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Traditional Scottish recipe: Cock-a-leekie soup

‘Soup is the perfect pick-me-up after coming in from a hard day of work’, says Tom Kitchin, who has provided us with this traditional recipe for cock-a-leekie soup.


Easy
2-3 hours
Published: January 23, 2016
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1 In a large pan cover the chicken with cold water and bring to the boil. Add the vegetables and herbs and cook slowly for two or three hours until the chicken is cooked. Remove the chicken and vegetables from the stock and season to taste.

2 Meanwhile, cook the basmati rice and chopped leeks in boiling salted water. Chop the prunes (optional if you want to add them) and parsley, keeping aside for garnish.

3 Break away the chicken from the bone.

To serve

In a bowl place the cooked rice, chicken, prunes (optional) and chopped parsley. Cover in stock and serve.

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Ingredients

  • For the soup:
  • 1 whole free-range chicken
  • 1 leek
  • 1 onion
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 sprig thyme
  • 5 white peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Salt
  • 200g basmati rice
  • 50g chopped prunes (optional)
  • 20g chopped parsley
  • 1 chopped leek
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