In the Slow Cooker | Chicken with Leeks and Walnut Sauce

This past Friday, I made Chicken and Leeks in Walnut Sauce from The Healthy Slow Cooker.

If you read my original In the Slow Cooker post, you know that I was going to make Sunday slow cooker day. Well, in typical Mara fashion, I’m tweaking things already.

You see, we bumped what was supposed to be our Sunday slow cooker meal to Friday night’s dinner, since the dish seemed like a better fit for Shabbat.

And since we had left-overs, we ate it again last night – which means our Sundays are all off kilter! I’m actually thinking I should just officially change slow cooker day to Friday. With Shabbat coming in early now, not having to fuss too much with dinner will definitely make the day go more smoothly.

Anyway… back to the recipe…

I absolutely loved it and definitely give it two thumbs up!

The only negative is that it looks a bit … pukish. You see??

In the Slow Cooker: Chicken with Leeks and Walnut Sauce

My eight year old even commented, “It’s weird, because it looks like throw up, but it doesn’t taste like throw-up. In fact, it’s really good!” (Leave it to an eight-year old!)

We all agreed that the chicken was delicious, including our guests. I attempted to visually perk up the plate as much as possible by serving white couscous and bright green broccoli.

Despite the appearance issue, I definitely plan to make this again. (But I totally understand that if you’ve got visually sensitive eaters, you might decide to stay clear.)

Here’s the recipe, including my minor alterations and suggestions:


Now here is where I think I will try to deviate from the recipe next time – It called for the walnut sauce (which is really more of a paste) to be added to the crockpot and cooked on high for 15 minutes until the walnuts were totally cooked through.  Before I did this, the walnut “sauce” was a gorgeous vibrant green color. Once I added it to the hot chicken, it turned “pukish”.

And since the walnuts were so fine, I really don’t think they need cooking. So, I think I will try adding the sauce right before serving – to keep that vibrant color. I may have to add a bit more olive oil to help keep the color consistency as well.

Lastly, notice that the recipe doesn’t call for salt. You can add it if you really need, but we tend to cook without salt anyway and I definitely didn’t feel like it was missing.

All in all, this is a very easy dish that produces impressive tasting results. I definitely recommend it!

What’s been in your slow cooker lately? Any rave reviews?


  1. “It’s weird, because it looks like throw up, but it doesn’t taste like throw-up. In fact, it’s really good!”

    ROTFL! This is awesome.

  2. What is a good price for a slow cooker? I was thinking about getting one for dairy. I could make something in the morning and it would be done at dinner time. No more crazy afternoons would be great!

    • I’ve seen some BF deals for under $10 for a 6-quart (Walmart, for sure, I know). I would definitely not pay more than $15. IME, there’s not much diff b/w an expensive one and a cheap one – and at least when the cheap one breaks, you aren’t out a ton of money!

  3. Love, love, love your son’s comment. Makes me want to make some of this for my kids just so I can try out that statement on them! Classic!!!

  4. This recipe looks amazing!!
    Until I buy a crock pot, can I try it in the oven? (Shorter cooking time)?

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