Authentic Polish Pickle Soup



2 chicken leg quarters, skin removed
5 cups water, or as needed to cover
1/2 small head green cabbage, chopped
2 carrots, peeled and sliced
2 stalks celery, sliced
1 onion, sliced
2 bay leaves
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 clove garlic, minced
1 pinch ground thyme
1 pinch dried marjoram
salt and ground black pepper to taste
4 small dill pickles, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
1/4 cup sour cream


  1. Place chicken legs in a large pot and cover with water. Add cabbage, carrots, celery, onion, bay leaves, parsley, garlic, thyme, marjoram, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Cover pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook for about 1 hour. Transfer 1 cup chicken and vegetable broth to a saucepan. Heat broth and pickles over medium-low for about 15 minutes. Return pickle broth to large pot.
  3. Mix flour and sour cream in a bowl. Stir into soup; bring to a boil until thickened, about 5 minutes. Serve immediately.




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