Cock-a-Leekie Soup Recipe: Easy 4-Ingredient Scottish Leek & Chicken Soup Recipe Is Simple Done Right by 30Seconds Food

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Cock-a-Leekie Soup Recipe: Easy 4-Ingredient Scottish Leek & Chicken Soup Recipe Is Simple Done Right

Cock-a-leekie soup is a Scottish chicken soup recipe made with chicken, leeks and rice or barley. The original soup also had prunes, but over time many recipes have omitted this ingredient. This easy, four-ingredient cock-a-leekie soup recipe has carrots infused into the broth to add even more flavor. You will probably have some leftover chicken to make chicken salad, Greek lemon chicken soup or chicken tetrazzini with. A win-win.

Cuisine: Swedish
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 1/2 hours
Total Time: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Servings:  6

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 12 medium leeks, washed and cut to 1-inch pieces (divided)
  • 1/2 cup long-grain rice, rinsed, or barley
  • 4 medium carrots, chopped
  • chopped fresh parsley, for garnish

Here's how to make it: 

  1. Put the chicken, half the leeks and carrots into a large soup pot. Add enough water to cover the chicken. Cover the pot and simmer gently about 1 hour or until chicken is cooked through and tender. Remove the chicken to a plate to cool. 
  2. Strain the broth through a mesh strainer into another pot. 
  3. Add the rice or barley, bring to a simmer, reduce heat, cover and cook for about 10 minutes. 
  4. Add the remaining leeks. Season with salt and pepper. Continue to cook about 20 more minutes without a lid. 
  5. Remove the meat from the chicken. 
  6. To serve, put desired amount of chicken into individual soup bowls. Top with the broth. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Note: You can put the leeks and carrots back into the soup, if desired, instead of discarding them. 

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Donna John
Love simple recipes like this one.
Elisa A. Schmitz 30Seconds
Funny name but a fabulous soup recipe, wow! #yum Perfect for the weather we're having, too.
SeafoamJade
Hi, If I wanted to use store bought chicken broth, how many quarts would I have to use in this recipe? (Or how many cups?) Also, how many cups of chicken?
Donna John
The water to cover the chicken creates the chicken broth. I would say it takes about 8 cups to cover a normal-size chicken. One can of chicken broth (14 ounces) is about 2 cups of broth. You add as much or little chicken to each bowl of soup when you serve it. Your call! SeafoamJade

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