Waterzooi of Chicken

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Appears in

The Times Calendar Cookbook

By Katie Stewart

Published 1977

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Vegetables give the flavour to the stock used for cooking the chicken in this recipe. The same flavoured broth is thickened and used to coat the sliced-up chicken flesh. Sometimes a few additional sautéed mushrooms can be stirred into the sauce just before serving. Extra stock and vegetables left over should be made into a soup – Waterzooi is very economical.


  • 2–3 leeks
  • 4 stalks celery
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 onion
  • 25 g/1 oz butter
  • 1 chicken, about 1 kg/2–2½ lbdressed weight
  • salt and freshly milled pepper
  • bouquet garni
  • juice of ½ lemon
  • 2 level tablespoons cornflour
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons double cream
  • chopped parsley


    Trim and wash the leeks and shred the white part. Scrub and slice the celery stalks, peel and chop the carrots and onion. Melt the butter in the base of a large pan. Add the prepared vegetables and cook gently until the vegetables are tender but not brown.

    Place the chicken on top of the vegetables and add sufficient water to cover. Add a good seasoning of salt and pepper and a bouquet garni. Bring up to the boil, then cover and simmer gently for 45 minutes-1 hour or until the chicken is tender.

    Lift the chicken out and allow to cool for a few moments. Peel away the skin and lift the flesh from the bones. Arrange the chicken flesh in a warm serving dish and keep hot while preparing the sauce.

    Measure out 6 dl (1 pint) of the stock from the pan and strain into a saucepan. Check seasoning and add sufficient lemon juice to sharpen the flavour. Blend the cornflour with 2–3 tablespoons cold water and stir into the stock. Bring up to the boil stirring all the time until the mixture has thickened slightly. Draw off the heat and allow to cool for a few moments. Blend the egg yolk and the cream in a basin and stir in a little of the hot sauce. Mix well and return to the saucepan. Heat gently but do not allow to boil. Pour the hot sauce over the chicken, garnish with chopped parsley and serve.