This is a Scottish dish that is traditionally a thick soup. I prefer it as a thin stew and have adapted my recipe accordingly. I use the entire leek (needs to be cleaned very carefully), but the green tips tend to be a bit tough so you might want to add them earlier in the process if you want to soften them up.

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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • In a large pot combine the chicken, carrots, barley, water, bouillon and salt and pepper to taste. Bring all to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and let simmer for 30 minutes or until chicken is cooked through and no longer pink inside. Skim broth as needed.

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  • Remove chicken from pot and add leeks. Bring back to a boil; reduce heat, cover and let simmer another 15 minutes or so, until thickened.

  • Meanwhile, skin and debone the cooked chicken. Return chicken meat to thickened stew and cook for about 5 minutes to heat through. Serve hot.

Nutrition Facts

636 calories; 35.2 g total fat; 171 mg cholesterol; 331 mg sodium. 30.9 g carbohydrates; 47.4 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made it with brown rice instead of barley and it turned out wonderful. I also used only the tender part of two leeks instead of one full leek. Healthy and tasty. Good one-dish meal to eat at home or to take to work. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2008
I am kind of strange when it comes to "traditional" recipes and how to review them. On the one hand how does the recipe taste? On the other does it really live up to the name? In this case we are talking about a very traditional Scottish soup/stew: -a-Leekie. As far as taste goes it is OK. It isn't a bad chicken stew but there is nothing particularly exciting. Hence the three out of five stars. BUT... it is NOT a traditional -a-leekie! The carrots are there for the broth and should be removed before it is served. There are no prunes in this recipe again a part of the original dish. These may seem like minor problems but they are vital components to the original. So is this a good recipe: it's adequate but it is not a true -a-leekie stew. Read More
(36)
11 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 5
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made it with brown rice instead of barley and it turned out wonderful. I also used only the tender part of two leeks instead of one full leek. Healthy and tasty. Good one-dish meal to eat at home or to take to work. Read More
(31)
Rating: 3 stars
10/20/2008
I am kind of strange when it comes to "traditional" recipes and how to review them. On the one hand how does the recipe taste? On the other does it really live up to the name? In this case we are talking about a very traditional Scottish soup/stew: -a-Leekie. As far as taste goes it is OK. It isn't a bad chicken stew but there is nothing particularly exciting. Hence the three out of five stars. BUT... it is NOT a traditional -a-leekie! The carrots are there for the broth and should be removed before it is served. There are no prunes in this recipe again a part of the original dish. These may seem like minor problems but they are vital components to the original. So is this a good recipe: it's adequate but it is not a true -a-leekie stew. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
I made it with brown rice instead of barley and it turned out wonderful. I also used only the tender part of two leeks instead of one full leek. Healthy and tasty. Good one-dish meal to eat at home or to take to work. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/25/2004
My son and I enjoyed this recipe but neither of us is crazy about barley. I thought I'd try it with brown rice. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/07/2009
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(14)
Rating: 4 stars
04/01/2011
Really a yummy filling stick to your ribs kind of soup/stew. Made as directed for the most part. I did make my own chicken broth and used that in place of the chicken bouillon. And since this is a chicken soup basically I felt that it needed much more in the way of spices and herbs other than just salt and pepper. I added bay leaves thyme sage oregano and parsley to the simmering soup. Also the water proportions are way off for a cup of barley. I at least doubled or tripled the amount called for and it was fine as a thick soup for dinner. After it sat awhile it still continued to absorb the liquid and is now like a porridge. 2 1/2 stars for the way it's written 5 stars for taste and tweaks so 4 stars overall. Relax recipe review police it's still rated good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/29/2011
Added some mushrooms onions and celery to this and it turned out wonderful. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/09/2012
This was really easy to make and it was delicious. I made it with chicken thighs rather than a whole chicken and it worked out just fine. A great winter dish! Read More
(3)
Rating: 5 stars
05/18/2012
Balls shaheer...... Read More
(2)
Rating: 4 stars
02/04/2017
I didn't think that -a-leekie should be thin like a soup. I cut back on the water and used grilled chicken breasts instead of a whole bird. Otherwise great dish! Read More