Greek Lemon Chicken Soup - Kotopoulo Soupa Avgolemono
This Greek lemon chicken soup - kotopoulo soupa avgolemono is delicious and can be used for healing purposes or pure comfort and delight.
For the broth
- 4 lbs chicken thighs and/or drumstikcs bone in
- 2 carrots peeled and cut into ⅓ inch slices
- 2 stalk celery diced
- 2 bay leaf
- fresh thyme leaves
- fresh sage sprigs
- fresh rosemary
- 1 red onion halved
- 10 peppercorns
For the soup
- 2 carrots cut in thick coins
- 1 celery stick diced
- 1 red onion diced
- 1 cup sticky rice
- dry oregano
- sea salt
- freshly ground pepper
For the egg and lemon sauce
- 3 egg yolks
- 2 lemons juiced and zested
- fresh thyme leaves optional
- chili flakes optional
- freshly ground pepper optional
Place the chicken in a large pot and add water to cover. Bring to a boil. Skim the foam and reduce the heat to low. Add the onion, carrots, the bay leaves, fresh herbs sprigs, 2 tablespoons of sea salt and about 10 peppercorns. Cover and simmer for about 1 hour. Wash the pot and add back the stock. Add the diced onions, carrots and celery. Bring to a boil, lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.
Add the chicken and the sticky rice. Simmer until rice is cooked, about 12- 15 min.
While the rice cooks zest and juice the lemons.
Prepare the egg-lemon sauce.
In a bowl, whisk the egg yolks very well.
Gradually add the lemon zest and lemon juice while continuously whisking until the mixture thickens a little and becomes creamy.
Slowly add ½ cup of the soup broth to the bowl while whisking vigorously. Add about another cup in the same way.
Keep whisking. Turn off the heat and add the lemon-egg mixture into the pot. Stir thoroughly.Add salt, fresh ground pepper and extra lemon juice to taste.
Serve in bowls with a sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves and chili flakes.
Nutritional Info – Please keep in mind that nutritional information provided is only an estimate and can vary based on products used.
- Chicken broth can be refrigerated for 3-4 days and frozen for 2-3 months.
Calories: 342kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 171mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 406mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 7042IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg