Friday, 11 January 2013

Chicken with Tarragon Salsa Verde

I will do anything, including roasting chicken breasts in my oven on a sweltering hot day, to eat this salsa verde.

Chicken with Tarragon Salsa Verde
from Nigella Lawson's Nigellissima
Serves 4

For the Chicken:
2 tablespoons olive oil
4 chicken breasts (skin on)
A few sprigs of tarragon
Freshly ground black pepper

For the Salsa Verde:
3 tablespoons roughly chopped tarragon
1 large handful parsley leaves, roughly chopped
1 spring onion including green part, roughly chopped
Zest of half a lemon and the juice of half of it
80ml extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon sea salt flakes

Roast the Chicken:
Preheat the oven to 220 degrees C.
Pour 1 tablespoon of the oil into a roasting pan. Add chicken, skin side up, and pour over the remaining tablespoon of oil. Rub the chicken skin with the oil and pop the tarragon sprigs in and around the chicken. Grind over the pepper and roast in the oven for about 20 minutes or until the skins are golden and the chicken is cooked through.

Once cooked, take them out of the oven and leave them to rest in the pan for about 5-10 minutes while you make the salsa verde.

Make the Salsa Verde:
Blitz all the ingredients in a blender. Add the pan juices from the roasting pan to thin the salsa and blitz again.

To Serve:
Cut the chicken into 1cm thick slices and arrange on a platter. Drizzle over the salsa verde.


  1. Tarragaon salsa verde? Now I'm curious. I always ate the mexican salsa verde and I really love it but this one, I gotta do it! With the chicken and all, yummm! Your photos are incredible as usual :)

  2. Tarragon pairs so well with Chicken. Your chicken is perfectly cooked. I bet the salsa verde was marvelous.

  3. GOT to try this salsa verde. It sounds so refreshing! Beauitful photos, too!

  4. Thanks Gabrielle. This salsa is very addictive. My kids were eating it off the spoon at the end.

  5. Thanks Patty. Tarragon and chicken are a classic pairing. This is so tasty and really easy to put together.

  6. Thanks Little Kitchie. You've gotta try this salsa, I know you're gonna love it.