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Braised Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks

Braised Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks
Photo: Stephen Devries; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on time 25 mins
Total time 43 mins
Yield

Serves 4 (serving size: 2 thighs and about 1/4 cup leek mixture)

Lemon is a bright partner for the caramelized leeks, which cook twice: They are sautéed, then roasted to meld with the honey and lemon.

Ingredients

  • 4 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 8 bone-in, skinless chicken thighs (about 2 pounds)
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated lemon rind
  • 4 cups thinly sliced leeks (about 3 large)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or chives (optional)

Nutrition Information

  • calories 339
  • fat 15.6 g
  • satfat 3.6 g
  • monofat 7.7 g
  • polyfat 2.8 g
  • protein 33 g
  • carbohydrate 17 g
  • fiber 2 g
  • cholesterol 175 mg
  • iron 4 mg
  • sodium 492 mg
  • calcium 72 mg

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°.

  2. Heat a large ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Add 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Sprinkle chicken evenly with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Massage lemon rind into chicken. Place chicken in pan; cook 4 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan; keep warm.

  3. Add remaining 2 teaspoons oil to pan; swirl to coat. Add leek and remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt; cook 15 minutes or until leek begins to brown, scraping pan to loosen browned bits. Remove pan from heat; stir in lemon juice and honey. Return chicken to pan. Mound leeks on top of chicken thighs. Bake chicken at 400° for 15 minutes or until a thermometer registers 165°. Top with fresh parsley or chives, if desired.

Cook's Notes

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