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Chicken Breasts with Leeks and Parmesan Cheese

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chicken with leeks in frying pan
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This chicken recipe is an easy dish to throw together, but it seems more elegant and complicated than it actually is. I love how the sweetness of the leeks complements the chicken, and a handful of parmesan cheese adds a nice richness. Vermouth is a fortified white wine that I often use in place of white wine in recipes because it will last for months. Be sure to use dry vermouth instead of sweet vermouth.

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon canola or grapeseed oil
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 4 leeks, cleaned, halved lengthwise and cut into half-moon shaped slices
  • 1/4 cup vermouth or white wine
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350˚F. Heat a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add the oil and tilt pan to coat completely with oil.

  2. Pat the chicken breasts dry and season on both sides with salt and pepper. Place them in the saute pan. Cook for 5 to 6 minutes, until chicken releases easy from the pan and is browned, then turn over and cook for an additional 5 to 6 minutes, until the other side is browned. Transfer chicken to an ovenproof platter or pan and put in the oven to finish cooking.

  3. Reduce heat to medium-low and add butter to the pan. When butter melts, add leeks and saute, stirring occasionally, until leeks are softened, about 6 minutes. Remove pan from the heat to add the vermouth, then return it to medium-low heat and cook until vermouth is nearly completely cooked down. Stir in parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper.

  4. Remove chicken breasts from oven and let stand a few minutes before slicing chicken on the bias. Transfer chicken breasts to a dinner plate and top each with a generous spoonful of the cooked leeks.

This recipe for Chicken Breasts with Leeks and Parmesan Cheese serves 4 people.

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