Scottish Cock-a-Leekie Soup

Be prepared to be transported to Scotland with this hearty chicken soup.

The soup's catchy name, cock-a-leekie, presumably comes from two of its must-haves — chicken and leeks. But this pot has a grab bag of memorable add-ins, including pitted prunes (sounds crazy, but they add a delicious trace of sweetness) and an optional splash of scotch, because (1) Scotland! and (2) a little alcohol helps dial up aroma and flavor. For stick-to-your-ribs heft, the soup brings in fiber-filled barley, a heart-protecting grain.

Try our other international chicken soup recipes to go global with the ultimate homey classic:

Total Time:
Prep:
Cook:
Level: Easy
Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 c. pearled barley
  • 3 leeks (white and pale green parts only), sliced into 1-inch half-moons, rinsed well
  • 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 3/4-inch chunks (1 heaping cup)
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 c. Simple Chicken Stock (recipe link in directions) plus 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 1 c. pitted prunes, coarsely chopped
  • 1 thyme sprig
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. coarse salt
  • pepper
  • 1 tbsp. scotch whiskey (optional)

Directions

  1. Heat oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Add barley, stirring to coat. Toast, stirring occasionally, until fragrant and lightly browned, about 5 min.
  2. Add leeks, carrots, and garlic. Cook, stirring frequently, until vegetables have softened, about 5 min more. Add Simple Chicken Stock, prunes, thyme, bay leaf, and self. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer, partially covered, until barley is tender, 25 to 30 min.
  3. Discard thyme and bay leaf. Add shredded chicken, some pepper, and the scots, if using. Cook until heated through, 2 to 3 min. (note: Additional stock can be added to leftover soup if it becomes too thick.)

This recipe originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Dr. Oz The Good Life.

More recipes like this
Veggie-Loaded Lentil Soup
Veggie-Loaded Lentil Soup
Curried Carrot Soup
Curried Carrot Soup
Soup Illustration
The Oz Family Chicken Soup
Gazpacho
Gazpacho, Your Weight-Loss Soup
Chickpea and Red Pepper Soup with Quinoa
Chickpea and Red Pepper Soup with Quinoa