Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken

Spicy Tarragon Yogurt Chicken

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Chef John 15831

"Tarragon is one of the most aromatic and sweetest herbs that there is. It's good with chicken and really nice in a marinade like this. A good way to mix up the same old grilled chicken recipes."

Ingredients 2 h 25 m {{adjustedServings}} servings 316 cals

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  • Calories:
  • 316 kcal
  • 16%
  • Fat:
  • 7 g
  • 11%
  • Carbs:
  • 2.9g
  • < 1%
  • Protein:
  • 56.6 g
  • 113%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 152 mg
  • 51%
  • Sodium:
  • 1281 mg
  • 51%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Combine tarragon, Greek yogurt, harissa sauce, garlic, vinegar, cumin, and salt in a blender. Puree until smooth, scraping down sides as needed. Pour marinade over chicken breasts in a shallow dish, thoroughly coating both sides. Cover and refrigerate for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Preheat an outdoor grill for medium-high heat and lightly oil the grate.
  3. Remove chicken breasts from the marinade and place on the pre-heated grill. Cook over medium-high heat until dark grill marks appear, about 7 minutes per side.
  4. Garnish with harissa sauce and a sprig of tarragon.
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Footnotes

  • Chef's Note:
  • Any plain yogurt will work, but Greek yogurt is a little extra special. Do not let the chicken marinate for more than 3 hours because the enzymes in the yogurt will start to change the texture of the chicken.
  • Editor's Note:
  • You can find Chef John's harissa sauce recipe here.
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atopmtolympus
12/3/2013

This was outstanding. My first use of tarragon. The tarragon and cumin make such an awesome flavor combination. I didn't make the harissa sauce (though I think I will in the future), so I followed another reviewer's suggestion and used sriracha and some other spices as a substitute. Once I tasted the yogurt sauce, I knew I couldn't just use it as a marinade and then just toss the rest of it--so instead of grilling, I baked the chicken breasts in the marinade at 375 for about an hour. The chicken was so ridiculously moist and flavorful! And then I spooned some of the sauce (it makes a TON) over roasted veggies. I will DEFINITELY make this again.

Joce
10/1/2012

This was very tasty, although I did not have harissa, or the ingredients to make it, so I just added some cayenne to the marinade to try to get some spice. I will make it again with harissa.

LindaT
7/2/2012

Tasty and didn't make a mess of the grill. I use a different Harissa sauce and next time will add more. Chicken was very juicy