Chicken with chorizo & leeks

Chicken with chorizo & leeks

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(4 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 1 hr, 20 mins


Serves 10

This Spanish-style dish is full of flavour and can be made ahead

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal329
  • fat22g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs6g
  • sugars5g
  • fibre3g
  • protein23g
  • salt0.96g
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  • 2 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 10 chicken leg pieces (or 10 each thighs and drumsticks)
  • 4 fennel bulbs, trimmed, cut into wedges
    Fennel bulb

    Fennel bulb

    Like Marmite, fennel is something that you either love or hate – its strong aniseed…

  • 200g chorizo, cut into chunks



    A coarsely textured, spiced pork sausage widely used in Spanish and Mexican cooking. It is made…

  • 5 leeks, trimmed and thickly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • 6 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 2 tsp hot smoked paprika



    A spice that's central to Hungarian cuisine, paprika is made by drying a particular type of…

  • 150ml dry sherry
  • 750g large or plum tomatoes, quartered
  • small bunch of coriander, leaves only


  1. On the hob, heat the olive oil in a large frying pan. Season the chicken pieces, then fry, in batches, until golden brown on both sides. Lift out and set aside.

  2. Pour all but 3 tbsp fat from the pan, add fennel and chorizo, then cook, stirring, until the fennel is soft and lightly coloured. Add leeks, cook until soft. Add garlic and paprika, cook for 1 min more, then pour in the sherry. Let it bubble for 1 min, stirring well, taste, then season.

  3. Heat oven to 180C/160C fan/gas 4. Pour the mix into 2 ovenproof dishes. Scatter tomatoes over, then arrange the chicken on top. Cover with foil, then cook for 20 mins, until the chicken is cooked through. During cooking, check and add a little water if it seems to be getting dry.

  4. Turn the oven up to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Uncover the chicken and season the skin with salt and pepper. Bake for 20-30 mins until the chicken is heated through and the skin is crisp. Rip the coriander leaves over the top and serve straight away.

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Colin Baptie's picture
Colin Baptie
30th Mar, 2018
Just made this. Only had chicken breasts and dried fennel seeds...a wee adaptation, but as tasty as! Will DEFINITELY be keeping this one!!!
4th Jan, 2014
Had unexpected visitors so put this together, didn't have fennel so used dried fennel, they all loved it, would definitely make it again.
9th Jan, 2013
Tasty and hearty dish. I added water and chicken stock for extra j juices. Would make again. Served with mash.
29th Mar, 2011
Made it for 4 instead of 10, and although good, not as great as I thought it would taste.
8th Sep, 2009
very easy to make,i cooked mine slowly in the oven and added water as rather dry without.
7th Jun, 2009
Very easy to prepare ahead of a meal time which makes it very convenient. Plenty of flavour and not too expensive to make. My guests all enjoyed it.
7th Jun, 2009
nice enough, but probably wouldn't make again... my partner enjoyed it more than i did.
28th May, 2009
What would you substitute for the fennel as we are not keen on it? Any suggestions would be great!
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