Chicken, leek and potato soup

Even if you haven’t been reading food blogs back in 2002, you must have at least seen a trailer of the movie called “Julie & Julia” which is an adaptation of the book of the same title which, in turn, is an adaptation of the very first food blog ever, called The Julie/Julia Project.

In the blog, book and film, Julie Powell wanted a challenge and that challenge was to cook everything in Julia Child’s Mastering the Art of French Cooking. The soup called Potage Parmentier, or leek and potato soup, was Julie’s first project.

I cooked Potage Parmentier a few months ago, everyone loved it, but I wasn’t able to take photos. About two weeks ago, there was just me for lunch, I wanted a no-frills but substantial dish and I thought about Potage Parmentier. It has potatoes which makes it filling and I thought I’d throw in some chicken too. And this was the result. Chicken, leek and potato soup

A hearty, tasty soup that requires very little effort to make. There really are only three main ingredients — leeks, potatoes and chicken — but the result is so satisfying. Never underestimate the power of a soup dish, really. It can be a complete meal by itself.


  • 3/4 c. of sliced leeks (white and light green portions only)
    2 tbsps. of butter (optional)
    2 small chicken drumsticks or thighs, or a small chicken breast
    1 large or 2 medium-sized potatoes, peeled
    finely sliced onion leaves, for garnish (optional)


  1. Chicken, leek and potato soup

    Heat the butter in a pan and add the leeks. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until softened. Add the chicken to the pan and pour in about two cups of water. Add the potatoes and season with salt and a little pepper. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 45 minutes.

    If you want to omit the butter, you can just boil directly the chicken, leeks and potatoes.

    After 45 minutes, the chicken should be done, and the potatoes and leeks should be mushy. Lift the chicken with kitchen tongs and transfer to a plate to cool a bit. Chicken, leek and potato soup

    Strain the broth directly into a soup bowl. Chicken, leek and potato soup

    Mash the leaks and potatoes. Not to a pulp. It’s nice to have discernible bits of potatoes and leeks when you eat the soup.

    Meanwhile, separate the chicken meat from the bones. In fairly large chunks. Chicken, leek and potato soup

    Add the mashed leeks and potatoes to the broth. Stir to combine. Next, stir in the chicken meat. Chicken, leek and potato soup

    Sprinkle with onion leaves if you like.

    Finally, enjoy your soup. Accompanying it with a crusty bread would be nice but not completely necessary. The soup is wonderful just by itself.

Cooking time (duration): 1 hour

Number of servings (yield): 1


  1. Loida Perez says

    Hi Connie, I sure will cook this for our dinner. Perfect timing! I’m actually searching for a light meal for my family. We are on diet :). Thanks for sharing.

  2. Rheena says

    I tried this last night…really good! It’s so simple yet very satisfying. I just filled a small bowl but it seems like I ate a full meal.

    I have left-over and had it for breakfast”¦and my lunch”¦your mocha pudding! :)

    Cooking has always been my craft”¦.I’m really having fun trying your recipes”¦very fulfilling! I don’t need to worry if it will taste good because it’s guaranteed tried and tested! And I don’t need to think what to prepare, I just need to choose from among your postings. :)

    By the way, I love Julie and Julia the movie. I need to grab a copy of the book as well”¦