Tuesday, 31 March 2015

Diana Henry's chicken with leeks, apples and cider


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.

10 comments:

Deb in Hawaii said...

This definitely looks like an amazing dinner. I think I could just lick up that sauce and be happy.

The six months has really flown by. I hope you join in cooking with Jacques Pepin with us or at least join in with Diana recipes for Potlucks and Mystery Box Madness challenges. ;-)

Joanne said...

Such a lovely, hearty meal! I'm going to miss seeing all of your Diana Henry creations!

Alexandra Stafford said...

Yum! I have been on a big leek kick recently. This one needs to be added to the rotation!

grace said...

quite frankly, i feel comforted just looking at a picture of this meal, so i can only imagine what eating it would do. lovely!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

What a lovely recipe to farewell Diana Henry!
Cheers Joanne
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kitchen flavours said...

The chicken dish looks really delicious! I will be getting this book for sure! I love her chicken recipes!

Kim said...

Second mention of the Bird in the Hand cookbook has it moving up my list of to buy cookbooks! My family loves a hearty chicken dish and this one would make them happy. Extra apples and hard cider for me:)

This six months sure has flown by. Hope you'll join us as we cook with Pepin!

Joyce Rachel Lee-Bates said...

Quoting Kim, Hope to cook the recipes of Jacques Pepin with you over the next six months. :)

Couscous & Consciousness said...

This is an amazing looking dinner, Alicia - it has me literally drooling just thinking about it. Heading into apple season here right now, this is definitely on my list.

Zosia said...

That looks delicious (and it's yet another recipe to add to my growing list of "want to make" from this book)!

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