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Heat the oil in a large pot on medium heat. Add the garlic and leeks and sauté for one minute. Add the sliced carrots, parsnips, celery and onion to the pot and cook for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
Pour the broth and water into the pot and add the herbs and chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
Bring the liquid to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cover the pot. Simmer the soup for 15 minutes or until the chicken is fully cooked.
With tongs, remove the chicken to a cutting board and gently shred with two forks. Place the shredded chicken back into the pot and simmer for an additional minute or two.
Remove the sprigs of thyme, tarragon and the bay leaf and discard.
Serve immediately with several leaves of parsley and any additional salt and pepper.