Belgian Waterzooi Recipe: Creamy & Delicious Chicken Soup

Waterzooi is a traditional Belgian soup that’s soothing, hearty and delicious. The name comes from the Flemish words for boiling water – a fitting name for a stew! This dish is usually made with chicken or fish. When cooked with chicken, it tastes a little like the Belgian version of chicken and dumplings. This soup is creamy, flavorful and satisfying. It dates all the way back to the Middle Ages, so it certainly has withstood the test of time. I used bone-in chicken thighs, but you could also make this with boneless chicken breast – just reduce the amount of cooking time for the chicken.

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Belgian Waterzooi Recipe Creamy & Delicious Chicken Soup - Beck & Bulow

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Belgian Waterzooi Recipe Creamy & Delicious Chicken Soup - Beck & Bulow

Ingredients:

  • 3 pounds chicken thighs
  • 1 pound parsnips, chopped
  • 2 leeks, sliced thin
  • 3 carrots, chopped
  • 2 ribs of celery, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 shallots, minced
  • ⅓ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 egg yolks
  • Chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • Sea salt & freshly ground black pepper

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Instructions:

  1. Season the chicken on all sides with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  2. Melt the two tablespoons of butter in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add in the minced shallots, chopped leeks, onions, celery, parsnips and carrots. Arrange the seasoned chicken thighs on top of the vegetables. Pour in the chicken broth, adding more if necessary to completely submerge the chicken. Season as desired with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce heat, cover and simmer for 2-3 hours, or until the chicken is fork tender. Remove the chicken from the pot with tongs or a slotted spoon and set aside to cool. Continue to simmer the soup for another half hour.
  4. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat into large chunks and discard the bones. Set the shredded chicken aside.
  5. While the soup is simmering, beat the egg yolks and heavy cream together in a bowl. Gradually whisk the mixture into the soup.
  6. Juice the lemon into the pot and stir in the chopped parsley. Add the shredded chicken back into the soup and stir to combine.
  7. Serve and enjoy!

Belgian Waterzooi Recipe Creamy & Delicious Chicken Soup - Beck & Bulow

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