Smothered Chicken with leeks and potatoes (cooked in yoghurt)

Happy thanksgiving to States citizens today!
The weather is getting cold and as we heading to Holidays, I'm realy looking forward for the first flurries to appear..
I 'm also thinking Christmas Decorating this week, is it too soon?
Well Kostas (my son) had his picture with Santa yesterday so.. i dont know I feel like the time is now..
Anyway,todays comfort dish will make you feel the warmth you seek.. It's a genuine family comfort meal.


1 kg chicken portions (I used drumsticks)
1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
2 leeks, trimmed and rinsed
2 carrots cut into thick slices
3-4 medium potatoes cut into thick slices
1 tablespoon flour
1 tablespoon chopped dill
The zest of 1 lemon
250 ml chicken broth at room temperature
150 g yoghurt at room temperature
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt - Pepper


Season the chicken with salt and pepper an both sides.
Coat a large skillet or a ovenproof pan with 4 tablespoons of olive oil and place over medium heat. When the oil is hot, lay the chicken in the pan. Brown for 3-5 minutes on each side, until the outside is nicely browned.
Remove the chicken to a sιde platter.
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
To the drippings in the pan, add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and add the vegetables. Season with salt and pepper and stir for 2-3 minutes.
Add the flour, stir and cook for 2 minutes and add the chicken broth, dill and lemon zest.
When it comes to a boil, remove the pan from heat and set aside.
Using a fork whisk the yoghurt in a bowl and slowly add a lug of the hot liquid from the pan whisking the yogurt. We want to bring the yoghurt to a lukewarm state and then add it to the pan. This technique is the same as we do the Egg and lemon sauce.
So when the yogurt is warm, add it to the pan with the chicken.
Stir and bake uncovered for 45 minutes without the lid.
Allow to cool a bit before serving.



  1. Mmmm the chicken, leeks, and cream sound like a wonderful combination, so wonderful as the weather gets cooler! The time really is flying, isn't it?!

  2. Yummy, chicken and leeks sound delicious.

  3. Delicious! Looks great , would love to eat that.

  4. This looks like my kind of chicken - moist and flavorful. I love cooking with yoghurt. As for the Christmas decorations, I don't think it's too soon, as I'll most likely be putting them up this week! :)

  5. Yum, I love all of your ingredients - this would be a great meal for a cold winter night!

  6. Wow this looks so great! I can eat a whole pot of that.

  7. What a great recipe, I can't wait to try it. Thank you for the tip of warming up the yogurt.

  8. Adding yogurt - that's new to me. I want to try it next time I cook similar dish. I always love adding lots and lots of leeks. So comforting. With meat inside I'm sure the meat comes off from the bone easily.. Yum!

  9. Eri, thanks for your kind comments on my blog today - I felt like I was getting a wonderful encouraging pat on the back! And yes , I will be posting the recipes soon that I planned for the birthday. One of them is a Thai Steak Salad that is "to die for"! Thanks again for your sweet comment!

  10. I've done yogurt marinates often, but never prepared a dish like with with yogurt. I'm up for trying anything though!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...