Tarragon chicken with lemon

  • Preparation Time15 mins
  • Cooking Time20 mins
  • Serves4
  • DifficultyEasy
4 skinless chicken legs, skin removed (about 1.1kg)
2 tbsp minced fresh tarragon leaves
2 tsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 tsp cornflour
1 tsp cold water, more if needed
250ml chicken stock, low-sodium canned, or homemade
2 tbsp dry white vermouth
Freshly ground black pepper

1) Preheat the oven to 190C/Gas 5.

2) Heat a medium-large skillet over high heat. Add the olive oil. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper, and lay the pieces in the pan rounded-side down first (the side that had the skin). Cook the chicken, turning only once, until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer chicken to an oven-proof dish, reserving the skillet. Place the chicken to the oven and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the chicken registers 68 to 72 C, about 15 minutes.

3) Meanwhile, pour the vermouth into the reserved skillet, scraping up any browned bits that cling to the pan with a wooden spoon, and cook over medium heat until the liquid reduces by about half. Add the chicken broth and continue to cook until slightly thickened.

4) In a small bowl whisk a teaspoon or so of cold water with the cornflour, then whisk the mixture into the broth and bring to a full boil. Remove from heat and add the zest, lemon juice, and tarragon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

5) Remove the chicken from the oven. Pour any pan drippings from the chicken into the sauce and stir to combine. Divide the chicken pieces between 4 plates. Pour the sauce over the chicken and serve.

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