Recipe

Cock-a-leekie soup

Perfect for a chilly winter's night- the entire family will love this nourishing chicken and leek soup.

  • 30 mins preparation
  • 8 hrs 30 mins cooking
  • Serves 6
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Ingredients

Cock-a-leekie soup
  • 1.2 whole chicken
  • 2 clove garlic, sliced thinly
  • 4 medium leeks (1.4kg), sliced thinly
  • 2 stalks celery (300g), trimmed, sliced thinly
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 1 large pinch cayenne pepper
  • 2.5 litre (10 cups) chicken stock
  • 1 cup (170g) seeded prunes
  • 2 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh oregano
  • 2 tablespoon coarsely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsely

Method

Cock-a-leekie soup
  • 1
    Place chicken, garlic, leek, celery, thyme, cayenne pepper and 2 litres of the stock in a 4.5-litre (18-cup) slow cooker. Cook, covered, on low, about 8 hours.
  • 2
    Carefully remove chicken from cooker; discard skin and bones. Shred meat coarsely using two forks.
  • 3
    Return chicken to cooker with prunes and remaining stock. Cook, covered, on high, for 30 minutes or until prunes soften and stock is hot. Discard thyme; season to taste.
  • 4
    Stir oregano and parsley into soup to serve.

Notes

Suitable to freeze at the end of step 3. Pairs well with damper, mini scones or soda bread.