Braised Chicken Thighs with Mushrooms and Leeks is the perfect cold weather comfort food.
2large or 3 medium leeks(whites only)
1 1/2teaspoonkosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
olive oil spray
8piecesbone-in(skin-off chicken thighs, trimmed, about 40 ounces)
8 ounceswhite mushrooms(quartered)
2 tablespoons flour(or gluten-free flour mix)
1 cup chicken broth or water with chicken bouillon
Rinse the leeks well and separate the layers to make sure there is no dirt. Slice into 1/4-inch thick half moons.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Mix together 1 1/4 teaspoons of salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper and the paprika and season all sides of the chicken.
Heat a large Dutch oven or oven safe skillet on high heat. Once hot spritz with olive oil and brown the chicken, in batches on all sides, about 5 minutes on each side, adjusting the heat as needed.
Set aside and repeat with the remaining chicken. Set aside.
Reduce the heat to medium-low and add the butter. When the butter starts to foam, add the leeks and cook, stirring until soft, about 6 to 8 minutes. Add the mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt, stir and cook covered 5 minutes, stirring until they release their juices.
Sprinkle the flour over them, stir in the chicken broth and the sherry and simmer for 2 to 3 minutes.
Return the chicken to the Dutch oven, spooning the mushroom-sherry sauce over them and cook in the oven, covered, for 40 to 50 minutes, until cooked through and tender.