French country chicken soup

Prep 10 min
Total 3 hours 10 min
Makes 10 cups (2.5 L)



bone-in chicken thighs, or 1 whole chicken, cut into pieces
2 900-mL cartons
chicken broth, or 8 cups chicken bouillon
1 tbsp
Dijon mustard
2 tsp
dried tarragon
1/2 tsp
1/2 tsp
white pepper
baby potatoes


  • Discard skin from chicken and trim any fat. Pour broth into bowl of slow cooker. Whisk in Dijon and seasonings. Add chicken. Cut potatoes, carrots and celery into thick chunky pieces and add.
  • Slice off and discard tough dark-green tops of leeks, then slice leeks in half lengthwise. Separate outer leaves and rinse under running water to remove grit. Slice into thick pieces, then stir in.
  • Cover and cook until chicken is tender and cooked through, 3 hours on high or 6 hours on low. Remove chicken to a cutting board. Remove meat from bones, then cut chicken into chunky pieces. Stir into soup. Marvellous with thick slices of baguette for dunking. Soup will keep well, covered and refrigerated, up to 3 days or freeze up to 3 months.

This chicken soup recipe makes a big batch. Enjoy a bowl now, then tuck the rest in the freezer for a soothing homemade supper down the road.


Calories 102, Protein 9 g, Carbohydrates 10.3 g, Fat 2.1 g, Fibre 2.1 g, Sodium 780 mg.
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