Tarragon Chicken Patties 2

Well…its the middle of September and I’m not sure if it is fall, summer, spring or the second coming.  The weather has been insane for the entire country for the last few weeks.  I am waiting for locusts to start falling from the sky soon!

I try to cook seasonally, but it has been so hard recently that I have just said screw it and I am making what sounds good that day.  Over the last week we have had summer BBQ ribs, winter beef stew, spring roasted chicken and last night we had these amazing Tarragon Chicken Patties with Mashed Potatoes.
Now, you know my recipes are super easy, unless I specify otherwise, and these chicken patties are easy, quick and delicious.  And, to make the meal even easier I used pre-made, store bought mashed potatoes, GASP! I know, I know, for the most part I hate the mass produced, pre-made stuff in the store only because it normally tastes like crap! But, mashed potatoes is something that they have perfected and if you choose the right brand you will find that the ingredient list is short and simple. So why not save a step and use the help? I really like the brand Simply Potatoes.
You can make these patties ahead of time and keep them in the fridge until you are ready to cook them.  Or you can freeze them (raw) and just thaw (I normally place on the counter a couple hours ahead of time or place the bag in a sink full of cold water for about an hour to thaw) on the day that you want to cook them. Then when it is 6 o’clock and the house is crazy all you have to do is heat a skillet, cook the patties, microwave the potatoes and voila dinner is served in under 30 minutes.

Tarragon Chicken Patties with Mashed Potatoes

Delicious, light and healthy chicken patties are perfect served with mashed potatoes or on a whole wheat bun as a burger. A quick and easy weeknight dinner!

Servings 4


  • 1 lb. Ground chicken
  • 1/2 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup Mushrooms, chopped (button, cremini...)
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 3 Tablespoons Olive oil (divided)
  • 2 Tablespoons Bread crumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon Dried tarragon (for fresh use 1 1/2 teaspoons, minced)
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon Black pepper
  • 1 Egg white
  • 1/4 Cup Flour
  • 1/3 Cup Water
  • 1/2 Cup White wine
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • 1 1lb. Tub of pre-made mashed potatoes


  1. In a small skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat.  Saute onion, garlic and mushrooms until soft, about 4-5 minutes. Set aside to cool sightly.

  2. In a large bowl, combine ground chicken, bread crumbs, tarragon, salt/pepper, egg white and onion mixture.  Mix well, but do not over mix or the patties will be tough.

  3. Divide the chicken mixture into 4-6 equal parts and shape into patties. 

  4. Place flour onto a plate and dredge the patties in the flour, shaking off excess.

  5. Heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large that has skillet over medium-high heat.  Add patties and cook for about 3 minutes per side.  Add water and cover.  Cook an additional 3-4 minutes or until cooked through. Remove patties to a plate and cover loosely with foil.  

  6. To the skillet, add the wine and scrape up the brown bits on the bottom.  Let reduce about 2-3 minutes.  Turn the heat off and add the butter.  Swirl the butter until melted and the sauce is thickened slightly. If the sauce is too "winey" you can add 1/4 cup chicken broth or water to the sauce. Just let it thicken a bit after you add it.

  7. Heat mashed potatoes in microwave, according to package directions, adding a little milk if too thick.  

  8. Serve patties over mashed potatoes and drizzle a bit of the sauce over top.

Recipe Notes

* Only cook with wine you would drink. When you cook with wine, or alcohol of any kind, the alcohol burns off and the flavors of the liquid concentrate so you do not want to use wine that had been opened more than a couple days or you will get an "off" taste.  

*DO NOT buy the cooking wine in the vinegar section of the grocery store.  

*I normally find the pre-made mashed potatoes in the produce section or under the rotisserie chickens. If you cannot find them in those sections then go to the freezer section and they almost always have frozen mashed potatoes. 

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