Grilled Tarragon Chicken Breasts; Facebook & I

My tarragon died last year.

Actually, it didn’t die but was eaten by something. It’s one of those strong-tasting herbs that one is supposed to plant that protects your garden by keeping pests away.

Sometimes, I wonder why I read gardening books. It seems that most information is anecdotal at best, and maybe proved valid once.

When we lived in the Midwest I surrounded my garden with marigolds. They were supposed to keep the squirrels out. I was attempting to protect my tomatoes.

The squirrels ate the marigolds – then ate the tomatoes. I saw them doing it.

I bought 2 tarragon plants this year…. proper French tarragon, not the Russian tarragon which is usually sold. One is in a pot by the door and the other is in the potager by the tomatoes. They are both turning into bushes.

I’m happy – I love tarragon.

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Grilled Tarragon Chicken Breasts

Tarragon is a lovely herb to pair with chicken or fish. When basting with a marinade, stop about 5 minutes before taking the meat off the heat, and turn the meat a final time to make certain the marinade is cooked.

  • Author: Kate
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • marinating time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Grilling


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 1 tbs snipped fresh chives 
  • 2 tbs snipped fresh tarragon  
  • 2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 2 tbs tarragon white wine vinegar
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tbs honey


  • Mix all ingredients except chicken, whisking well.
  • Pour over chicken and let marinate 10 – 15 minutes. 
  • Cook on barbecue grill for 8 – 12 minutes per side or until done (test – take a peak), basting with marinade. 
  • Remove and serve, sliced or not


Substitute 1 tsp each of dried herbs for the fresh.
Can be cooked in a skillet, also basting with marinade.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 379
  • Sugar: 8.7 g
  • Sodium: 481 mg
  • Fat: 12.4 g
  • Saturated Fat: 2.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 15.6 g
  • Fiber: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 45.9 g
  • Cholesterol: 144.8 mg

Keywords: tarragon, chicken, grilled chicken

Grilled Tarragon Chicken

I may love tarragon but I’m feeling a lot of hate towards Facebook at the moment.

They have, once again, made a major change without my permission or informing me ahead of time.

The nerve!!!!

I’m not a serious Facebook user. I have a few groups I pay attention to, a few people I pay attention to and I play Words with my kids.

I can no longer access Words at all and the groups are hidden away somewhere.

I can, however, look for a job, check on climate change in my area, get stock market updates, check out gaming videos, see what’s new on my college campus, arrange to purchase an ad, participate in fundraisers for everything, see what’s for sale everywhere in the world, and about 85 million other things I do not care in the least about.

I have been give no options as to what I can see or chose not to see.

I am not happy.

I’ll adjust – the same as I have adjusted to other changes I have no control over.

I am not required to be happy about it.

I think a nice chilled Rosado would do well with the Tarragon Salmon we’re having for dinner tonight.

I’ll be happy about that.

10 thoughts on “Grilled Tarragon Chicken Breasts; Facebook & I”

  1. I really have a love/hate relationship with FB. But I use FB Purity so at least I have a modicum of control over what I see and how I see it. However, FB has been shutting off access to ‘wrapper’ developers who designed programs to allow customization so I’m sure they’ll come for FB Purity soon as well. FB doesn’t want you to see what You want. FB wants you to see what FB wants.

    I’ve never really done companion planting. The few times I tried it, the plants just didn’t get along and the animals that weren’t supposed to bother them, decimated them :/

    • Thanks for that – I’ve not seen it before….. which is kind of surprising considering how often I have googled various FB complaints.
      As I said – I take everything I read in garden books with a very large pinch of salt….

  2. Companion planting may have some effect but my experience tells me it’s not going to be wonderfully effective…still worth doing though.
    Love the look of the chicken.

    • My thoughts on planting have devolved to the simple: either it grows or it doesn’t; it survives and produces or it doesn’t. I just watch lol
      As to the chicken – thanks 😉

  3. I am ambivalent about FB but its a means of communication and sharing esp when I lived overseas. I have not much other use for it or a great interest

  4. I enjoyed your Tarragon Chicken Breast Marinade because of your use of eclectic ingredients that pleasantly mix and even contrast each other without distracting from the tarragon. (For example, the onion flavor of the chives pairs well with the mild heat of the Dijon and the sweet honey contrasts the acidy vinegar).
    As you mention in your article, tarragon is a “strong-tasting” herb which provides the cook a greater freedom to use lots of different ingredients without masking the tarragon’s almost licorice flavor.

    • Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor to everything. And tarragon is a favorite in French cooking – as well as my kitchen.

  5. J’adore tarragon! I have finally managed to get it to survive in our container garden on the deck – it has lasted at least 10 years (hope I haven’t jinxed anything now). Happily, the chives are thriving there as well. Your marinade sounds wonderful!

    And like you, je déteste FB’s idiotic changes. The only reason I joined FB was to play word games with my sisters. The wordgame we play disappears from time to time. We can usually find it again with the search button. But it’s very irritating. I’m so sorry that your game with your children has disappeared. (FB is constantly badgering me to divulge what school(s) I went to and what my home town is. It makes guesses based on what my FB friends have told FB. I particularly like it when FB takes a stabbing guess and asks me if I went to a University in Armenia or one in Sweden.)

  6. My game returned – but it’s so irritating, and such a time waste when this stuff happens.
    I had a tarragon plant for years. I attempted to move it, which was successful initially. 2 years later it started slowly re-growing in the spring – then the slugs attacked it. Apparently my slugs have a refined palate…… I put in 2 new plants this year: 1 in a container and 1 in the ground. Both are thriving, thankfully.

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