“Epic” Mushroom Leek Braised Chicken

“Epic” Mushroom Leek Braised Chicken

Serves 4 to 6
1 lb. “boneless skinless” chicken thighs3    cups “low-sodium’ chicken broth

2    cups sliced leeks

2    cups frozen peas

½   cup “finely diced” yellow onion (or 1 shallot)

12 oz. “chopped” mixed mushrooms

3½ tablespoons avocado oil

3    tablespoons all-purpose flour

1    tablespoon Dijon mustard

2    teaspoons fresh “chopped” thyme

¾   teaspoon salt or to taste

½   teaspoon fresh ground pepper or to taste

3    “minced” garlic cloves

Season the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Over medium heat, pour 1 to 1¼ tablespoons of oil in a medium-large skillet and brown all sides of the chicken for 5 to 7 minutes. Set the cooked chicken aside on a clean plate.

Add 2 tablespoons of oil to the skillet and cook the onion (or shallot) for 4 to 5 minutes or until softened and translucent (do not brown). Stir in the mushrooms and continue cooking for another 3 minutes before adding the leeks. The goal is to cook the leeks until slightly softened (approx. 3 to 4 minutes). Now, stir in the thyme, garlic, and flour.

Increase the heat before stirring in the broth. Return the chicken to the skillet, cover with a lid, and continue cooking for 8-10 minutes or until the chicken becomes tender.

Remove the chicken to a serving platter. Stir in the mustard and peas and cook until the peas are heated through (approx. 1½ to 2 minutes). The sauce from the skillet should be spooned or ladled over the chicken with salt and pepper to taste. Before serving, garnish the dish with fresh thyme.

Diva Tip:

  • This delicious dish is beautiful on its own or served over a bed of fluffy mashed potatoes or rice.

 

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