This classic French combo of wine, cream sauce, grapes, and (in this case) chicken should be understated and elegant. But misguided modern cooks have made it a messy patchwork.
Why This Recipe Works
Chicken, grapes, and tarragon may sound like a dubious combination, but we were determined to make a tasty version of this classic French dish. We pound chicken breasts to an even thinness and sauté them in butter to develop flavorful fond. Then we build a simple, subtly flavored sauce with shallots, cream, and wine and thicken it to a silky consistency with a cornstarch slurry. Halved green grapes, tarragon, and lemon juice are added right at the end for a complex, elegant, yet no-fuss dish.