Roasted Chicken with Leeks and Apples

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 60- 70 minutes | Total Time: 1 hour 10- 20 minutes | Yield: Serves 4-6


  • 4 small crisp apples (Empire or Braeburn)
  • 1 to 2 bunches leeks (white and light green parts), halved crosswise and lengthwise
  • 6 small sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 3 TBSP olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper
  • 8 small chicken thighs and/or drumsticks (about 2 1/2 lbs total)


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. In a large bowl, toss the apples, leeks, rosemary, oil, 1/2 tsp salt, and 1/4 tsp pepper.
  3. Pour onto a roasting pan with a rack in it.
  4. Season the chicken with 1/2 tsp each salt and pepper, and place skin-side up, into the pan with the vegetables.
  5. Roast until the chicken is cooked through and the apples and leeks are tender. 50-60 minutes.

Notes: Original recipe says to cook it for 40 to 45 minutes. That wasn’t long enough for me.

Recipe Origin: I got the recipe from Real Simple originally. I added more leeks and increased the cooking time.

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