Photo: Jennifer Causey; Styling: Claire Spollen
Hands-on Time
45 Mins
Total Time
3 Hours 15 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: about 1 cup)

Instead of tarragon, you can substitute fresh parsley in this classic chicken and pasta dish. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Place first 8 ingredients in a large stockpot; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 45 minutes or until chicken is done. Place chicken on a cutting board; cool. Remove solids with a slotted spoon, reserving liquid; discard solids.

Step 2

Remove skin from chicken; discard skin. Remove breast halves and leg and thigh meat; reserve bones. Shred 1 chicken breast half and dark meat chicken; reserve for Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup and Chicken Salad with Bok Choy, Almonds, and Apricots. Add bones to pan; simmer, uncovered, 1 1/2 hours, skimming surface occasionally. Discard bones. Bring stock to a boil; cook 12 minutes or until reduced to 4 1/2 cups.

Step 3

Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Drain in a colander over a bowl, reserving 1/3 cup cooking liquid.

Step 4

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add oil; swirl. Add shallots; sauté 1 minute. Add 1/4 teaspoon salt and mush­rooms; cook 4 minutes. Sprinkle flour over pan; cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Add wine; cook 1 minute. Add 1/2 cup stock (reserve remaining 4 cups for Shredded Chicken Tortilla Soup) and reserved 1/3 cup pasta cooking liquid; simmer 2 minutes. Cut remaining chicken breast half into 1/2-inch pieces. Stir in chicken pieces, 1/2 teaspoon salt, crème fraîche, chopped tarragon, ground pepper, and pasta. Garnish with tarragon sprigs.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Hearty and easily adaptable

September 12, 2015
such a great recipe. My whole family liked it. Daughter is a vegetarian so I pulled out a serving for her before adding the chicken.

Watery mess

August 08, 2017
Flavors are great (with a bit of added salt) but the consistency is awful. The mushroom/chicken mix has been boiling hard now for 15 minutes and is still a watery mess. And I'm an experienced cook, and followed the recipe exactly. Creamy? Ha.Once again, Cooking Light cuts corners and underestimates cooking times and ingredient proportions to create a recipe that looks quick and easy, but is completely misleading. Good luck with this one.