Lovely whole quails are braised with herbs and served with sautéed leeks and sweet chopped dates.


  • 4 Game Farm Quail

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 4 sprigs thyme

  • 4 sprigs flat leaf parsley

  • 1 bay leaf

  • 2 medium leeks, whites and pale greens only, cleaned and diced

  • 1/2 cup pitted and chopped fresh dates (about 6 dates)

  • 1 cup apple cider

  • 1 cup chicken stock

  • 2 tablespoons chopped, flat leaf parsley

  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • 1.

    Heat the olive oil, in a flame proof casserole over medium high heat.

  • 2.

    Season the quail and add to the pan, brown on each breast side, about 2 minutes per side, and then brown the backs.

  • 3.

    Remove the quail from the pot and set aside.

  • 4.

    Tie the herbs and bay leaf together with kitchen twine to make a bouquet garnish. Using the same pot, lower heat to medium; add the leeks, and cook until the leeks begin to soften, stirring, about 5 minutes.

  • 5.

    Add the chopped dates, the bouquet garni, and the cider. Cook for a further 3 minutes, and add the chicken stock and the quail.

  • 6.

    Bring the liquid almost to a boil, cover, and turn the heat down so the cooking liquid is barely simmering, poaching the quail for about 15 minutes. Remove quail and keep warm. Reduce cooking liquid until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes.

  • 7.

    Serve the quail with the leeks and pan juices, dusted with fresh parsley.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 453kj
  • Fat Total 21g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Protein 24g
  • Carbohydrate 44g
  • Sugar 32g
  • Sodium 756mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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