Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Butter

Grilled Chicken with Tarragon Butter I prepare this dish inside on my stovetop gas grill in winter and outdoors on my gas or charcoal grill in summer. Make sure your grill is very clean, or the chicken will stick. The bird is grilled long enough so that most of the fat in the skin drains away, and it is then transferred to a warm oven to finish cooking in its own juices. A delicious tarragon butter, dotted on the chicken at serving time, replicates the flavor of a bearnaise sauce.


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

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Time Details

    PREP : 20 mins

    COOK : 30 mins

    TOTAL : 50 mins

    SERVING : 4

    YIELD : 4 servings

  • Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat. Preheat oven to 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).

  • Spread 1 tablespoon olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon salt over the chicken pieces.

  • Place chicken pieces skin-side down on the hot grill; cook until browned, turning occasionally, about 20 minutes for the breasts and 30 minutes for the leg pieces. An instant-read thermometer inserted near the bone should read 165 degrees F (74 degrees C). Transfer to a baking sheet and keep warm in the preheated oven.

  • Combine remaining 1 1/2 tablespoon olive oil, remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, butter, tarragon, and lemon juice in a food processor; blend until smooth.

  • Divide grilled chicken pieces among 4 serving plates. Dot each serving with about 1 tablespoon of the tarragon butter.

Per Serving: 575 calories; protein 51.4g; carbohydrates 0.5g; fat 39.6g; cholesterol 219.9mg; sodium 588.4mg. From “Poulets & Legumes: My Favorite Chicken & Vegetable Recipes” (2016) by Jacques Pepin. Reproduced by permission of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt/Rux Martin Books. All rights reserved.