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Slow Cooker Chicken Cock-A-Leekie Soup

Servings 8 -10 servings


  • 2 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 3 leeks sliced and cleaned
  • 3-5 carrots chopped
  • 1/3 cup barley
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp. thyme
  • 2 32 oz boxes chicken broth
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • dried prunes diced for topping, optional


  • Place chicken breasts in slow cooker.
  • Add leeks, carrots, barley, onion, bay leaf and thyme to slow cooker.
  • Pour chicken broth over all ingredients.
  • Cook on high 5-6 hours or low 7-8 hours.
  • Remove chicken breasts and take meat off of bones.
  • Return meat to the soup.
  • Serve with diced prunes. Try it! It's good!


I used medium pearl barley and added it at the beginning of the cooking time. You can also use quick cooking barley, but will need to add it during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking. If you want to substitute rice for the barley, use long grain rice and add it during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking.