Tarragon Chicken Recipe

This tarragon chicken recipe is delicious off the barbecue or out of a skillet. You can even bake it in the oven! Either way… yum!

Mom’s always make the best food. Don’t you think? Even if your own mom wasn’t the greatest cook, I’d be willing to bet you know somebody’s mom who could cook like no other.

Clean Eating BBQ Tarragon Chicken Recipe

My mom is a case in point. She can make just about anything taste great. She taught me to bake my chicken with lemon juice and tarragon. Fabulous stuff!

So it wasn’t a far stretch to use that recipe for a fantastic BBQ dinner. The flavor of the tarragon is a bit milder and more subdued because the flavor of the bbq becomes prevalent with this recipe. But it’s a fantastic flavor when it’s done!

In fact, I encourage you to try it both ways. Try it on the grill AND in the oven. You’ll love them both!

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Tarragon Chicken Recipe

A deliciously simple way to prepare chicken.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 382kcal


  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 2 breasts)
  • 2 tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2 tsp. onion powder
  • 1 tbsp. dried tarragon
  • 1 tbsp. oil


Grilling Instructions

  • Place all ingredients in a plastic bag, tie off and shake until the chicken is completely covered in the seasonings and oil.
  • Remove the chicken from the bag and place it on the bbq. Cook until it reaches about 165 degrees F. with a meat thermometer.

Skillet Instructions

  • Melt the oil in the pan and add the chicken. Keep the heat on low to medium.
  • When it's mostly cooked, sprinkle on the tarragon, spices and lemon juice, and finish cooking.
  • The chicken should reach an internal temperature of at least 165 F. on a meat thermometer when done.


Please note that the nutrition data given here is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.


Serving: 0.5the recipe | Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 51g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 145mg | Sodium: 274mg | Potassium: 1170mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 378IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 114mg | Iron: 4mg

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  1. Mamastrat says:

    My Mom used to make something she called “Pie-Plant Dowdy” (pie plant being the old fashioned name for rhubarb). She didn’t use a recipe, and I have never been able to duplicate this wonderful dessert…

    1. Anonymous says:

      Mamastrat – Ya, it’s sad when we lose those kinds of recipes. I’ve never heard of rhubarb being called pie plant, but it’s certainly makes sense!

  2. My mom loved to cook. I would always joke that she could take dirty dish water and turn it into the best gravy! I loved her spaghetti and meatballs once upon a time. I, on the other hand, hated to cook….loved to bake – hated to cook…until I started to eat clean! I have found a whole new love for cooking through the chopping of fresh vegetables and experimenting with all kinds of grains!
    Your website is a big reason for my new love affair with cooking. Thanks for easy, delicious recipes. I’m making this chicken tonight. I made the pitas the other day…and f.y.i -yours were waaaaaaaaaaaaay prettier than mine. 🙁

    1. Anonymous says:

      Bette – LOL!! It just takes a little practice. I bet the next time you make them, your pitas will be pretty too!

      1. I redeemed pita-self with the tarragon chicken! So delicious, so easy. Great recipe!

        1. Anonymous says:

          Bette – Ha! Glad you enjoyed it!

  3. megan @ whatmegansmaking says:

    I agree that moms make the best food – my mom makes some amazing spaghetti sauce!

    1. Anonymous says:

      Megan – Ya, sadly that’s the one thing I have not yet mastered. Some day!

  4. ChellBellz says:

    I’ll be the one to say that my mom can’t cook for nothing. I spent all my time in the kitchen with my grandmother and i’m the cook of the house, so yeah lol. I couldn’t even give her one of these recipes and expect her not to mess it up! LOL

    1. Anonymous says:

      CB – Sounds like your grandmother could cook though!

  5. Melissa Foley says:

    What if you don’t have a BBQ? Does it still have the same flavor if you bake the chicken?

    1. Anonymous says:

      Melissa – Yes! You can bake it at 350 degrees F until it reaches at least 165 on a meat thermometer. It’s quite tasty!

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  8. Another GREAT recipe thank you!! First experience with tarragon however and wondering if you have a some other herb to suggest instead? I liked it mostly but my hubby and son were not. LOVE your recipes G. P.!!

    1. graciouspantry says:

      Try rosemary. That’s always good on chicken.

  9. Hello,
    I am curious as to where the sodium comes from. Is it in the chicken? My hubby is on a low/no sodium diet. This looks like it will be fine for him, but again I’m curious.


    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Jonessa – Yes, I believe it’s from the chicken. “Low sodium” is generally considered under 140 mg. So this is only slightly higher.