Creamy Parmesan Chicken with Mushrooms and Leeks

Creamy Parmesan Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Leeks is a total hit for dinner. Bone-in, skin-on thighs are seared until golden and crispy, then cooked in a parmesan cream sauce with sauteed baby bella mushrooms and leeks.

Golden Brown Seared Chicken Thighs In A Green Le Creuset Enameled Pan With Parmesan Mushroom Leek Cream Sauce And Sprigs Of Fresh Thyme

I’m pretty sure I’ll always favor white meat over dark when it comes to chicken, but lately I’ve been on a chicken thigh kick.

Specifically the bone-in, skin-on cut.

(Not sure why, but I don’t love the boneless, skinless thighs. Maybe because the bone makes the chicken so juicy, and crispy chicken skin is always wonderful, so how could you take those away)?

Chicken thighs are one of the easiest cuts of meat you can cook.

First of all, searing the skin makes for a delicious and beautiful presentation of the actual meat, but the searing also leaves brown flavor bits on the bottom of the pan, which you can incorporate into whatever sauce you add afterward.

Thighs are also very forgiving when it comes to temperature. There’s a wider range where they’ll stay moist and delicious, than say, chicken breast or wings.

Seared Golden Bone-In Chicken Thighs In Parmesan Cream Sauce With Sprigs of Fresh Thyme

This is a recipe that I’ve been making quite a bit over the past couple months, and I can’t get enough of it.

I know, those sound like totally cliche words, but it’s TRUE!

It’s one of those recipes where the final dish is so much more than the sum of its parts.

In other words, the ingredient list is relatively simple, but the flavor is off the charts. Let me show you how to make it!

I’ve got a video, and step-by-step photos below.

Start by partially cooking some bone-in, skin-on chicken thighs.

Sear the chicken skin-down for 5 minutes, until golden, then cook for another two minutes on the other side:

Seared Bone-In Skin-On Chicken Thighs In Le Crueset Green Braiser Pan

Remove the chicken to a plate, then add sliced baby bella mushrooms and sliced leeks:

Freshly Sliced Baby Bella Mushrooms and Chopped Leeks With Salt and Pepper In Le Creuset Braiser

Season those with a pinch of salt and pepper.

Cook for 10 minutes, until softened, then add minced garlic:

Sauteed Baby Bella Mushrooms and Caramelized Leeks With Freshly Minced Garlic In Green Le Creuset Enameled Braiser Pan

Add heavy cream to the pan:

Heavy Cream Pouring Into Mushroom Leek Cream Sauce For Chicken Thighs

Then add freshly grated parmesan cheese:

A Cup Of Grated Parmigiano Reggiano Cheese On A Mushroom Leek Cream Sauce

Stir that all together, then nestle the chicken back into the pan, and add some fresh thyme:

Nestling Chicken Thighs Into Parmesan Cream Sauce Before Baking

Bake the chicken for 20 minutes to finish cooking the chicken, and at that point, the skin should be golden and the sauce will be bubbling.

Bone-In Skin-On Golden Brown Chicken Thighs In Mushroom Leek Sauce and Sprigs Of Thyme

Serve this meal with a side of Potato Gratin for a really hearty dinner. Or for something lighter, serve a salad like Warm Brussel Sprout Salad with Goat Cheese, Shredded Zucchini and Arugula Salad, or Caesar Salad with Parmesan Peppercorn Croutons.

For more chicken thigh recipes, I really love Crispy Spiced Rubbed Chicken Thighs and Sticky Honey Lime Chicken Thighs.

If you try this recipe, I’d love to know! Leave a comment, rate it, and share your photo on social media with a tag to @fifteenspatulas so I can check out your creation. Enjoy!

Creamy Parmesan Chicken with Mushrooms and Leeks

 Creamy Parmesan Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Leeks is a total hit for dinner. Chicken thighs are seared until golden and crispy, then cooked in a parmesan cream sauce with sauteed baby bella mushrooms and leeks.

Seared Golden Bone-In Chicken Thighs In Parmesan Cream Sauce With Sprigs of Fresh Thyme
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Ingredients

  • 6 chicken thighs, bone-in skin-on
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 3 leeks (white and light green parts only), sliced
  • 10 ounces baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 3/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 5 thyme sprigs

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Season the chicken with a pinch of salt and pepper, on both sides.
  3. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and add the olive oil. Place the chicken thighs in the pan skin-down, and cook for 5 minutes, until golden and crispy. Flip the chicken and cook for 2 more minutes, then remove the chicken to a plate.
  4. Melt the butter*, then add the leeks and  mushrooms. Season with ½ tsp salt and ¼ tsp pepper, and cook for 10 minutes, until softened.
  5. Add the garlic, and stir for 30 seconds.
  6. Add the cream and parmesan, and stir.
  7. Add the chicken back to the pan, along with any juices from the plate.
  8. Add the thyme sprigs to the cream, then bake the chicken in the oven for 20 minutes, or until the chicken is completely cooked and measures 180F. Enjoy!

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Recipe Notes

 *You may use olive oil instead.

Nutrition Information Serves 6     adjust servings
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1/6th of total
Amount Per ServingAs Served
Calories 639kcal Calories from fat 463
% Daily Value
Total Fat 51g78%
Saturated Fat 22g110%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 225mg75%
Sodium 721mg30%
Carbohydrate 12g4%
Dietary Fiber 2g8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 33g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories2000
Total FatLess than65g
Sat FatLess than25g
CholesterolLess than300mg
SodiumLess than2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate300g
Dietary Fiber25g

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