Poached Green Tea Tarragon Chicken

by Amie on January 17, 2011

End result.

Well, I just couldn’t help myself… Doesn’t this look incredible? I was inspired to create this dish last week when I was making my  morning cup of green tea and sprinkling of turmeric and tarragon on my breakfast eggs.  I thought, hmmm, ‘This tastes pretty good’…

And the rest is history.

A quick peak in the fridge fora some lonely chicken breasts and a light bulb went off in my head.

So, let’s start from the beginning.

I combined the chicken breasts with fresh green tea leaves with turmeric, tarragon and water in a pot over medium heat.

And let it simmer, covered for awhile, then reduce heat and keep it cookin’ for a soft, tender chicken.

Still cookin’…

Then, drained the excess water and was left with a beautiful array of tender chicken and blossomed green tea leaves.

I served this chicken dish with Gluten-Free Girl’s amazing Wild Rice Salad, which is one of my favorites.  A perfect side dish to compliment some tasty chicken.

Don’t ya think?

Poached Green Tea Tarragon Chicken

Serves 4


  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 1 cup green tea leaves, dried
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 Tbsp. ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp. tarragon
  • Pinch of sea salt and freshly ground white pepper


  1. In a medium sized pot, combine all ingredients over medium-heat.  Cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  2. Reduce to a simmer; cook for another 25 minutes or until chicken is tender and fully cooked.
  3. Drain liquid.  Discard excess green tea leaves.
  4. Transfer to a serving plate.  Serve warm.
  5. Enjoy!

Cooking with tea is one of my favorite ways to create a unique taste to any dish from rice to tofu and chicken to stews…not only does this green tea create an incredible aroma and delicious taste, it’s full of antioxidants.

So, put down that cup of tea and pour those leaves into your favorite dish.

It may just surprise you.

Have you ever cooked with tea?

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bethany January 19, 2011 at 6:13 am

Sounds great! Just poached a chicken breast today, before I saw this. Next time I’ll try tea for sure, never thought of doing it that way! LOVE the new site, btw, it looks fab!


The Healthy Apple January 20, 2011 at 4:23 am

Thank you so much, Bethany. Glad you enjoyed this recipe and thank you
for your kind words regarding my new website! The new recipe page will
launch this week! Have a great day.


Kristina January 24, 2011 at 2:08 am

This looks AMAZING. I’ve only cooked with tea once, when I was making Channa Masala – I read somewhere that in India, they often steep some black tea at the end when the curry is simmering, so I tried it, and it definitely added a cool, hard-to-identify flavor to the final dish.

P.S. my fiancee’s grandmother is gluten-intolerant and she’s always having trouble finding recipes so I’m definitely bookmarking your blog!


Candy January 24, 2011 at 4:29 am

This chicken looks fabulous! That’s a lot of tea! I’ve never cooked with it – just drink an awful lot of it, but I may have to change that. And thanks for swinging by my site. I’m loving your food here! (My mother had that dinnerware – thanks for the memories!)


Amie February 20, 2011 at 9:12 pm

Awww thanks Candy; I love this dinnerware, as well. This bowl was my grandmother’s and it brings back fond memories for me, as well. I hope you enjoy cooking with green tea!


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