This recipe, for chicken with leeks, apples and cider, enriched with a little cream, is the first dish Diana Henry ever cooked for her partner. It's also the first recipe I have made from her new book, A Bird in the Hand. Which I thought made it a fitting dish to make for the last Diana Henry week at I Heart Cooking Clubs. I actually find it hard to believe that it's been six months - it's definitely flown by. Fortunately Diana's a prolific recipe writer, so there was more than enough to choose from for each challenge.
This dish was really lovely - the step of sauteeing the apples makes a lot of difference to the flavour - and it's definitely worth getting a good dry cider for it.From the picture it looks like I have absolutely loads of apple on the plate, but the bits on the right under the kalettes are actually white sweet potato. Orange would have been a better colour contrast but the white ones have such a good flavour.