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Old 10-04-2011, 01:51 PM   #1
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Tarragon Substitute

I am looking at making this marinade for chicken

1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

I do not have any tarragon and live 30min from a grocery store and looking to find a substitute to use for tonight. I only have thyme and oregano. wondering if i could use either one of them?

Thanks for your help in advance.

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Old 10-04-2011, 02:14 PM   #2
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Use the thyme. That was my first thought.
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Old 10-04-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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Tarragon is an herb that has sort of a licorice flavor to it. I think a reasonable substitute would be either sweet anise or ground fennel. Basil would be another option.
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Marjoram would be a good substitute, as would a mixture of parsley and fennel because fennel has a much stronger anise taste than tarragon does.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:03 PM   #5
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I am looking at making this marinade for chicken

1/4 cup Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves

I do not have any tarragon and live 30min from a grocery store and looking to find a substitute to use for tonight. I only have thyme and oregano. wondering if i could use either one of them?

Thanks for your help in advance.

That is a very basic marinade that is designed to use any herb you think tastes good.
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Old 10-04-2011, 04:32 PM   #6
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The OP has only thyme and oregano on hand.
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Old 10-04-2011, 05:03 PM   #7
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Thyme is such a nice all-purpose herb. Oregano has a much stronger flavor. Taste a bit of each, and see what you like best.
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The OP has only thyme and oregano on hand.
Yeah... I should learn to read all the way through.

In that case, thyme is probably the better choice. It doesn't taste like tarragon, but it's an herb used a lot in French cooking and a better accompaniment (IMO) to chicken and the other ingredients in the marinade.
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Old 10-04-2011, 06:33 PM   #10
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I'd add garlic and some salt, too.
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