This recipe for creamy chicken with braised leeks and carrots is utterly delicious and a dish I plan to make repeatedly. The leeks cook until melting consistency and the creamy sauce is packed with citrus, rosemary and thyme flavours. It’s the perfect easy weeknight supper meal but is fancy enough for casual entertaining.

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Creamy chicken with braised leeks & carrots recipe

This creamy chicken is inspired by one of their recipes. I used the Maryland thigh and leg cut because that is what I had on hand but would choose 8 thighs if I didn’t have this as it’s my favourite cut of chicken. You could also butcher a whole bird for this recipe and that’s something I love to do too and use the carcass to make chicken stock. I happened to have a small bottle of freshly squeezed naartjie juice from Babylonstoren which was delicious, but orange juice was in the original recipe.

You could fry off the chicken, leeks and carrots and then transfer to a large lidded pot / dutch oven to complete the cooking if you don’t have a suitable heavy-based lidded cast iron dish in the right size to do it all in. You can cook this on the stovetop but I generally prefer to do my braises in the oven and reduce all risk of the bottom of the sauce catching. I’ve given both cooking method options. 


Creamy chicken with braised leeks & carrots

The most delicious creamy chicken with braised leeks & carrots recipe with a orange, rosemary & thyme.

  • Author: Sam Linsell
  • Yield: Serves 4 1x



8 pieces of chicken, bone-in and skin on (8 thighs, or 4 legs and 4 thighs), or one whole bird cut into 8 pieces

3 Tbsp olive oil

56 medium /large leeks, washed and trimmed, cut into discs

4 medium carrots, peeled and cut into rounds on the bias

2 long sprigs of fresh rosemary, leaves stripped and very finely chopped (just over 1 Tbsp)

3 thyme stalks (can keep whole)

50gms butter

3 Tbsp flour

250ml (1 cup) orange juice (or naartjie / clementine juice)

125ml (1/2 cup) milk

250ml (1 cup) cream

1 Tbsp honey

2 sachets liquid chicken stock – (or cubes or pots)

Serve with rice (brown or white basmati)


Fry the chicken pieces skin side down until brown on both sides. Set aside. In the same pan add the leeks, carrots, thyme and rosemary and fry over low heat until softened. About 10 minutes.

Add the butter and when it’s melted, sprinkle over the flour and stir to coat and cook slightly. Add the orange/naartjie juice and deglaze the pan. Scrape any browned bits that may have got stuck on the bottom. Then add the milk, cream, honey and stock and bring it to a bubble. Add the chicken pieces back in (with any juices) and cook for 25 – 30 minutes with the lid on, on the lowest setting. Stir occassionally to ensure the sauce doesnt catch at the bottom of the pan. Or you could pop it in the oven @ 180C / 350F for 40 minutes 

While the chicken is cooking make your rice to serve. You will need around 1 – 1.5 cups of rice for 4 people.  


Keywords: creamy chicken, leeks, carrots, rosemary, orange, thyme


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  1. Carolie de Koster

    Which fruit juice would you suggest to replace citrus for a citrus allergy? Apple, pineapple, litchi?

  2. Sam

    Hi Carolie I wouldn’t replace it with any other juice as the citrus gives it the acidity I would find another recipe or just leave it out.

  3. This sounds incredible! I am in the USA, what is an equivalent measurement to a sachet? Tablespoon??? Thank You.

  4. Sam

    Hi Janet it is about 1 Tbsp of liquid stock concentrate – so enough to make 250ml / 1 cup of stock. So whatever equivalent. A good small stock cube would do the trick too.

  5. Heather Scott

    my husband absolutely loved this dish. I found it a bit too rich. I think I might reverse the milk and the cream quantities and up the citrus.

  6. Elyss Jennings

    I am going to give this a try tonight!

    Can you tell me what % milk you recommend and also which % cream?

  7. Sam

    Hi Elyss – it really doesn’t matter. Any cream and any milk. Depending on how indulgent you want to go. I only ever use skim as thats all I have at home and generally single cream.

  8. The creamy chicken looks so delicious and very appealing, I really love chicken dishes. Excited to try this recipe this weekend <3

  9. Sam

    Hi Sara, I hope you enjoy it as much as I do

  10. Sam

    Hi Heather, yes swapping the milk for cream would make it less rich.

  11. Suzanne von Klemperer

    A delicious well-balanced dish! Thank you. I made it last night, served with brown rice and we both loved it. Will make it again soon, maybe add a green salad, but it’s a perfect dish on its own.

  12. Sam

    Im so glad you enjoyed it Suzanne 🙂

  13. Aly Grubb

    so one cup of stock is the equivalent for this recipe?

  14. Sam

    HI Aly. The recipe calls for just the stock concentrate (cube or pots or liquid (2Tbsp concentrate). and not actual liquid stock.

  15. I make this recipe often. My family loves it and it’s good enough for entertaining also. I replaced leeks with onions and add just a little bit of turmeric for colour. What a hit! Thank you.

  16. Sam

    Hi Thessa, I’m so glad you love this recipe, it is a real crowd-pleaser

  17. Carma-Jade

    Hi Sam, tried this recipe tonight for the first time! Absolutely delicious and got rid of all the cream hanging around from Christmas. Thanks for the share. x

  18. Sam

    Hi Carma – I am so glad you loved the recipe as much as I do.

  19. if it gets too thick ( i halved this recipe since only had 4 thighs) what should I use? broth, water, more orange juice?

  20. Sam

    Hi Aly, you can thin it down with any of those things.

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