Cock O' Leekie Soup Recipe

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Cock o' Leekie soup

Loey Krause

By
@SewinLady

Family recipe for an old Scots classic, times VERY approximate, vary with chicken choice.


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Rating:

Serves:

family

Prep:

20 Min

Cook:

1 Hr 30 Min

Method:

Stove Top

Ingredients

1 lb
boneless or boned chicken
1 lb
leeks
2 qt
chicken broth
1 c
rice

Directions Step-By-Step

1
1A. With boneless, skinless chicken, the easy way, partially thaw chicken and cut up into about 1 inch cubes, or bite size according to your preference. Brown chicken in a tiny bit of butter or vegetable oil in a big pot. Add chicken broth and simmer on low heat.

1B. For chicken breasts with bones in put chicken in big pot with chicken broth, or water and a chicken bullion cube or two. Simmer until chicken is ready to fall off the bones. Remove chicken from pot, and cool until you can handle it comfortably. remove bones, cut up chicken to preferred size bites and return to pot o' broth. This takes a lot longer, but IMHO it makes a better tasting soup.
2
Rinse leeks thoroughly being careful to get all the fine gritty sand between the layers. remove the bottommost part with roots, taking as little as possible but getting all the hard rooty fibrous part. Cut white part of leek lengthwise once, then across in 1 inch slices, working up the leek. Watch for sandy grit and rinse as you go. Remove green parts and discard as it gets tough, continuing to cut white part for soup. Put all cut leeks in water in a big bowl and stir around to rinse away any remaining sandy grit which will fall to the bottom of the bowl. Remove leeks with a "spider" or slotted spoon and add to broth in big pot.
3
Simmer until chicken is cooked and leeks are tender. Add rice and continue to simmer until rice is done. I prefer real rice to minute rice, but either will do.
4
Some Scots recipes say to add a prune or two for flavor. Not my preference, but you might like it that way.
5
Salt to taste after soup is cooked.

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Chicken Soups
Main Ingredient: Chicken
Regional Style: Scottish
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy, Heirloom