This poached chicken with braised leeks recipe is a simple but stunning dinner party dish.


  • 1 crown of Chicken full breast on the bone

  • 3 quarts Chicken Broth

  • 1 white Onion peeled and quartered

  • 5 black peppercorns

  • 1 cup chicken demi glace

  • 2 tablespoons chopped chervil

  • 2 oz heavy Cream

  • 1 Leek white part only washed and split in ½

  • 1 baby gem Lettuce washed and split in half

  • 0.5 cup Dry White Wine

  • 1 large sprig Thyme

  • soft Butter

  • Olive Oil for sautéing

  • Salt

  • Pepper


  • 1.

    Bring chicken broth, peppercorns, and onion to a boil in a large pot.

  • 2.

    Season the chicken with salt and pepper and poach in the stock of 8 to 10 minutes depending on the size of the breasts.

  • 3.

    In a separate pan lightly brown the leeks and lettuce with olive oil.

  • 4.

    Add white wine and reduce to almost dry.

  • 5.

    Add thyme sprig, 1 teaspoon of whole butter, salt and pepper and enough of the poaching liquid from the chicken to cover the leeks and lettuce half way.

  • 6.

    Reduce the heat to a slow simmer and pan braise until tender.

  • 7.

    Remove the chicken and allow to rest for 5 minutes.

  • 8.

    Remove the breasts from the bone and sauté skin side down in a non stick pan with olive oil.

  • 9.

    Turn over a repeat the process until the chicken is cooked through.

  • 10.

    Remove the chicken and heat the sauce in the same pan.

  • 11.

    Add cream and chervil and season with salt and pepper.

  • 12.

    Place the lettuce in the middle of the plate.

  • 13.

    Slice the chicken breasts in three pieces and lay on top of the lettuce.

  • 14.

    Arrange the leeks on either side of the chicken.

  • 15.

    Sauce the top of the chicken.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (14 servings)

  • Energy 284kj
  • Fat Total 18g
  • Saturated Fat 5g
  • Protein 18g
  • Carbohydrate 10g
  • Sugar 4g
  • Sodium 744mg

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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I tried it. It was horrible. And it seems confused. At the start it says 'braise the leeks and lettuce.' At the end it says, 'put the leeks here, put the lettuce there.' I don't get it.