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Goat Cheese Fried Chicken with Cherry Tarragon Sauce

This goat cheese fried chicken with cherry tarragon sauce is crispy on the outside with a creamy goat cheese sauce and topped with tarragon tart cherries.

Being productive on a Sunday can be filed under ‘things you don’t want to do after drinking 4 glasses of wine the night before’.

Ginger tried to wake us up 3 times yesterday morning unsuccessfully before I decided around 10:30am my head felt ok enough to finally be upright.

Upright and productive however, are two very different things.

Fried chicken in a creamy goat cheese sauce topped with tarragon tart cherries

I had a to-do list about a mile long for this past weekend knowing I’ll be away for 4 days at the end of this week and accomplished exactly zero items on it yesterday opting instead to plant more succulents in tin cans for my kitchen window sill and lay in the sun on the front steps.

I gave absolutely no thought to dinner until it became a necessity and then somehow this goat cheese fried chicken happened.

It’s not real fried chicken in that breaded crunchy glory (try this gluten free fried chicken recipe for that) but rather pan-fried until the skin is super crispy.

Fried chicken with goat cheese and cherry tarragon sauce

It was one of those times where you have this vague idea of what you want, take out about 20 things from the fridge not sure what you’re really going to end up using and with every ingredient you add, the dish just morphs into something new.

Most times, that ends up being a hot mess and elicits “sooooo, what made you make this?” kind of comments from confused husbands at the dinner table.

Goat cheese fried chicken with cherry tarragon sauce

Last night, he told me this could easily be a $28 dish in a restaurant.

I think that makes up for at least 3 unaccomplished to-do list items.  

Not bad for a hung over cook.


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Goat Cheese Fried Chicken with Cherry Tarragon Sauce

This goat cheese fried chicken with cherry tarragon sauce is crispy on the outside with a creamy goat cheese sauce and topped with tarragon tart cherries.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings


For the Goat Cheese Fried Chicken

  • 1 1/2 pounds chicken thighs bone in and with skin
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca flour you can substitute regular flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons butter divided
  • 1/3 cup chicken broth
  • 2 ounces goat cheese
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon leaves

For the Cherry Tarragon Sauce

  • 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 10 ounces frozen tart cherries thawed
  • 1 tablespoon chopped tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds


For the Goat Cheese Fried Chicken

  • Rinse and pat dry chicken thighs.
  • Combine the tapioca flour, mustard, salt and pepper in a shallow dish.
  • Coat chicken in the mixture and set aside, reserve any extra flour mixture.
  • Heat the olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon of the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add the chicken to the pan skin side down and cook for about 5 minutes until the skin is golden brown and crispy. Flip chicken and cook for another 3-5 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate and cover.
  • Drain or wipe out the skillet, reduce heat to medium and add the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter to the pan. Once melted, add the chicken broth and goat cheese and whisk together until the goat cheese melts and is incorporated. Add a little bit of the reserved tapioca flour mixture to the pan to thicken the sauce a bit if desired, whisking constantly. Add the tarragon leaves and stir to incorporate.
  • Return the chicken to the skillet and coat in the sauce.
  • Serve over rice and top with the cherry sauce.

For the Cherry Tarragon Sauce

  • Add the olive oil to a small sauce pot over medium-high heat.
  • Once hot, add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
  • Add the cherries and tarragon to the pot and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  • Add the chia seeds, stir and cook over medium-low heat for about 10-15 minutes until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Turn heat off and let sit until serving, it will thicken further as it cools.

Nutrition Facts

Serving: 1SERVING | Calories: 566kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 45g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g | Cholesterol: 236mg | Sodium: 633mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g

This website provides approximate nutrition information for convenience and as a courtesy only. Nutrition information can vary for a variety of reasons. For the most precise nutritional data use your preferred nutrition calculator based on the actual ingredients you used in the recipe.

Cuisine American
Course Main Dishes
Keyword goat cheese chicken, goat cheese fried chicken

Gina Matsoukas is the writer, founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients as much as possible. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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Friday 9th of May 2014

[…] Goat Cheese Fried Chicken with Cherry Tarragon Sauce–> A southern classic kicked up a notch! yum! […]


Wednesday 7th of May 2014

You're easily the most innovative, creative food blogger I follow. I LOVE your recipes.

Kari@Loaves n Dishes

Tuesday 6th of May 2014

The chicken looks perfectly crisp! And the goat cheese with tart cherries...yum!!!

Ali | Gimme Some Oven

Monday 5th of May 2014

This sauce!!! Seriously, I love everything about this. Beautiful photography too, friend! :)

Angel Reyes

Monday 5th of May 2014

It does look like a $28 dish! That sauce looks divine. And don't get me started on the crispy skin!!!