Buttonwood Farm Winery's Tarragon Chicken

A mouth-watering, white wine-based sauce enhances tender roast chicken. Try this simple recipe and toast your success with a glass of Buttonwood Farm Winery wine.

Servings: 4–8

Cook Time: 1 1/2 hour

Pair With: A white Bordeaux blend, like the Buttonwood Farm Winery 2010 Devin.

Source: Recipe courtesy Betty Williams of Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard; photo by Tama Takahashi


1 whole fryer chicken, washed and patted dry
1 large white onion, chopped
2 big sprigs tarragon + extra
about 5 tablespoons butter at room temperature, in two parts
6 ounces dry white wine
6 ounces water
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon of Kitchen Bouquet (browning and seasoning sauce made with caramel and vegetable flavorings)
freshly ground black pepper
Wondra (the brand name for a type of low protein, finely ground flour also called "instant flour") as needed


Preheat the oven to 450°F.

Place the whole chicken in a baking dish. Stuff the cavity with coarsely chopped white onion and 2 big sprigs of tarragon. Sprinkle some onions and tarragon around the chicken, too. Butter the chicken liberally on all exposed skin with the 4 tablespoons butter, then pour over it the dry white wine, water, soy sauce, plus Kitchen Bouquet for color. Grind black pepper on top.

Bake, covered loosely with foil, for 15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 350° and continue cooking until tender, approximately 45 minutes. Uncover and broil, adding a little butter on the top, for 5 to 7 minutes until well browned. Turn off the oven. To make gravy, pour off juices of the chicken into a saucepan. Boil and whisk in Wondra to thicken slightly, as desired. Slice chicken and serve with the sauce.

Chef's Notes:

Editor's Note: I substituted vegetarian Better Than Bouillon for the Kitchen Bouquet and 1 tablespoon pastry flour for the Wondra, boiling and whisking the sauce for 5 minutes to reduce to a thickness of heavy cream.

Recipe Courtesy Of

Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard

Long before grapevines were planted on the hilltop at Buttonwood Farm Winery & Vineyard, it was home to horses, goats, and chickens; trees bearing fruit, nuts, and olives; and gardens filled with vegetables, herbs, and flowers.