This chicken with artichokes is an easy meal to cook in the skillet, and it is fabulous over hot cooked pasta or rice. The light sauce is made with tomatoes, chicken broth, and some white wine.
The dish is versatile. It can be made with or without the tomatoes, or add a bit of cream for a creamy sauce. Leeks aren't as commonly used in the U.S. compared to other countries, so they can be pricey. Feel free to omit the leeks or replace them with a small thinly sliced sweet onion or shallots.
- 4 boneless chicken breast halves
- 3 tablespoons butter
- 3 leeks (white part, cleaned and thinly sliced)
- 1/2 red bell pepper (thinly sliced)
- 8 ounces sliced mushrooms
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 cup chicken stock (low sodium or unsalted)
- 1/2 cup dry white wine
- 1 (14.5-ounce) can diced tomatoes
- 1 (15-ounce) can artichokes (quartered, drained, not marinated)
- 1 (4-ounce) can sliced ripe olives (drained)
- 1/2 teaspoon dried basil
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt (or to taste)
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- Optional Garnish: Parmesan cheese
Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the leeks; cook until they are tender, stirring frequently. Add the chicken breasts and continue cooking for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.
Add the mushrooms and cook for about 3 minutes longer. Add the bell pepper strips and garlic and cook for 1 minute longer.
Add the chicken broth and wine and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and cook for 7 to 10 minutes, or until reduced by about half.
Add the tomatoes, artichokes, olives, and basil; bring to a simmer. Taste and season with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.
Reduce heat and simmer for a minute or two longer, or until heated through.
Serve with pasta or rice and sprinkle servings with Parmesan cheese, if desired.
- Bits of sand can be hiding among the layers of leeks, so make sure they are thoroughly cleaned. Cut off the green and root end. Slice the leek—white and light green part—in half lengthwise and rinse under cold running water while separating the layers slightly with your fingers.
- If the chicken breasts are quite thick, pound them to an even thickness or slice them in half horizontally to make cutlets.