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.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2011


Recipe Summary

1 hr


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  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

  • Trim roots and dark green tops from leeks, leaving 5 to 6 inches of white and light green parts. Cut the leeks in half lengthwise (or in quarters, if large); rinse well. Place the leeks in a single layer in a 9-by-13-inch baking dish, on their sides if necessary, nestling them together. Pour in broth; submerge the garlic and thyme in the broth between the leeks.

  • Bake the leeks for 40 minutes.

  • After about 30 minutes, sprinkle chicken with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat; add the chicken and cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Remove from the heat.

  • After 40 minutes, remove the leeks from the oven and nestle the chicken into them. Add cream and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt to the hot skillet (but do not turn the burner back on). Stir up any browned bits and let the cream heat up from the warmth of the pan. Pour the cream mixture over the leeks and chicken.

  • Return the baking dish to the oven and bake until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thickest part of a breast registers 165 degrees F, 10 to 15 minutes. Serve the chicken with the braised leeks, spooning the sauce over both.


Note: It's difficult to find an individual chicken breast small enough for one portion. Removing the thin strip of meat from the underside of a 5-ounce breast--the chicken tender--removes about 1 ounce of meat and yields a perfect 4-ounce portion. Wrap and freeze the tenders and when you have gathered enough, use them in a stir-fry or for oven-baked chicken fingers.

Nutrition Facts

356 calories; protein 32.5g; carbohydrates 15.6g; dietary fiber 1.8g; sugars 4.6g; fat 18.2g; saturated fat 8.4g; cholesterol 119.4mg; vitamin a iu 1946IU; vitamin c 12.7mg; folate 65.6mcg; calcium 95.4mg; iron 3.1mg; magnesium 56.6mg; potassium 542.5mg; sodium 666.1mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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  • 5 star values: 9
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Rating: 4 stars
a vegetarian version Substituted tofu for chicken added carrots to braised leeks and served over rice- Delicious! The leeks make the dish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Amazing I am no cook but this is now my signature dish. I Used 7 boned-in chicken thighs and cooked about 5-8 minutes longer. I also used more heavy whipped cream so we would have more for left overs. I am in love with this recipe!!!! Served with Butter noodles and a salad. Also garnished with parsley. Pros: Easy and Tasty Read More
Rating: 4 stars
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 Pros: Easy hands-off meal Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Made exactly as written. Delicious. Have recommended to friends. Will definitely make again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Great I made mine with rice...it was so good. I had never ate leeks before and found that I love it....will def. make again...my husband loved it too... Pros: easy to make items on hand low cost Cons: sauce a little thin Read More
Rating: 4 stars
so freaking good! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This is one of our favorite cold weather comfort food recipes. I serve it with mashed potatoes and it's fantastic. I usually swap some of the broth for white wine. Read More
Rating: 1 stars
Disliked this We just disliked this all together and I like leeks but it was bland and I have had better. Sorry.... I tried it with high hopes...but not for us. Pros: no pros.... Cons: bland.... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Just made this tonight very tasty! Read More