Leek, Lovage, Potato & Chicken Chowder

Prep Time: 10 min
Cook Time: 40 min
Serves: 8

This creamy chowder is an ideal dish to make in the chill of winter. Thick and hearty, it is a comforting soup that’s perfect to have after shoveling snow.


1/2 lb (0.3 kg) boneless, skinless chicken breast(s)
2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
2 cups (500 mL) leek(s), light green and white part, sliced
1 cup (250 mL) lovage, fresh, sliced
1 cup (250 mL) celery leaves and stems, fresh, sliced
6 cups (1.5 L) potato(es), with skin, diced
4 cups (1 L) water
1 tsp (5 mL) salt
1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) black pepper, freshly ground
1/4 tsp (1.25 mL) hot red chili pepper flakes, (optional garnish)
1 cup (250 mL) whole milk
1 cup (250 mL) cheddar cheese, grated
1 cup (250 mL) green onion(s), sliced
8 sprigs lovage, fresh (optional)
8 sprigs celery leaves, (optional garnish)


1 Heat olive oil in soup pot over medium high heat.
2 Add vegetables to the soup pot and sauté for a few minutes.
3 Add cold water.
4 Cut boneless chicken breast into bite-size pieces about 1 inch (2.5 cm) square. Add to pot with the salt, pepper, and red crushed chili pepper flakes (optional). Cover and simmer for 30–40 minutes or until potatoes are very tender and chicken is cooked through.
5 In pot, with potato masher, mash about half of the vegetables to give texture and thicken the soup.
6 Stir in the whole milk.
7 To serve, ladle soup into bowls and garnish with shredded cheddar cheese and sliced green onions. Top each bowl with a small sprig of fresh lovage (or celery leaves).