Tarragon Chicken

Having a dog is an interesting experience. This comes from someone who has had a dog for about 23 days. What they said about it being life changing and all that? True. Trust me when I tell you that I was positively convinced we had made the biggest mistake of our lives within 1 hour of Asher entering into our lives.

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That sentiment was further confirmed when I had to clean all manner of stains and puddles from the floor within the first 24 hours. I didn’t sleep the first night, panicking about every possible thing… It was miserable. I was miserable.

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But as they say, it gets better. After cleaning out his play pen for the 64th time, one does get used to it a little (it’s still really really gross but not so foreign anymore). Then he starts to figure some things out. And it feels less overwhelming. And waking up early everyday (including weekends) to feed this boy doesn’t feel as much like a drudgery as it did the first week.

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I now feel okay about the 20 minutes spent sitting beside Asher during the quiet of the mornings, stroking his back, breathing in the cool air before having to get ready for work.We’re figuring this thing out. Being Asher’s parent is strange. It’s definitely nowhere near like having a child, I know. But this little taste of it makes me appreciate my parents more. My good friends who are now young parents? You guys are heroes. At least Asher eats only dog biscuits and drink water. Raising a child is an adventure! Respect!!

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While hubs and I are still finding out way around this whole new-doggie-parents thing, I guess the best thing to do is to savour the good moments and take the bad as they come. Even if it means mopping the floors again 10 minutes after you cleaned it. Or being firm when he’s being naughty. Or standing by and waiting for him to go potty for 25 minutes. Those little puppy licks and cuddles are totally worth it, right? Right? Dog parents out there, tell me I’m right.

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In a similar vein (see my smooth segway there?) tarragon is a spice I’ve never ever used before this recipe. I’ve never even noticed or heard about it until I came across Nigella’s recipe for Tarragon Chicken. What is tarragon and how does it taste like?

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It’s peppery and herby. And really goes well in a meaty creamy dish such as this! Normally this dish is made using white wine as the braising liquid but a you saw above, I substituted that with chicken broth and a dash of cider vinegar to mimic white wine’s crispness. It’s not the same of course but we don’t drink so this made a nice replacement.

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Look at all that flavour! 
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This quick sauce consists of stirring in Greek yogurt (or sour cream), freshly chopped tarragon & spring onions!
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And that, my friends, is one tasty sauce.
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This first experience with tarragon turned out very well! 
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The sauce is lightly thickened by the yogurt but not heavy due to the addition of cider vinegar previously as well as the natural tang of the yogurt.
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Hesitation at first then pure bliss.
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May my maiden experience with tarragon mirror the one I’ll have as a puppy mom.
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Here’s to more puppy kisses to outweigh all the puddle cleaning!
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And more rice!
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Asher

Love me, please?

Sigh. This face. ♥
Also, Happy Birthday to me. Asher is my birthday present, hubs said. I think I kinda like my present. Until the next floor clean-up, I’m sure.

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Tarragon Chicken
 
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Recipe type: Main
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 5 Chicken Drumsticks, skin on
  • Salt & Pepper
  • 2 tbsp Canola Oil
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1 cup Chicken Broth
  • 1 tbsp Cider Vinegar
  • 2 stalks Spring Onions, chopped with white & greens separated
  • 4-5 sprigs Tarragon, leaves stripped & chopped
  • ¼ cup Greek Yogurt
Steps
  1. Heat up oil in a deep pan on MED HIGH.
  2. Meanwhile, season chicken with salt & ground pepper.
  3. Sear chicken drumsticks until sides are brown. If your pan and oil is hot enough, the chicken will naturally release from the pan when it's seared.
  4. Remove chicken & set aside.
  5. Toss in white parts of chopped spring onions, minced garlic & stalks of tarragon leaves that have been stripped off. Lower heat to MED & saute for about 30 secs.
  6. Pour in broth & vinegar. Bring to a boil & add chicken back in with accumulated juices.
  7. Bring heat to a simmer and cook covered for about 20 mins, or until chicken is cooked through.
  8. Remove chicken pieces.
  9. Toss in green spring onions, chopped tarragon leaves & yogurt. Stir to combine in cooking liquid.
  10. Place chicken back in & stir until coated with sauce.
  11. Taste to adjust seasoning. Serve with rice or noodles!

Comments

  1. Happy birthday, lady! I hope it’s been an amazing day (and that there have been far less puppy puddles to clean up for you!) Being a pet parent is totally training for an actual kiddo… and you’re doing great! It’s exhausting, but it gets better. And puppy cuddles are totally worth it. And seeing your puppy grow into an amazing dog? The best thing!

    • Thank ye, Erin 🙂 Asher’s been really good lately with house-training. Far less slip ups and puddles. Feels like the hard work is slowly paying off! I was super tired this morning and just picked him up for a bit of a cuddle. You’re right. It’s awesome. Thanks for your encouragement, Erin! It felt impossibly insane but your email to me made a world of difference. Also, Loving Helen’s pics on Instagram. Trust you’re doing super great, new momma. <3

      • You’re welcome! I’m so happy that Asher has been doing well recently with the house training and that he’s all about the cuddles. 🙂 I’m also happy to hear my e-mail made a world of difference to you. So happy I was able to send it when I did, haha. Thank you! Amelia is doing wonderfully, and we’re so happy she’s here. Four weeks today!

        • I couldn’t believe you actually wrote to me then :-D. I’ll never forget it, lady. Ever. It calmed me down so much and gave me a lot of assurance. You have no idea. Happy 4 weeks, Amelia! More cuddly pics on IG 😉

  2. Happy Birthday, Jayne! Hope you had a blast!
    I totally understand how you felt. It is very stressful! Having a dog is so much harder than it seems, especially puppy. It is like no one ever tell you how much work there is to have a dog. People only share the joy and happy stories. But you are getting a hang of it now. I am sure it is a wonderful feeling to see that cute Asher face every morning. 🙂

    • Hey Lokness. Thanks so much for your well wishes. We spent the night in quietly. Haha.. It feels way better and more comfortable.
      You’re so right about not being told the hard bits of pet parenting! Every single person or site I got to told me all that beautiful stories and happy things. I was TOTALLY not prepared for it at all. But you know, it’s getting easier with Asher slowly house-trained. We gave him a bath last night and he was all cuddly this morning. I’m beginning to reap the benefits. 🙂

      • So glad to hear that. I am sure you have gone through the toughest part by now. Things should only get better. Can’t wait to see more cute pics of Asher soon! 😉

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