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Traditional Cock-a Leekie - (Chicken and Leek) Soup Recipe

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Chicken and Leek Soup - Cock-a-Leekie

Chicken and leeks are a lovely combination in any recipe, but together in a soup recipe, perfect. This chicken and leek soup recipe is also known as "cock-a-leekie" soup in the Scottish kitchen, but whatever you want to call it, it is a delicious, filling soup and very easy to make.

Prep Time: 30 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes


  • 4 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 medium sized leeks, well washed and chopped to 2cm / ¾" lengths
  • 3 medium sized carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
  • 1 stick of celery, washed and coarsely chopped
  • 1x 1.25 / 2lb 12oz/  fresh, whole chicken
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt and crushed black pepper


Serves 4
  • Heat the oil in a large stock or soup pan. Add all the vegetables and brown over a medium-high heat for 5 minutes stirring constantly.
  • Add the chicken to the pot and enough water to more than cover. Add the bay leaf. Add 6 leek
  • Cover the pot and simmer gently for 1- 1 ½ hours or until the chicken is falling off the bone Remove the chicken and reserve.
  • Continue cooking the broth for 20 minutes to intensify the flavour. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Shred some of the reserved chicken meat and add to the finished soup.
Note: The reserved chicken can also be served as a separate course with boiled potatoes and other fresh vegetables.
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 5 out of 5
Wonderful, all natural soup recipe!, Member SandyGal1976

My new favorite soup! This is what chicken soups should all be like! This soup was very easy to make and tastes wonderful. I did end up simmering it a bit longer than it stated to make sure the chicken was cooked completely and tender and I added all the chicken meat back in afterwards for a more filling soup. If desired, extra vegetables could be added but are not necessary. I was very happy with the flavor, and love how only fresh ingredient are used and that the broth comes from the chicken, not a can or any artificial ingredients. This should rate highly for most diets since it's just chicken meat, natural broth and vegetables - Paleo, low carb, Atkins, Weight Watchers, South Beach, Weston Price, Zone, GAPS diet, SCD diet, gluten-free, etc. It's allergen free (dairy/wheat/egg free, etc). Give it a try!

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