Creamy Chicken with Potatoes, Chorizo, and Leeks

published Dec 27, 2020
Valentine's Day
Creamy Chicken with Potatoes, Chorizo, and Leeks

I love the classic combination of chorizo and potatoes. But when paired with cream, wine, leeks, and chicken — now that's taking things to a whole new level.

Serves2

Prep5 minutes

Cook40 minutes

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Two plates of creamy chicken with chorizo and potatoes sit on a table with utensils on the plate, and glasses of water nearby
Credit: Photo: Brittany Connerly

I love the classic combination of chorizo and potatoes. But when paired with cream, wine, leeks, and chicken — now that’s taking things to a whole new level. Needless to say, this creamy chicken dish is my definition of a perfect meal.

Before you start cooking, I have two tips to keep in mind. I’m calling for Spanish chorizo here because I love the smokiness of pimenton — it pairs wonderfully with the leeks and chicken. Make sure you remove the casing from the chorizo since it is cured. And secondly, when simmering the potatoes, you don’t want to cook them to the point of falling or breaking apart. Instead, they should be fork-tender but hold their shape.

Credit: Brittany Conerly

Creamy Chicken with Potatoes, Chorizo, and Leeks

I love the classic combination of chorizo and potatoes. But when paired with cream, wine, leeks, and chicken — now that's taking things to a whole new level.

Prep time 5 minutes

Cook time 40 minutes

Serves 2

Nutritional Info

Ingredients

  • 3 ounces

    cured Spanish chorizo (not fresh Mexican chorizo)

  • 1

    medium Yukon gold potato

  • 1

    small yellow onion

  • 1

    small leek, white parts only and sliced into half moons

  • 4 cloves

    garlic

  • 2

    boneless, skinless chicken breasts

  • 1 teaspoon

    kosher salt, divided

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons

    olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon

    smoked paprika

  • 1/4 teaspoon

    red pepper flakes

  • 2 cups

    chicken broth or stock

  • 1/4 cup

    dry white wine

  • 1 teaspoon

    granulated garlic

  • 1/3 cup

    heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon

    all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon

    finely chopped fresh chives

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons

    finely chopped fresh parsley leaves

  • 1/2

    small lemon

Instructions

  1. Cut 3 ounces Spanish chorizo into 1/4-inch thick rounds (about 1 cup). Peel and dice 1 medium Yukon gold potato. Prepare the following, placing them all in the same bowl: thinly slice 1 small yellow onion; halve the white part of 1 small leek, then thinly slice crosswise; mince 4 garlic cloves.

  2. Pat 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts dry with paper towels. Season with 1/2 teaspoon of the kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the chicken and sear until browned, 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Transfer to a plate and cover with foil (the chicken will not be cooked through).

  3. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon olive oil to the pan. Add the chorizo and cook, stirring often, for 2 minutes. Transfer to a small bowl.

  4. Add the onion mixture, 1 teaspoon smoked paprika, and 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes to the pan, and cook until the vegetables are soft and translucent, about 2 minutes. Add the potatoes, 2 cups chicken broth, 1/4 cup dry white wine, 1 teaspoon granulated garlic, and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt. Bring to a boil.

  5. Reduce the heat as needed to maintain a simmer, cover, and cook until the potatoes are fork tender, about 25 minutes. Meanwhile, finely chop until you have 1 tablespoon fresh chives and 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh parsley leaves.

  6. Uncover, add 1/3 cup heavy cream and 1 teaspoon all-purpose flour, and stir to combine. Nestle the chicken breasts into the sauce and add any accumulated juices on the plate. Simmer until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Stir in the chorizo and any accumulated juices in the bowl, the juice of 1/2 small lemon, and the chives and parsley.

Recipe Notes

Storage: Leftovers can be refrigerated in an airtight container up to 4 days.