Braised Chicken with Honey-Lemon Leeks

Photo: Stephen Devries; Styling: Cindy Barr

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

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

Hands On: 25 Minutes
Total: 43 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 339
  • Fat: 15.6g
  • Saturated fat: 3.6g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 7.7g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 2.8g
  • Protein: 33g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 175mg
  • Iron: 4mg
  • Sodium: 492mg
  • Calcium: 72mg

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 leek (about 3 large)
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley or chives (optional)

Preparation

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400°.
  2. 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. 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.
Note:

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