Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Suite Meal #2: Braised Chicken, Leeks and Artichokes

Oh. What. A. Day.

My children decided to wake up at 5 am.! Well, let me rephrase that. My husband getting up and ready for work in our TINY room woke up the children at 5 am!

I decided to do a little grocery shopping before dropping my baby off to school at 9. I figured it would help out because I can put the kiddos and myself to sleep at noon after school. BAD MISTAKE!

#1 Mistake: I gave my oldest vitamins on our way out the door. She wanted a doughnut soooooooo I was going to grab it as soon as we got inside the store. Let me just say, we made it to the doughnuts, but it was not a doughnut I put in the doughnut bag .Alex's stomach was upset from the lack of food before her vitamin. The good news, she ate and felt a lot better..

#2 Mistake: I had Alex sitting in the big section of the grocery cart. Bailey sat in the top. Well, I was running out of room for groceries without COMPLETELY burying Alexandra. I put a few groceries with Bailey. I grabbed a few rolls of paper towels and Alex thought it would be funny to throw them back out.

GRRR. I pick them up. Put them back into the cart.
CRASH. Bailey thought it would be funny to throw a entire bottle of A1 across the grocery store. Yes, it shattered. Yes, it splattered. Yes, I was horrified.

I walked to the front. (Not much staff at 7 am) I found a worker and informed there was a spill. I took the kids back to the disaster and apologize to the older man cleaning my TIRED kiddos work of art.

This all happened before 8 am. Yes, the day did get better. I MADE MY SECOND SUITE MEAL: BRAISED CHICKEN LEEKS, AND ARTICHOKES. It was a lovely end to a hectic insane day.
First, add 2 TB of butter and let melt. Salt and Pepper both sides of the chicken and brown both sides. While the chicken is browning cut the leaks in small bite size pieces and let soak in water to remove any dirt. Remove the chicken and add the leaks and another 2 TB. of butter.

Let the leaks soften and then add the wine. Let reduce. Add quartered artichokes. Toss. Add the chicken broth, cream and salt and pepper. When soft add the chicken and top parm. cheese. Cover. Let cook for 10 min on med-high heat.


4 TB. butter
4 Chicken Breast
6-8 leeks trimmed, cut in bite size pieces.
1 15oz. of Artichoke quarters, drained
2/3 cp. dry white wine
2/3 cp. chicken broth
2/3 cp. heavy cream
1/4 cp. parm cheese
salt and pepper

I must say, this turned out wonderful. SO SO FLAVORFUL AND YUMMY. I served with white rice, but it would be awesome on top of pasta too! I actually ate it on top of peirogies. WOW!



  1. Good for you for cooking such a great meal in a hotel! I bet the other guests were wondering when room service was going to deliver something that smelled so good.

  2. good luck with your stay, so far you are doing a great job with postingfrom a hotel room lol this looks fantastic :)

  3. Miranda...see, I told you that you are a good cook! ..wherever you are, you will still be able to whip up something nice even from the hotel *wink. This is yummilicious...I can smell the aroma from the screen :))

  4. Wow..for being up for only a couple hours you sure had yourself an adventure. Chicken looks good.

  5. I usually get up at 530am if all my 3 cats allow...or I have to wake up at 5am.
    Things happened in life....but at least there's something nice, comforting, enjoyable on the table!

  6. You are rocking the no kitchen!!! I love the sound of this receipe. You could use a slow cooker, no?

  7. What a way to start the day! Sheesh...you created a beautiful suite-meal, though! :D Ah kids, never a dull moment!

  8. Such fun taking kids to the grocery store,isn't it?

    Love the recipe- and done in such close quarters! Impressive.

  9. A love "suite" meals, how cute is that! This sounds wonderful, can't wait to try it. Hope the kiddos get better at sleeping in, especially once they get us to the time change and the lifestyle change. Good luck!

  10. Wow! Cooking such a wonderful dish with only two burners - adventurous and amazing.

  11. What a terrible morning, I feel for you! Glad it got better, and these leeks sound delicious!

  12. sucky morning but look on the bright side you're doing a fantastic job using just two burners to cook up some delicious meals

  13. Well there's always a bright side, Miranda. Your girls are beautiful, charming, and aspiring to be Nolan Ryan. The hubby should be pleased ;)

  14. I give you so much credit! I couldn't do that! You're dish looks great :)

  15. Two of my favorite combination's with a dash of kids,love it!

  16. looks incredible -- I wouldn't have even guessed you only had half a kitchen when you made it. Hope tomorrow morning goes more smoothly for you.

  17. YIKES! That was a rough start for you and the girls.

    Glad your day ended with a yummy meal.

  18. WOW, I'm not sure I could have accomplished this beauty in my kitchen never mind a hotel! You deserve a medal for this one.

  19. What a wonderful dinner you prepared under the circumstances, I admire you, I dont think Id be as organized, diligent, and calm!

  20. Sorry about the hectic day, but at least you had a great meal:)

  21. Oh you totally had me at artichokes. This looks delish.


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