A savoury baked dish with a serving spoon in it

Chicken and leek bake

  • serves 4
  • Easy

The sweetness of leeks and the depth of flavour that chicken thighs and bacon bring, plus rich cheese sauce and crunchy breadcrumbs, makes for a comforting midweek meal


Try this chicken and leek bake, then check out our chicken and leek pie, chicken parmigianachicken cacciatore and more exciting chicken recipes.



  • olive oil 3 tbsp
  • skinless chicken thigh fillets 500g, cut into chunks
  • streaky bacon 4 rashers, chopped
  • leeks 2, washed and sliced
  • thyme 4 sprigs, plus leaves stripped from 6 sprigs
  • English mustard 1 tbsp
  • ready-made cheese sauce 350g
  • cheddar 50g
  • breadcrumbs 100g


  • Step 1

    Heat the oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a non-stick frying pan, season the chicken fillets well and fry with the bacon for 3-4 minutes, turning, until golden brown. Tip into a 20cm x 30cm baking dish. Add the leeks to the pan with a pinch of salt and cook gently for 10 minutes until softening, then add the thyme sprigs, mustard, cheese sauce and 50ml of water, and mix well. Tip into the baking dish and mix well again.

  • Step 2

    Mix together the cheese and breadcrumbs, then sprinkle evenly all over the chicken and leeks, drizzle the rest of the oil and sprinkle over the thyme leaves.

  • Step 3

    Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden and bubbling. Serve with a big green salad, if you like.

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Nutritional Information

  • Kcals 683
  • Fat 41.7g
  • Saturates 16.4g
  • Carbs 30g
  • Sugars 6.7g
  • Fibre 2.6g
  • Protein 45.8g
  • Salt 2.4g