St David's leek & chicken hotpot

St David's leek & chicken hotpot

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(9 ratings)

Cook: 20 mins


Serves 4

Make St David's Day one to remember with this deliciously hearty hotpot

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy


  • kcal298
  • fat8g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein34g
  • salt0.51g
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  • 2 baking potatoes, peeled and cut into chunks



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 2 leeks, cut into thick slices and washed



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

  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and cut into 3cm/1¼in slices



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 300ml hot chicken stock
  • 4 skinless, boneless chicken breasts, diced
  • 3 tbsp double cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh parsley



    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

  • bread rolls, to serve


  1. Cook the veg: Toss the potatoes, leeks and carrots together in a shallow microwave-safe dish with some salt and pepper. Pour over the stock. Cover the dish with cling film and pierce a few times with the point of a knife. Cook on High for 10 minutes until the potatoes are just starting to become tender.

  2. Cook the chicken: Remove the dish from the microwave, peel off the cling film and stir in the chicken. Cover the dish with fresh cling film and pierce again, then cook on High for 6 minutes or until the chicken is cooked and succulent.

  3. Finish the dish: Remove the dish from the microwave, uncover and stir in the cream and parsley plus black pepper to taste. Serve straight from the dish, with bread to mop up the juices.

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maggiebleksley's picture
1st Mar, 2020
How on earth do you cook all that in a microwave in 20 minutes? All I can say is that your microwaves must be a lot bigger and more powerful than my own humble old faithful!
24th Sep, 2016
Made this as an autumn hotpot with rave reviews from the family! Made it more as a "pot pie" with dumplings on top, and actually cooked it on the stove instead of in the microwave. It didn't take too much longer on the stove, and of course, cooking the dumplings did add another 15 min. or so.
15th Oct, 2013
Make it vegetarian by adding quorn chunks instead of chicken, tastes really good
24th Jul, 2012
When I want a quick and easy meal I often have this and it never fails. Clear clean flavours - and as a soup it's excellent.
24th Mar, 2011
This is a lovely recipe although I had to cook for a further 10mins because the potatoes were not done using the timings of this recipe. It is a hearty, tasty meal and the family have marked it as a firm favourite.
1st Mar, 2011
Had this for lunch. As others have said, it's easy and quick and suprisingly tasty. As someone else suggested I added a few mushrooms and used low fat crème fraiche instead of double cream, I also used taragon as i didn't have any parsley. Will definitly be making this one again.
31st Aug, 2009
Very easy and much tastier than it looks!
15th Jul, 2009
I made this with the specific intention of making it into a soup. Just as well because my chicken was still quite pink after the specified 6 minutes so I did it for another 2 minutes by which time it was cooked through but my potatoes had gone quite mushy!! Okay for soup but not brilliant for a hotpot! As soup it was quite thick but I like that so it was fine with me. I used a pint of stock. I want to freeze most of it so I have left the double cream out and will add this when I reheat. If you want to freeze as a soup then you will need to do this. Overall very tasty and would make again.
3rd Jan, 2009
I added sliced mushrooms and used half fat creme frais instead of double cream, delicious!! Defo going to have this again, the chicken was unbelieveably tender and moist.
11th Jun, 2008
I don't have a long would this take in the oven? Thanks


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A C's picture
13th Feb, 2020
My family don't like microwaved cooking so I used this recipe as a basis for a stovetop hotpot. I added celery and lemon thyme to the ingredients, and pan-fried the chicken to brown it before adding to the pot. It was still a very fast and easy recipe, and very delicious! Lots of flavour. We'll have this again. The name of this recipe also inspired us to learn about St David's Day.
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