- 1 chicken, preferably a free-range stewing chicken, 1½ kg (3 lb)
- cold water
- Place the chicken in a large pot with only enough water to cover it; bring to a boil, and skim off the foam.
- Reduce the heat to a simmer, and add the salt; as the liquid will be reduced, remember to use salt sparingly.
- Add the peppercorns and all the vegetables. Tie the bouquet garni ingredients with kitchen string and add to the pot. Allow the bouill