Today I will share with you my Greek recipe for chicken soup that’s made with a creamy egg and lemon sauce (avgolemono). This dish is yummy, filling, and particularly beneficial during winter to fight off those nasty bugs!
INGREDIENTS (serves 2-3)
2 drumsticks (or whole legs) and 2-3 chicken wings
½ cup of rice for soup (‘glacé’, if you’re in Greece)
1 chicken stock cube
Juice of a small to medium lemon
1 big carrot sliced
2-3 stalks of lean Greek celery cut up coarsely with their leaves (not celery sticks)
1 large egg (separated)
1 red onion (cut up in thick slices)
A dash of olive oil, salt, pepper
Fill a large pot halfway up with water and dissolve the stock cube in it. When it comes to boil, throw in the chicken pieces.
Add salt, olive oil, and the onion. Cover and leave to simmer.
Check the chicken after about 45 minutes. When cooked, remove the chicken pieces, place in a platter.
Throw in the rice, the celery and the carrot and bring to boil, then cover and simmer for about 20 minutes.
While the rice is cooking, separate the meat from the bone and the skin.
When the rice is nearly done, prepare the egg and lemon sauce:
Beat the egg white first with a fork or a whisker. Add the yolk, beat some more, then add the lemon juice SLOWLY while beating.
Collect about half a cup of stock from the pot with a ladle or spoon. As you beat the egg, add the stock SLOWLY. This is important and the reason is to warm up the egg slowly, otherwise the sauce will be ruined (it won’t thicken).
Turn off the heat and pour the egg mix over the soup. Throw in the meat, add pepper, and mix gently with a spoon. Cover and leave on the stove for a minute, then serve with feta cheese and fresh bread. Kali orexi!
NOTE: You can use chicken breast too, but I recommend legs and wings as this is where all the taste is. To make the sauce even thicker, add an extra egg yolk and use a blender to mix the separated eggs, then transfer to a bowl before adding the lemon juice.
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