin, flatten to an even thickness of about 1/2 inch.
In a large saute pan or fry pan over medium-high heat, melt the butter with the olive oil. When hot, add the chicken, season with salt and pepper and saute gently, turning once, until the chicken is golden and opaque throughout and the juices run clear when the meat is pierced with a knife, about 3 minutes per side. Transfer the chicken to a warmed plate and keep warm.
Pour off any excess fat from the pan and place the pan over medium-low heat. Add the shallot and saute, stirring, until translucent, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the tarragon and cream, increase the heat to medium and stir with a wooden spoon, scraping up any browned bits from the pan bottom and blending well. Cook, stirring, until bubbling and thickened slightly, 2 to 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice. Return the chicken to the pan and turn each breast several times in the sauce until well coated and hot. Transfer the chicken to a warmed serving plate or individual plates and spoon the remaining sauce over the chicken. Sprinkle with parsley and serve immediately.
Although tarragon had been used only sparingly in American kitchens until the 1950s, the popular French herb became the rage here in that decade, especially with chicken and fish and as a seasoning for white wine vinegar.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (148g)|
|Recipe Makes: 4 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 119 (49%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 13.3g||18 %|
|Saturated Fat 6.1g||31 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 4.3g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 1.8g|
|Cholesterol 96.5mg||30 %|
|Sodium 122.7mg||4 %|
|Potassium 351.6mg||9 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 1.9g||1 %|
|Dietary Fiber 0g||0 %|
|Sugars, other 1.9g|
|Protein 27.9g||40 %|
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Calories per serving: 243
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