Friday, February 28, 2014

Honey Glazed Tarragon Chicken and Gravy (Freezer/Batch Recipe)

Honey glazed tarragon chicken is a great meal to have stocked in your freezer for a quick and easy meal.  In just about the time it takes to warm through, dinner is ready.  You can serve this chicken and gravy over rice or noodles or for an even quicker and easier meal, over toasted bread for a hot open face sandwich.  Add a side vegetable (you always have frozen veggies on hand, right?) and dinner is served!

Honey Glazed Tarragon Chicken

The recipe below makes 4 servings but its easy to make up a big batch for the freezer.

1 pound bone-in chicken breast, skin removed
1 tsp dried tarragon leaves or 1 tbsp chopped fresh tarragon
1 tsp chicken base or 1 chicken bullion cube
1/4 cup honey
3 tbsp flour
1 cup water
Salt and pepper to taste

  1. Season the chicken with salt, pepper and tarragon and cook the chicken until done.  You can bake the chicken in a covered baking dish or you can use a pressure cooker.  Follow all the manufacturers directions when using a pressure cooker.  Once the chicken is cooked, remove it to a dish to cool.  Reserve all the cooking liquids.  When cool enough to handle, remove the bones and break the chicken meat into chunks.
  2. Add the chicken, chicken base and the honey to the reserved cooking liquid.
    1. Cool, package and freeze the chicken with the cooking liquid.  Be sure to label, date and include the remaining instructions for finishing the recipe
  3. Bring the chicken and liquid to a simmer in a large saucepan.  Make a slurry of the flour and water and add it to the saucepan while stirring continually.  Simmer for 5 minutes more until the gravy is thickened and everything is warmed through.
  4. Serve over rice, noodles or toasted bread. 

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