Tuesday 9 August 2011


The mini heat wave came to Britain last week as promised. Sunshine just gives me a boost of energy and I've decided to put that to good use. I have enlisted my husband (since I've noticed that he's more animated than usual) in doing the neglected garden chores. It felt so good to finally do the things that has been put on hold for far too long.

All that activity has left me too tired to cook. I am no fan of ready meals or take aways but I sure do like quick and easy to make dishes. Like pasta.

I used the French dish tarragon chicken to make this quick and easy pasta dish. I so love the licorice flavour of the herb tarragon so I used a generous amount here. Chicken, chestnut mushrooms and creme fraiche completes this dish that can be cooked in a few minutes. Toasted pine nuts adds a crunchy accent.This is so good for a mid-week meal. Even if you are rushed after work, this still can be done without effort at all. You may omit the chicken and it won't be missed as the tarragon and mushrooms already has a lot of flavour. You can change the pasta but choose the long or flat ones rather than tube pasta which are too heavy for cream sauces. 

This recipe serves two.


200 gms. farfalle or bow tie pasta
2 skinless, boneless chicken thighs or 1 chicken breast, cut into thin strips
2 tbsps. butter
3 cloves of garlic, crushed
6 chestnut mushrooms
1/4 cup fresh tarragon
300 mls. crème fraîche
1/2 c. milk
2 tbsps. toasted pine nuts
Cheddar cheese to serve


Boil the pasta just until al dente. 

Season the chicken with 1/2 tsp. of salt and a pinch of pepper. 

Heat up a pan and add the butter. Sauté the garlic for 1 minute. Add the chicken and sauté for 3 minutes. Add the mushrooms and cook for 2 minutes. The mushrooms has to have some bite and texture. 

Add the tarragon and stir for 1 minute. Take out 1/4 cup of this mixture to top the pasta before serving. 

Add the crème fraîche and milk to the pan. Stir and bring to a boil. Add the cooked pasta. Season to taste with salt and pepper. 

Divide into two individual dishes, top with the reserved chicken and mushroom mixture and sprinkle with the toasted pine nuts. Serve with grated cheese. 

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  1. Adora, this pasta looks so delicious. I wish my husband likes pasta as much as I do. I really, really can eat pasta 5 days a week (maybe 2 days Asian). Your simple pasta looks perfect to me. I LOVE it's simple to cook yet really delicious. Off subject, I never thought of owning green plates, but after looking at your dish here I think I'm in love. The pasta stand out really beautifully and it's nice!!!

  2. I will definately try this recipe this week. We are on vacation with my husband and this pasta sounds wonderful!!

  3. This looks like a tasty well rounded meal. It is amazing what you came up with, even though you were tired! Love the flavors in this light colorful dish. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I love simple, flavorful pasta dishes...and yours looks amazing!

  5. Spectacular photo! Way to get me thinking about an herb that pretty much just sits in my cupboard :) Buzzed!

  6. Ah, yes. I was wondering if you had pre-cooked the chicken or something in order to "whip" this dish up. It turned out so lovely! And mmm, I know it's just absolutely scrumptious. I hope you guys slept well that night!

  7. That looks so yummy! Just the perfect amount of tarragon. I think sometimes people use to much of it and then it overpowers the dish. It looks like you have it just right..

  8. what a great use of tarragon, sounds and looks delicious

  9. Adora I hope that whatever happened in London didn't affect you much and that you're ok.

    Your pasta dish is great in it simplicity. As much as I love cooking sometimes it feels so good to have a meal on the table in no time.

  10. Adora, I'm so with you on this quick and easy pasta thing. Nothing's better than a delicious, hearty meal prepared with minimal effort on a hot day. That tarragon and mushroom flavors really rock, and oh, I'm so glad the sun has finally decided to pay London a visit!

  11. Btw, the riots in London and around the UK look rather worrying from afar. I hope you and your family continue to keep safe.

  12. Thank you very much for your concern, Lilly and Maya. We are safe and hope that all these violence are stopped at the soonest time.

  13. This looks just delicious! Chicken and tarragon is such a classic combination....and who doesn't love pasta!

  14. I love the licorice-y flavour of tarragon with chicken too. Such a lovely pasta dish!

  15. What an awesome pasta dish, Adora! Sounds so simple to prepare but looks so scrumptious!

  16. I like your blog. I like your recipes. I am an official follower now n.n

  17. Everyone in my house loves pasta and it's my go-to quick and easy dinner. Chicken and tarragon are a wonderful pairing and with mushrooms and a light cream sauce,mmmm... looks divine!

  18. Oh yum! I've never cooked with tarragon before but will bookmark this recipe for sure :) I am also in love with all the beautiful plates you have!


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