Braised Chicken Thighs with Sweet Potatoes and Leeks

Sweet potatoes and leeks star in this rich and comforting stew-like dish. A slow (but not all day) braise, makes for a full flavored, lick-the-plate kind of meal.
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Course: Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
Total Time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 531kcal
Author: Kylee Cooks

Ingredients

  • 4 Tbs olive oil
  • 1 1/2 lb boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ cup fresh oregano minced and divided
  • 2 leeks trimmed and sliced thinly - see notes
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 3/4 cup dry white wine
  • 2 medium sweet potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp coriander

Optional:

  • 2 Tbs flour

Instructions

  • Trim the chicken thighs of visible fat. Season on both sides with salt, pepper, and 2 Tbs of the minced oregano.
  • Heat 2 Tbs of olive oil over medium high heat in a large dutch oven.
  • Sear the chicken on both sides until the chicken browns. Do this in batches if your pot isn’t big enough to hold all of them without crowding. Add any juices from the chicken back into the pot when you add the stock in Step 7.
  • Remove chicken from pot, turn the heat down to medium and heat the remaining olive oil
  • Add the leek and garlic and sauté until the leek softens and is lightly browned.
  • Add the wine, and stir -scraping up the browned bits from the chicken.
  • Add the stock, sweet potatoes, bay leaf, and spices and stir to combine.
  • Add the chicken back to the pot and nestle them just below the liquid surface.
  • Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until the chicken is done and the sweet potatoes are tender (but not mushy), about 30 mins.
  • Smash a few of the sweet potatoes against the side of the pot and blend into the stew.

OPTIONAL

  • Remove about ½ cup of the liquid and blend it with the flour – adding back in to thicken the liquid.

Notes

Leeks:
Slice the leeks finely, and then add to a colander. Rinse, under running water. Then rinse again. Strain, and they're ready to use.

Nutrition

Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 165mg | Sodium: 373mg | Potassium: 982mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 10200IU | Vitamin C: 9.2mg | Calcium: 175mg | Iron: 5.7mg
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