Chicken with leeks and sour cream

Ah!  Chicken and leek, a match made in heaven, or possibly somewhere in France that Maggie and I haven’t visited yet.

This is our favourite cold-weather chicken dish. There are several steps in the recipe but it’s not too complicated. The fresh thyme is an essential ingredient for achieving the best result, which has elegant textures and flavours. A wine companion? Try a subtle chardonnay, Chablis perhaps, or Sancerre, how Sauvignon Blanc was born to be used.


1½ kg of chicken pieces (we use skinless chops – thighs with one bone removed – and middle wing segments, the latter being important for texture)
1 tbsp olive oil
40-50g butter
salt & pepper
2 sticks of celery, coarsely sliced
8-10 French shallots, peeled and halved
1-2 leeks, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
80ml of brandy
¾ cup chicken stock
2-3 sprigs of fresh thyme
1 bay leaf
2 tbsp sour cream (crème fraiche)


  1. Preheat oven to 160C.
  2. Add oil to a warm roasting pan, add pieces of chicken in one or two batches and roast for 20 minutes, turning after 10 minutes. (This procedure browns the chicken pieces evenly and leaves your cooktop un-spattered!) Remove to a dish and season with salt and pepper.
  3. Heat butter in a heavy based, flame-proof casserole, large enough to hold all the ingredients. Add shallots, leek , garlic and celery to the heated pan and saute for 8 minutes over gentle heat. Add herbs and chicken pieces to the pan.
  4. Add brandy and cook for a couple of minutes to reduce. Add the chicken stock and bring to the boil.
  5. Place lid on casserole, then transfer to the oven and bake for ¾ to 1 hour.
  6. Remove from the oven, remove the chicken pieces and transfer to a warm serving dish. Remove herbs.
  7. Cook sauce in casserole over a medium heat on the stove and reduce slightly before adding the sour cream and cooking gently for a few minutes. Check for seasoning, thicken to suit and pour sauce over the chicken to serve.

Chick casserole 1   Chick casserole 2


Ready to eat

Ready to eat

About rmgtravelsandfood

Maggie and I are both in our mid-60s and live in Melbourne, Australia. This blog is devoted to our shared passions for travel and fine dining at home. As cooks, we are skilful and adventurous within a framework of mainly traditional ingredients and techniques, and we aim to prepare nutritious food that looks good and tastes delicious. Our evolving repertoire is influenced by both our travels and Melbourne's vibrant food culture. While we are young enough, our priority travel destinations are overseas, although we do spend a few long weekends each year exploring parts of south-eastern Australia. As travellers, we are most comfortable with a combination of organised and independent touring. Our first overseas journey together was to Italy in the northern autumn of 2008. We later travelled in France (2009), Spain (2011), Singapore and Cambodia (2012/13). All trips from 2014 to 2016 are documented in this blog. When time allows, we will publish posts about our journeys - eight and counting - in 2017, 2018 and 2019
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