Creamy Chicken Soup


2 tablespoons butter

1 leek, including 1-inch of green, cleaned and finely diced

1 Granny Smith apple, peeled and finely diced

2 tablespoons Calvados

1 tablespoon cider vinegar

3 cups chicken broth

1 cup apple cider

12 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast

2 cups fine egg noodles (dry)

1/2 cup heavy cream

1/4 cup grated Gruyere (optional)

Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Snipped chives, for garnish



Heat butter in a saucepan. Add leeks and Granny Smith apple, cover and simmer until tender, for about 5 minutes. Add the Calvados and reduce until almost evaporated. Stir in the cider vinegar, broth, apple cider and bring to a simmer.


Add the chicken and egg noodles to the broth, cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 5 minutes. Skim off any fat which is floating to the surface, stir in the heavy cream, optional Gruyere and season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Garnish with chives.




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