Avgolemono Soup

SONY DSCGreek Avgolemono Soup is named for the eggs (Avga) and lemons (Lemonia) that give this soup a lovely creamy texture without the use of milk products.

Traditionally made at Easter with the inclusion of some organ meats, here is a variation with vegetables for better balance.

Just the thing for a cold winter’s day or when you’re feelling under the weather.

This is real comfort food with real nutritional value!

Course Easy
Cuisine Greek
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 6

Ingredients

  • 1 whole chicken
  • 1 whole onion
  • 1 tablespoon basmati rice
  • 1 zucchini
  • 2 eggs
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • salt and pepper

Method

  • Put the chicken in a pot and cover with water. Add onion, salt and simmer chicken and onion until meat is falling off the bones.
  • Strain and reserve stock from the boiled chicken.
  • Bring stock to boil, add rice and diced zucchini and boil for 15 mins.
  • Meanwhile, debone chicken and chop breast meat into small pieces.
  • Add diced chicken breast to the stock.
  • Turn off the heat but leave on stove.
  • Whisk the egg whites until they form peaks, then slowly add in the yokes to the whites while continuing to whisk, followed by the juice of the lemon.
  • Very slowly add 1 cup of the soup stock into the eggs while continuing to whisk.
  • Add this mixture slowly while stirring to the soup (the stove remains off)
  • Sprinkle a little pepper and serve.

Tasty also with other vegetables and also with fish instead of chicken, this is a versatile soup you can modify to suit your taste preferences.

Καλή σας όρεξη! (Kalí sas orexi ) – Greek for Bon appetite!

Avgolemono Ingredients 2

Maria Mitchell – Aromatherapist and Herbalist

Maria Mitchell is a fully qualified Aromatherapist and Herbalist whose passion for smell (and taste!) has led her into teaching, and writing about the healing power of Aromatherapy and Herbs.
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