Monday, January 10, 2011

Avgolemono: Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice

Avgolemono is a traditional Greek soup made with lemon, egg and broth. I tried this simple recipe for it from Food and Wine over the weekend and it's definitely going into the regular rotation. It's fresh and light, while being deliciously comforting. The most important thing about is to not allow the soup to boil once the egg is added or it will curdle. The easiest way to do this is to heat the broth first, then scoop out a cup or so. Let it cool just a bit and then slowly whisk in the egg and lemon. This is then added back into the larger pot of hot broth. It will become frothy and thicken slightly. Yum!

Avgolemono Chicken Soup with Rice  

4 cups homemade chicken stock or low-sodium broth

Salt and freshly ground pepper

2 cups cooked white rice, warmed
2 large egg yolks

1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 rotisserie chicken, meat pulled from the bones and coarsely shredded (1 pound)

1/4 cup chopped fresh dill

In a large saucepan, season the stock with salt and pepper and bring to a simmer. Transfer 1 cup of the hot stock to a blender. Add 1/2 cup of the rice, the egg yolks and the lemon juice and puree until smooth. Stir the puree into the simmering stock along with the chicken and the remaining 1 1/2 cups of rice and simmer until thickened slightly, 10 minutes. Stir in the dill and serve.

Note: If you plan to have leftovers, I would add the warm rice as you serve it. I found that if you store it with all the rice added, it absorbs too much of the broth.


  1. that sounds delicious!! i love cooking with lemon. i will be definitely be giving this a try, thanks for sharing nicole!

    p.s. wanna know something random? my best friend from grade school also had the name nicole ray :)

  2. That's so funny, Meg — did you grow in MI? does "your" nicole ray still live here? I know the 2009 Miss Rodeo Washington was Nicole Ray. That her? ; ) Thanks for stopping by — and let me know if you like the soup!

  3. The boy here. nom nom nom nom.

  4. Thanks to the boy for checking in!