Creamy Chicken Stew

Cook this creamy, comforting stew to serve with our smashed mini jacket potatoes. This warming one-pot with chicken, peas and leeks is perfect for a special family meal.

Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 55 mins
Difficulty: Easy
Serves: 4-6


3 leeks, halved and finely sliced
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra if needed
1 tbsp butter
8 small chicken thighs
500ml chicken stock
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
75g crème fraîche
200g frozen peas
3 tbsp dried or fresh breadcrumbs
small bunch of parsley, finely chopped


  1. Tip the leeks and oil into a flameproof casserole dish on a low heat, add the butter and cook everything very gently for 10 mins or until the leeks are soft.
  2. Put the chicken, skin-side down, in a large non-stick frying pan on a medium heat, cook until the skin browns, then turn and brown the other side. You shouldn’t need any oil but if the skin starts to stick, add a little. Add the chicken to the leeks, leaving behind any fat in the pan.
  3. Add the stock to the dish and bring to a simmer, season well, cover and cook for 30 mins on low. Stir in the mustard, crème fraîche and peas and bring to a simmer. You should have quite a bit of sauce.
  4. When you’re ready to serve, put the grill on. Mix the breadcrumbs and parsley, sprinkle them over the chicken and grill until browned.

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