My waterzooi from Ghent ( chicken broth)

Yield 4 portions



  1. Cut the chicken in 6 pieces : 2 filets, each leg cut in half with skin and reserve in the fridge. 
  2. To make the chicken stock: Add to a large stock pot 3 litres of filtered water, season the water with salt. Add the chicken carcass, onion, celery, 1 leek and the dark leaves from the leeks, 1 carrot chopped in chunks, bouquet garni. Let simmer for 2 hours. Sieve the broth, discard of the carcass and boiled veg, they gave their best! If you ve chicken stock, you will need about 400 to 600 ml .
  3. Add butter to the to a cast iron pot, add the chicken cuts, brown for a few minutes and top with the chicken stock till covered by 1 cm, simmer for 20 minutes on medium heat so the chicken is cooked through. Remove the chicken, remove the skin and reserve the chicken. Let the chicken stock boil and reduce by 1/3.
  4. Slice the carrots in thin rounds. Cut the leeks in fine julienne. Add to a frying pan a table spoon of butter and toss the veg into the pan, sauté them for a few minutes on medium heat to give colour. Reserve them. 
  5. The chicken stock has been reduced, add the carrots and leeks and the reserved chicken.
  6. Separately boil the potatoes till cooked, sieve and reserve.
  7. Fill a small bowl with 2 ladles of chicken stock, and make a "liaison": add to the bowl with stock the cream and the 2 egg yolks and whisk them with a fork. Add the liaison to the rest chicken broth and stir over medium heat. Taste and adjust the seasoning with salt, pepper and nutmeg.
  8. To serve ladle the waterzooi in deep soup dishes, sprinkle with the chopped parsley and serve with the boiled potatoes. 


on by Sandra Slawinski

Recipe by Leeks and High Heels at