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Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Cock-a-Leekie Soup


  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken, about 1.5kg OR chicken portions on the bone, same weight
  • 2 leeks, sliced into 2cm/1in rings
  • 2 large carrots, chopped into 1cm/half an in rings
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 10 black black peppercorns
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 5 stoned prunes, sliced into thin slithers
  • 30g/1oz basmati rice, rinsed
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp salted butter

Optional Garnish

  • couple of sprigs of fresh parsley OR coriander, finely chopped

Instructions

  1. Place the chicken in a saucepan large enough to hold the chicken and cover it with cold water.
  2. Add the vegetables, herbs and peppercorns and bring to boil on high heat.
  3. Lower heat and simmer for about 2 hours, skimming off any scum as necessary.
  4. At the end of the two hours, lift the chicken out and set aside on a plate and keep warm.
  5. Add the rice and prunes and cook for 30 minutes.
  6. Pull the chicken into strips and off the bone and add back to the soup to warm through, a couple of minutes at simmer should do.
  7. Take off heat and stir in the tbsp of butter.
  8. Serve hot with lots of crusty bread, sprinkled with your chosen herb, if using.

Notes

If you are using chicken portions, cook for only about 1 – 1 and a half hours.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 4-6