Traditional Scots soup of chicken and leeks. One pound of potatoes, peeled and cubed, could be substituted for the barley, if desired.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
1 hr 30 mins
total:
1 hr 40 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
12 servings
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a large pot over high heat, combine the chicken, water, onion and barley. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 1 hour. Remove chicken, discard the bones and skin, chop meat into bite size pieces and return to the pot.

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  • Add the chicken broth, leeks, celery, thyme, parsley, salt and ground black pepper. Simmer for 30 more minutes, or until all vegetables are tender.

Nutrition Facts

243 calories; protein 32.4g 65% DV; carbohydrates 12.4g 4% DV; fat 6.5g 10% DV; cholesterol 125.9mg 42% DV; sodium 502.8mg 20% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
Wonderful flavor but I felt it didn't have enough body so I added 5-medium sized potatoes. Annette Jensen- Canada Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2010
Leeks: Cut off and discard the root area, 1/8" up the white bulb. Slice the leeks as desired, perhaps 1/4". Use as much as 2" of the green. Then wash the slices thoroughly turning them over and over under running water in a colander to get rid of the sand and dirt in which they were grown. It might take 30 minutes to get the leeks clean. This is vital and not warned of in the recipe. We have been served sandy leeks in restaurants. The recipe is strange, since the ingredients list calls for bite-size pieces of boneless thighs but the directions ask us to take the meat off the bones and chop. I was not able to find condensed broth (no such animal). I used boneless breasts since that's what I had to use up. No doubt thighs would have been more flavorful. I also used more celery, thyme and parsley than called for. Next time I will use more barley, and there will be a next time. The result was bland, as one reviewer said, so I added some Bell's and some S&P and served it with a suggestion to add more as needed. Served with cheddar and crackers. Read More
(14)
73 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 48
  • 4 star values: 18
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2004
Wonderful flavor but I felt it didn't have enough body so I added 5-medium sized potatoes. Annette Jensen- Canada Read More
(53)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
This was very good, and easy, but with all the onions and leeks I wouldn't recommend it before a date. LOL Read More
(44)
Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
very good soup, my friends loved it. I didn't use quite as much leeks as called for because the leeks I found were quite big. It served 12 people with leftovers, it was a good lunch. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/07/2005
I also add more barley as stated. I like this soup with cubed potaoes and a squeeze of lemon juice. This hit's the spot! I've made it about 5 times now and it comes out wonderful everytime. Yummy! Read More
(23)
Rating: 5 stars
10/01/2005
This really good. I will definately make this again. I thought 1/3 cup of barley would not be enough so I increased it to 1/2 cup...it was way too much, I should have followed the recipe. Read More
(19)
Rating: 3 stars
01/07/2010
Leeks: Cut off and discard the root area, 1/8" up the white bulb. Slice the leeks as desired, perhaps 1/4". Use as much as 2" of the green. Then wash the slices thoroughly turning them over and over under running water in a colander to get rid of the sand and dirt in which they were grown. It might take 30 minutes to get the leeks clean. This is vital and not warned of in the recipe. We have been served sandy leeks in restaurants. The recipe is strange, since the ingredients list calls for bite-size pieces of boneless thighs but the directions ask us to take the meat off the bones and chop. I was not able to find condensed broth (no such animal). I used boneless breasts since that's what I had to use up. No doubt thighs would have been more flavorful. I also used more celery, thyme and parsley than called for. Next time I will use more barley, and there will be a next time. The result was bland, as one reviewer said, so I added some Bell's and some S&P and served it with a suggestion to add more as needed. Served with cheddar and crackers. Read More
(14)
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Rating: 5 stars
01/25/2004
Added potatoes as well very nice flavour. The leeks I used were small so the onion flavour was not overwhelming. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
01/28/2008
I just made this soup for a Robbie Burns supper. I had never heard of it before...but it went over great. I added rice instead of barley ( I don't like barley) and I seasoned the chicken and gave it a quick sear in a frying pan before adding to the water...just for extra flavour. I also added some bacon to the water for flavour ( I strained this out later). The soup was not bland and thickened up nicely. Thanks for a great starting recipe. Read More
(11)
Rating: 3 stars
02/20/2004
We found this soup to be easy to make but on the boring side. OK if you are looking for something heathy but I wouldn't call it comfort food. Read More
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