Chicken in Tarragon-Cheese Sauce with Linguine

Chicken in Tarragon-Cheese Sauce with Linguine

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10 min.
30 min.
4 Servings

This elegant Chicken in Tarragon-Cheese Sauce with Linguine is a perfect entertaining choice. The tarragon adds a subtle licorice flavor to the delicious cheese sauce that your guests will keep talking about.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 (about 1 pound total) boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped shallots
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) NESTLÉ® CARNATION® Evaporated Milk
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream cheese
  • 1/3 cup (about 1 1/2 ounces) grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon or 1 teaspoon dried tarragon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse ground black pepper
  • 1 package (9 ounces) BUITONI Refrigerated Linguine (9 oz.)
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HEAT oil in large skillet. Add chicken; cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink. Remove from skillet; keep warm.

ADD shallots to skillet; stir, scraping up brown bits on bottom. Cook, stirring constantly, until shallots are tender. Whisk in evaporated milk, cream cheese, Parmesan cheese, tarragon, salt and pepper; cook, whisking constantly, until sauce thickens slightly. Stir in chicken; cook until heated through.

PREPARE pasta according to package directions. Pour sauce over pasta; serve immediately.

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Quite good

This Alfredo-esque sauce nicely complements the chicken and pasta for an authentic Italian meal. The one flaw was that it lost some of it's flavor when it cooled off.

- Sally from NY


I made this dish this evening for my girlfriend and her roommate. I'm a twenty two year old college student, who, other than working in a kitchen for a year when I was sixteen, doesn't have a great deal of cooking experience, and this was a very easy to make an absolutely delicious meal. I actually replaced the pasta with the crispy pesto potato(recipe also on this website). I put the potatos in the bottom of a bowl and poured the chicken and sauce over the potatos and it paired perfectly. I will definitely make this again.

- Zac from Murfreesboro, TN

it is awesome

I tried this recipe a couple years ago and i fell in love. I have continued to make this for the last few years and everyone i have made it for loves it!

- Jacqueline mccave from Glendale arizona


Love it! I am a fan of tarragon, and love anything made with it. It is a great recipe!

- Lily Lococo from Ohio


My family loves this recipe! It's very tasty and so easy to make. I deleted the shallots per my kids request and it was still great. My toddler even liked it. Definitely a keeper!

- Sarah Morrow from Asheville, NC

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1/4 of Recipe

Servings Per Recipe: 4

  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 589
  • Calories from Fat: 240
  • Total Fat: 26.7g (41% of DV)
  • Saturated Fat: 12.4g (62% of DV)
  • Cholesterol: 189mg (63% of DV)
  • Sodium: 1273mg (51% of DV)
  • Carbohydrates: 43.8g (14% of DV)
  • Dietary Fiber: 1.7g (7% of DV)
  • Sugars: 1.5g
  • Protein: 37g
  • Vitamin A: 8% of DV
  • Vitamin C: 5% of DV
  • Calcium: 46% of DV
  • Iron: 13% of DV

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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