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Creamy Mustard Chicken For One

Easy Creamy Mustard Chicken Recipe - a single serving version of a classic French dish. One chicken breast (or thigh) cooked in a velvety smooth and creamy mustard tarragon sauce. The ideal amount for anyone cooking for one. Serve over rice or pasta.

a pink bowl filled with chicken and a mustard sauce next to a light blue napkin.

When my kids were small, I would often make this creamy mustard chicken recipe for dinner. The flavor of the chicken with a mustard tarragon sauce is spectacular and my family loved the big chunks of chicken smothered with sauce served over a plate of pasta.

Why This Recipe Works

  • It's absolutely delicious!
  • This chicken with mustard tarragon sauce is an easy to make, low carb meal that comes together quickly and tastes gourmet.
  • It's a tried and tested recipe; I've taken the same keto-friendly chicken with mustard sauce that I've been making for so many years for my large family and scaled it down to serve one person. This chicken recipe has the same wonderful ingredients found in the original version but now it's the perfect amount for one.

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Ingredient Notes

See recipe box below for ingredient amounts and full recipe instructions.

  • Butter: I use salted butter when cooking the chicken.
  • Chicken: Use 1 boneless, skinless (6-ounce) chicken breast or thigh.
  • Salt & pepper: For flavor.
  • Heavy cream: Cream is a key ingredient found in the sauce. Heavy cream is also called double cream.
  • Dijon mustard and dried tarragon: For amazing flavor!

How To Make This Recipe

  1. Start by cutting one chicken breast into cubes. Heat a little butter in a skillet and add the chicken to the pan. Cook the chicken, then transfer the chicken pieces to a plate.
  2. Add cream to the same pan along with a teaspoon of dijon mustard and 1/2 teaspoon of dried tarragon. Stir the sauce for a few minutes until it begins to thicken. Add the chicken back to the pan and stir to coat all of the chicken with the sauce.
  3. Serve the chicken with mustard tarragon sauce with rice or over pasta.

Dijon mustard and tarragon go so well together and the velvety smooth sauce is ideal with chicken. I've even used the mustard tarragon sauce with salmon and shrimp as well.

Expert Tips

  • Consider keeping chicken pieces in the freezer so you can easily pull one out, defrost it, and cook it when ready. Look for chicken breasts (or thighs) and purchase them when they're on sale. Then, immediately divide, individually wrap and freeze pieces for later use. The USDA recommends freezing chicken breasts no longer than nine months for optimal quality.
  • If you would like to make a little extra mustard sauce, simply double the sauce ingredients.
an overhead view of mustard chicken in a pink bowl on a black tray with a fork on the side.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is This A Low Carb Chicken Recipe?

Yes! If you're following the keto diet, this mustard chicken needs to be on your menu. Instead of serving it with rice or pasta, try serving it with a delightful cauliflower mash.

What Should I Serve Chicken With Mustard Sauce With?

Roasted Carrots
Rice Pilaf
Roasted Brussels Sprouts
Spaghetti Squash
Buttered Noodles

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Chicken with Mustard Tarragon Sauce in a pink bowl

Creamy Mustard Chicken For One

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: French
Keywords: chicken, keto, low carb, mustard
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 391kcal
Author: Joanie Zisk

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tablespoon salted butter
  • 1 6-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast cut into strips or cubes (about 8-ounces)
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon

Instructions

  • In a medium-sized skillet over medium heat, melt the butter. 
    Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper and add to the pan.
    Brown chicken pieces on all sides. Reduce heat and cook, covered, 10 minutes.
  • Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil to keep warm. Add cream to the skillet; scraping up the brown bits from the pan.
  • Stir in the mustard and tarragon. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring constantly until sauce thickens slightly, about 5 minutes.
  • Taste sauce and add additional salt if necessary. Add the chicken back to the pan and stir to coat each piece of chicken with the sauce.
  • Pour over cooked rice or pasta.

Notes

Expert Tips
  • Consider keeping chicken pieces in the freezer so you can easily pull one out, defrost it, and cook it when ready. Look for chicken breasts (or thighs) and purchase them when they're on sale. Then, immediately divide, individually wrap and freeze pieces for later use. The USDA recommends freezing chicken breasts no longer than nine months for optimal quality.
  • If you would like extra sauce, double the sauce ingredients to make extra.

Nutrition

Calories: 391kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 30g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 842mg | Potassium: 462mg | Vitamin A: 1050IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 0.7mg

The information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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16 thoughts on “Creamy Mustard Chicken For One”

  1. 5 stars
    Outstanding chicken recipe. It’s my new favorite. I love tarragon. It gives such a fresh flavor. I can make this recipe year round. Thanks Joanie!

  2. Is there something that can be used in this other than heavy cream? Seems to add a lot of fat to the dish and I am trying to loose weight.

    1. Hi Marilyn,
      You could use lowfat milk instead if you would like. As the sauce simmers, the cream causes the sauce to thicken a bit. Using lower fat milk would still be delicious but the sauce will not be as thick.

      Joanie

  3. Wow. I just found your site a few days ago. I tried the Baked Chicken Caprese which was delicious. Tonight I fixed the Easy Creamy Mustard Chicken. I’ve never had tarragon before so I wasn’t sure but it turned out fabulously and its definitely going to be one of my go to meals.

    1. Hi Sonia,
      I’m so happy you found our website and are enjoying the recipes. Thank you so much for taking the time to let me know.

      Have a wonderful week!
      Joanie

    1. Hi Tillia,

      I’ve never tried making this dish in a slow cooker so I can’t tell you if it would work the same. However, if you decide to try it, I would cook the chicken in the slow cooker with a little salt and pepper and add in a cup or so of chicken broth (I’m assuming you are using a 1.5 to 2-quart slow cooker). After the chicken has cooked, remove the chicken briefly from the slow cooker and whisk in the cream, mustard, and tarragon. Then put the chicken back into the sauce to cook until the sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes. Be sure to add additional salt and pepper if necessary.

  4. Linden Mcgilloway

    5 stars
    I made this tonight. It was awesome. I was happily surprised how tender the chicken was. I have not had that recently with any chicken recipe. Tasty and tender. Perfect portion. So happy and thank you for sharing with all!

  5. 5 stars
    Great recipe, I will definitely try to cook this tonight, looks great. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe with us.

  6. Rebecca Hubbell

    5 stars
    I love mustard and adding in the tarragon made for such a delicious meal, thanks for the recipe!

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