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Chicken and leek recipe

Chicken and Leeks Recipe

The best chicken and leek recipe made with a flavorsome broth is perfect as it is for an easy dinner idea or as a tasty base for chicken leek pie or chicken and leek pasta!
Course Dinner, Main
Cuisine American, British
Keyword chicken and leek broth, chicken and leek recipe, Chicken and Leeks
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
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Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 422kcal
Author Debbie Jones


  • chopping board
  • cling film
  • rolling pin
  • large pan


  • 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 4 Chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • Juice from half a lemon
  • 2 Leeks quartered length ways and then roughly chopped
  • 1 clove Garlic finely chopped or 2 teaspoons of garlic paste
  • 2 Tbsp. Flour
  • 2 cups Chicken stock or chicken broth
  • ½ cup Milk
  • 1 tsp Ground Mustard
  • 3 tbsp Sour Cream
  • 1 Handful fresh tarragon leaves (optional)


First prepare the chicken:

  • Place plastic wrap around the chicken breasts, then pound the chicken with a rolling pin to flatten the meat to around half a cm in thickness. This step is optional but will give you the most tender chicken.
    Drizzle oil over one side of the chicken and then season with salt, pepper and lemon juice. Flip it over and repeat.
    Place a large frying pan on the stove and add the chicken breasts. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Then remove from the pan and set it on a plate.
    How to make chicken and leek recipe: cooking the chicken

Next prepare the chicken and leek broth:

  • Using the same pan, add a little more oil and gently fry the chopped leeks. Make sure to move the leeks around in order for them not to burn.
    While the leeks are cooking add some finely chopped garlic and stir in well.
    Once the leeks have softened, stir in 2 tbsp flour and then gradually add the stock and milk.
    How to make chicken and leek recipe: cooking the vegetables
  • When the broth starts to simmer return the chicken to the pan and cook with the lid on for 20 minutes.
    After 20 minutes remove the lid and stir 1 tsp of ground mustard and 3 tbsp of sour cream into the chicken and leek broth.
    How to make chicken and leek recipe: adding the chicken back to the pan
  • Finish by stirring in some fresh tarragon leaves (optional) before serving with your choice of veg or potatoes.
    How to make chicken and leek recipe: finishing the recipe



  • RECIPE BASE: You can use this chicken leek recipe as a base for other recipes, such as chicken and leek pie, chicken leek soup, or chicken and leek pasta. 
  • HOW TO CLEAN LEEKS: Leeks are a delicious vegetable full of wonderful flavor, but they are grown in the ground in sandy soil. They need a good cleaning before you use them for cooking. If you're not sure how to clean leeks, it's easy—give them a good rinse under cold water to remove dirt or sand.
  • USE RAMPS: You could also use ramps to put a spin on chicken and leeks by making this a ramps recipe


Serving: 391g | Calories: 422kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 54g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 155mg | Sodium: 478mg | Potassium: 1096mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 895IU | Vitamin C: 8.5mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 2.4mg