May ’11: Αυγολέμονο

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

It’s a very nice thick soup with a nice balance between lemon and chicken flavour.  I first had it in a Greek restaurant and liked it a lot.

Adapted from http://oneperfectbite.blogspot.com/2010/03/avgolemono-greek-lemon-chicken-soup.html

Ingredients:

Chicken stock………………….8 cups
Onion and garlic………………lots
Evaporated milk………………1/2 can
Pearl or arborio rice…………1 cup
Chicken…………………………..3 lbs
Fresh lemon juice…………….1/2 cup
Large eggs, separated………..2
Chopped parsley………………2 tablespoons
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

  1. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir in rice, lower heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes. Add chicken and simmer for 5 minutes longer.
  2. Meanwhile, whisk egg whites in a small bowl until they are frothy. Stir in yolks and lemon juice and whisk to combine.
  3. Remove 1 cup of broth from soup. Slowly whisk it into egg mixture. Add another cup of broth in the same manner. Remove soup from heat and pour egg mixture into it. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Sprinkle with parsley and serve hot.

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