Chicken Leek Soup with White Wine (Island of Crete-Greece)

We had this chicken leek soup again last night and my wife asked me “why is this soup so good?”. It’s a question worth exploring because it is the favorite soup in my cooking classes as well. It is so simple and just a scan of the ingredients wouldn’t have me running to make it. But, the blend of chicken sautéed in olive oil, wine, and leeks makes for a delicious combo that is well worth the minimal effort of making it. It is a healing soup and a few weeks ago I made it when Christine and I both had colds. It also works as an opener to a fancy dinner party because of it’s simplicity combined with its rich, flavorful broth.

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Chicken Leek Soup with White Wine (Island of Crete-Greece)

4.78 from 9 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins
Servings 6
Calories 406 kcal


  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 large leek, cut into thin rounds
  • 4 green onions (scallions), chopped
  • 4 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 small cabbage, cut into thick slices
  • 1 cup white wine
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 3 cups water


  • In a deep pot, heat the olive oil. Add the chicken and sauté until cooked on the outside. Add the leeks, green onions, and celery. Sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add cabbage and sauté for a few minutes until fork tender. Add wine, salt, pepper, paprika, nutmeg and water. Mix well.
  • Cook on low heat for 45 minutes.


Calories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 34gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 3gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 97mgSodium: 211mgPotassium: 847mgFiber: 4gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 514IUVitamin C: 49mgCalcium: 78mgIron: 2mg
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  1. Liz February 26, 2022 at 6:53 am - Reply

    What are the best wines for cooking this way?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. February 27, 2022 at 7:40 am - Reply

      Hi Liz, almost any wine will work. I usually buy the $3 white wines and use those for cooking.

  2. Martin February 24, 2022 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    5 stars
    I’ve made this several times with excellent success. I have made some changes: chicken stock instead of water, add two sliced carrots, plus a few herbs (oregano, thyme, and a few red pepper flakes.)

  3. Alyssa October 30, 2021 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    The only liquid is 1/2 cup EVOO and 1 cup wine? No stock?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 31, 2021 at 7:37 am - Reply

      Hi Alyssa,
      Yes, plus 3 cups water. The flavor comes from the wine, olive oil, spices plus the broth that is created from the veggies. – Bill

  4. Susan Morgan October 7, 2021 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Are the nutrition amounts for the entire recipe?

    • Bill Bradley, R.D. October 8, 2021 at 10:32 am - Reply

      Nutrition amounts are per serving.

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