Chicken with Creamy Braised Leeks

March/April 2011

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A touch of heavy cream, a few garlic cloves and thyme sprigs round out the flavor of tender braised leeks with chicken in this recipe. The rich, silky sauce is wonderful over whole-wheat egg noodles or mashed potatoes. Leeks grown in the garden and those that you find at the store can be vastly different in size. Garden leeks tend to be smaller, so if you’re using leeks from the garden, make sure you pick enough to fill up the pan.

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Chicken with Creamy Braised Leeks

13 Reviews for Chicken with Creamy Braised Leeks

Spiced it up

The first time I made it I thought it needed more zing so I added red and white pepper to the warmed cream. It was delicious.

Good stuff

I used chicken thighs with skin and did not make a sauce out of the pan dripping from chicken. There was way too much grease and fat for that. I just dropped the chicken in the leeks and broth for about 20 minutes and also added a little bit of white wine and butter, I had some half and half and added a dash. It was great over mashed potatoes. I only used 3 cloves of garlic, becuase we only had 4 leeks and 4 chicken thighs. I may use more garlic next time and maybe some more pepper but otherwise, it was really good.

a vegetarian version

Substituted tofu for chicken, added carrots to braised leeks and served over rice- Delicious! The leeks make the dish!


My standards were kind of low as I've tried several recipes from this site and was totally disappointed. However, this dish was awesome!! It was simple to make, required few ingredients, and really tasted like something you would get at an upscale restaurant. I boiled up a side of bow-tie pasta and poured a little of the cream sauce over it to make the dish more filling - definitely - complimented the chicken and leeks without distracting from the creamy garlic goodness. Yum yum! I will make this again and will share this recipe with friends and family!

very tasty

when added chicken, I thought there was still too much Broth so I scooped out about a cup. Then, instead of adding the cream, I left the deglazed cream sauce on the stove and served a tbs on the chicken as to not dilute the flavor too much. Delicious

Easy, hands-off meal

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