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Chicken and Leek Soup

Yankee Plus Dec 2015


Chicken and Leek Soup
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Cock-a-Leekie, as the Scottish call it, needs the subtle flavor of leeks to make it just right. But in a pinch, onions will work reasonably well.

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  • 1 small stewing chicken with giblets
  • 2 quarts cold water
  • Bouquet garni
  • 6 whole leeks, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Parsley


Combine chicken and giblets with water in soup kettle. Add bouquet garni. Bring to a boil, skim, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, 2 hours. Discard herbs and remove chicken. Cool, skin, and cut meat into bite-sized pieces. Discard skin and bones. Cool stock, chill, and skim fat from top. Return stock and chicken to kettle. Simmer 5 minutes. Add leeks and simmer, partially covered, 20 minutes longer. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.
Updated Wednesday, September 5th, 2007

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