Avgolemono or Greek Lemon Chicken Soup is a very special recipe. Taking your first bite of this unique soup brings all of the warmth and comfort of traditional chicken soup, while the bright lemon flavor steals you away and drenches you with Mediterranean sunlight.
Preparing This Beautiful Chicken and Rice Soup is So Easy, but has a very Unique Preparation.
The Soup Base
The base for this soup could not be more simple. Saute carrots, a yellow onion, and a few cloves of garlic. Season everything with salt, pepper, and oregano. If you like a little extra spice, add a pinch of red pepper flake. Add water and bring to a boil. Put chicken breasts in to cook. Once they are cooked, remove them from the broth and dice into bite sized pieces. Return them to broth.
An Easy Egg technique makes a beautiful velvety broth.
I ate this soup all the time a Greek restaurant years ago, and I always wondered how they created the amazing broth. The texture is just a little thicker than bouillabaisse, and it is very rich. Cornstarch or flour are really common thickeners, but they don’t add flavor.
When I learned it was egg, it suddenly made so much sense. Eggs are a great thickening agent and they give this broth the wonderful rich flavor. They also stand up well to the lemon flavor and balance everything out.
Separate the eggs. Set the yolks aside. Beat the egg white on a medium high-speed until they are frothy and white. Add the yolks and continue to beat at the same speed until they are well combined and frothy as well. Continue mixing on low-speed. Add the juice from 3 Lemons or approximately 3/4 of a cup to the eggs. Then add 1/2 cup of hot broth to the eggs while stirring. This will temper the eggs and prevent turning the egg mixture into a scramble. Add the eggs mixture to the soup pot and stir in completely.
A little rice makes this Greek Lemon Chicken Soup extra filling.
Finally, add a cup of rice to the soup. Simmer for twenty minutes, and stir occasionally. It is important to stir at this point. The rice can sink to the bottom of the pot and burn if you do not.
For More Great Mediterranean Flavor; try These Amazing Pork Souvlaki Skewers.
“A first-rate soup is more creative than a second-rate painting.”- Abraham Maslow
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