I'm going to get bold for a minute. This chicken dish is one of the most delicious things I ever made. Not kidding. I mean, you know I love my leeks so it's not too surprising that something with leeks would become a new favorite of mine. But this dijon chicken with apples, leeks and fennel is out.of.bounds amazing. And I only borrow Guy Fieri phrases when it's absolutely necessary. Which it is in this case. Oh, and when you do your prep for this one, check out my post about how to trim the fat from chicken thighs too.
Dijon Marinated Chicken with Apples, Leeks and Fennel: Comfort Food 101
If I could make a bed out of leeks I would. Clothing? Yes, I would make clothing out of leeks too. Leek rings on my fingers and a leek necklace? Yup. Give me leeks or give me death is what I always say. So I kinda like leeks a lot... like, a lot a lot. I love when you cook them in a pan or bake them in the oven - they produce this wonderfully creamy, aromatic silky liquid and the leeks swim in it, and bubble a little, and it tastes velvety and luscious. Man, we need to start using leeks more in life. And if you are reading this, squinting and saying anything resembling, "What the hell, they're just onions..." I'm going to have to ask that you re-evaluate where you are in life right now, okay? Also, please leave my website immediately.
For those of you who remain, you may now call me Heda... Commander of Leekkru. Please, please be laughing right now - it's all in good fun. And apologies, I'm re-watching a brilliant show called The 100 right now and it's... affecting me.
Back to food: leeks are awesome and dijon marinated chicken with fresh herbs, a little brown sugar, some fennel and apple will rock you right out of your food rut. The chicken is fall-off-the-bone tender and these flavors were born to party together in a big pan.
Cook it All in One Pan for an Easy Gourmet Meal
There is nothing that sucks about cooking a whole dinner in one pan. Yes, you have to chop a few things, but I imagine you already know this if you are on the internet looking for recipes. Chicken thighs are my thang as you must know if you are a regular reader of my website. Dark meat rules my world of chicken and while I do enjoy a great stuffed chicken breast, my heart belongs to chicken thighs.
It's worth noting that, yes, I also love myself a thin chicken cutlet ala chicken parmesan, chicken piccata or chicken marsala. But chicken thighs trump all for me. I know some of you are concerned about all the fat on thighs. However, if you allow yourself about 20-30 seconds per chicken thigh, you can cut most of the fat off.
I love when I can make dinner in one pan and I especially love this dish because it is such an easy gourmet meal. Perfect for Sunday night dinner or if you're having friends over for your weekly game or movie night. I usually serve this with basmati rice, but you could easily do something with roasted potatoes too.
Easy Steps for Dijon Chicken with Apples, Leeks and Fennel
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