Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas

Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Tarragon Chicken Casserole

The herb garden is growing with wild abandon. Herbs for the picking. To enhance dishes for every meal.

The tarragon is growing well -- to be used lavishly in cooking and some to be put into jars to make tarragon vinegar. The only flavored vinegar we make now.

But we love to use it in cooking and tarragon seems to have an affinity for chicken and so for a ladies lunch, we did a tarragon chicken casserole.
It was an easy dish and a yummy dish. Instead of one big casserole, I chose to bake it in individual gratin dishes.
With fresh tarragon as a garnish, it made for a great luncheon casserole.
It's almost shamefully easy but the flavor and presentation belie the ease of preparation.


2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 cups half and half
4 T. fresh tarragon (or 4 t. dried)
1/2 t. pepper
16 ounce package linguine
5 to 6 cups cubed cooked chicken
1/2 cup Grated Parmesan cheese

Mix all ingredients (except cheese and paprika) in a big mixing bowl. Pour into casserole dish (or individual au gratin dishes). Sprinkle with cheese and paprika. Bake at 350 until heated through (about 30 to 35 minutes for a large casserole -- less for the individual dishes).


Peg said...

This sounds wonderful. With all those other delicious ingredients, I bet you could just forget the tarragon... ha, ha! I love herbs, but somehow I forget to use them as much as I could.

Signing Out said...

Your tarragon chicken casserole looks yummy! Fresh herbs really do enhance the flavor of foods.


The Bramble Patch said...

These look delicious!

Bill said...

I really want to try your recipe! It sounds delicious, and your presentation is very beautiful!

Thanks for stopping by and leaving the nice comment!

Bill @ Affordable Accoutrements

imjacobsmom said...

Very impressive little casseroles. Thanks for the inspiration! I'm going to look for those individual gratin dishes and do this. I think that it would be fun to eat it this way, too. Your recipes sounds yummy! ~ Robyn

Lemon Verbena Lady said...

This sounds right up The Herbal Husband's alley! Half & Half and pasta!

Mary Bergfeld said...

Tarragon is one of my three favorite herbs and these casseroles look delicious. Thanks, Martha.

Blondie's Journal said...

I love tarragon paired with chicken and if you make a gravy from the drippings with a little more tarragon added, you have a great "comfort food" meal. But I am going to try your recipe. The presentation is beautiful!!


Pondside said...

That sounds like the first fall bridge lunch offering - thank you!

SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I love tarragon and chicken together! My favorite chicken salad has lots of tarragon in it. I'm sure I would love your chicken casserole too.


Judy said...

This looks so elegant and delicious. I didn't plant tarragon this year but miss it, and will definitely plant it next year.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Yum! I'm loving this idea of the individual servings. Thanks for the recipe. laurie