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Leek, Lovage, Potato & Chicken Chowder

This creamy chowder is an ideal dish to make in the chill of winter. Thick and hearty, it is a comforting soup that's perfect to have after shoveling snow.
Serves: 8
Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min

Ingredients

½ lb boneless, skinless chicken breast(s)
2 tbsp olive oil
2 cups leek(s), light green and white part, sliced
1 cup lovage, fresh, sliced
or
1 cup celery leaves and stems, fresh, sliced
6 cups potato(es), with skin, diced
4 cups water
1 tsp salt
½ tsp black pepper, freshly ground
¼ tsp hot red chili pepper flakes, (optional garnish)
1 cup whole milk
1 cup cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup green onion(s), sliced
8 sprigs lovage, fresh (optional)
or
8 sprigs celery leaves, (optional garnish)

Food Safety

Before you start, wash all surfaces and your hands with soap and warm water, and remember to wash your hands, utensils and cutting boards after they touch raw meat or eggs. Avoid cross-contamination by using a different cutting board for your meat and other ingredients. Make sure you’re cooking to safe temperatures and chilling any leftovers within two hours. For more food safety tips, visit our Food Safety at Home Section.

Steps

  1. Heat olive oil in soup pot over medium high heat.

  2. Add vegetables to the soup pot and sauté for a few minutes.

  3. Add cold water.

  4. Cut boneless chicken breast into bite-size pieces about 1 inch (2.5 cm) square. Add to pot with the salt, pepper, and red crushed chili pepper flakes (optional). Cover and simmer for 30–40 minutes or until potatoes are very tender and chicken is cooked through.

  5. In pot, with potato masher, mash about half of the vegetables to give texture and thicken the soup.

  6. Stir in the whole milk.

  7. To serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and sliced green onions. Top each bowl with a small sprig of fresh lovage (or celery leaves).

Helpful Tip

Substitute fresh celery if you do not have lovage in the garden or cannot find it at your local farmer’s market. Lovage is an old-fashioned perennial herb that tastes similar to celery but has a stronger flavour.

It’s easier to clean leeks after they are sliced in a bowl of cold water.

Nutrition Info

Per 350 g serving Amount
Calories240
Protein14 g
Fat10 g
Saturated Fat4 g
Carbohydrate25 g
Fibre3 g
Sugar4 g
Cholesterol35 mg
Sodium430 mg
Per 350 g serving % Daily Value
Potassium20
Calcium15
Iron10
Vitamin A4
Vitamin C50
Vitamin B632
Vitamin B1218
Folate18
Zinc13