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Dijon Chicken with Caramelized Leeks

I have never caramelized leeks before and wanted to give it a try.  So, I came up with this chicken recipe where the leeks could really shine.  It was a very easy dish to make on a weeknight and I will definitely be making it again!

Dijon Chicken with Caramelized Leeks

Pieces:

  1. 2 leeks, washed and sliced into thin rounds (excluding the green parts)
  2. one quarter cup gluten free chicken broth
  3. pinch of salt
  4. one halt tbsp. sugar
  5. 3 chicken breast fillets
  6. 1 cup gluten free breadcrumbs
  7. 3 tbsp. Dijon mustard
  8. 3 tbsp. honey mustard
  9. 4 tbsp. diced fresh tarragon
  10. salt and pepper to taste

 

Process:

  1. After washing and slicing the leeks into rounds, put them into a large sauté pan.
  2. Over high heat, sauté the leeks for about 3 minutes, just until they start to wilt.
  3. Add the chicken broth, sugar, and pinch of salt.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to low.  Cook for about 25-30 minutes.
  5. While the leeks are cooking, prepare the chicken.  Evenly distribute the Dijon and honey mustard over both sides of the chicken breasts.  (I spread it with a spoon.)
  6. In a large bowl, combine the gluten free breadcrumbs and fresh tarragon.  Press each side of the chicken breasts into the breadcrumb mixture and then place each breaded chicken breast in a large oven safe sauté pan.
  7. On medium heat, crisp the outside of the chicken, about 3-4 minutes each side.
  8. Then put the entire sauté pan with the chicken in the oven at 375 degrees for about 25-30 minutes, until chicken is cooked through.
  9. Serve chicken hot with caramelized leeks on top.

chicken leeks

 

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

 

 

 

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Potato, Leek, and Fennel Casserole

Potatoes are easy to work with, and easy to mold into different side dishes with various flavors.  Here is a basic casserole that adds the unique flavors of leeks and fennel.  A great side dish to any hearty meal!

Potato, Leek, and Fennel Casserole

Pieces:

  1. 3 tbsp. vegan butter
  2. 3 leeks, the white parts sliced and rinsed
  3. 1 fennel bulb, sliced
  4. 5 russet potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
  5. 1 cup gluten free chicken stock
  6. 1 cup white wine
  7. 2 tsp. chopped parsley
  8. salt and pepper to taste
  9. 3 tsp. parmesan cheese or dairy free equivalent

Process:

  1. Melt the butter in a large saute pan.
  2. Add the leeks and fennel and saute until tender, about 10 minutes.
  3. Add the potatoes, chicken stock, white wine, parsley, and salt and pepper.  Continue to saute another 15 minutes.
  4. Transfer to a deep oven safe dish and bake another 60 minutes, until the potatoes are soft.
  5. Serve hot, sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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Eeeek! Leeks!

I have always been intrigued by leeks and yet have never cooked with them… until now.  I bought two intimidating looking leeks and thought long and hard about how to cook them and with what.  Chicken seemed like a natural choice, and something that I couldn’t mess up.

After chopping off the green stalks and slicing the leeks into small rounds, they seemed less intimidating.  To go with my new friends, I cooked two chicken breasts in white wine, dijon mustard, butter, and thyme… and added sliced mushrooms and the leek rounds in at the end.  I was pleasantly surprised at the result!  The mushrooms and leeks went very well together and it only took about 30 minutes total.  I see another leek recipe in my future.

Leek and Mushroom Chicken with White Wine Sauce

Pieces:

  1. two chicken breasts
  2. 2 tbsp. olive oil
  3. one and one half cups white wine
  4. 2 tbsp. dijon mustard
  5. 2 tbsp. vegan butter
  6. 1 tbsp. thyme
  7. 1 container sliced mushrooms
  8. 2 leeks, sliced into small rounds and rinsed

Process:

  1. In a large saute pan with some olive oil, start to cook the chicken breasts on medium heat.
  2. Flip the chicken after 2 minutes.
  3. Add half of each of the white wine, dijon mustard, butter, and thyme.  (You can estimate the measure, and just pour it in there… it will mix while cooking).
  4. Cover and let simmer for about 7 minutes.  Watch that the wine doesn’t totally evaporate, and if it does, just add more.
  5. After 7 minutes, flip the chicken again.  Stir up any browned bits in the bottom of the pan.
  6. Add the remaining wine, mustard, butter, and thyme as well as the mushrooms and leeks.
  7. Cover and let simmer 10 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  8. Serve chicken with heaping spoonfuls of the leeks, mushrooms, and sauce on top.

Happy Allergy Free Eating!

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