Greek Avgolemono

Greek Avgolemono

The basic recipe for Avgolemono is a healthy chicken soup thickened with eggs and seasoned with lemon juice to taste. Perfect for the cold season. We added a modern twist with our pink pepperberry-lemon thyme blend. Optionally, make a delicious Avgolemono pasta sauce. You can add your favorite vegetables to the soup or pasta sauce. Or pour the sauce over cooked or fried vegetables. A good fit is, for instance, asparagus, turnip, rutabaga, pumpkin, zucchini, and carrot.
 
Hands-on Time 30 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Greek
Servings 3

Ingredients
  

  • 1 lb chicken pieces with skin*)
  • 1 each celery carrot, onion, roughly cut
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 - 4 lemons for juice

Option 1: Avgolemono Soup

  • 1/4 cup orzo or any small noodles

Option 2: Avgolemono Pasta

  • 12-16 oz fettuccini or other pasta cooked
  • 1 onion finely chopped
  • olive oil

Avgolemono Culinary Spice Kit

  • Pink pepperberries chives, lemon thyme, savory,
  • green peppercorns lemon crystals

Optional

  • Add 1-2 cups of your favorite vegetables cut into bite-size pieces (see suggestions above).

Instructions
 

  • (1) Prepare: In a POT, bring 4 cups of water to a boil. Add chicken, vegetables, and salt & pepper to taste. Cook for 20 to 30 minutes until the chicken falls apart. Take it out, remove the skin, and shred it with 2 forks.
  • (2) Base: In a BOWL, add eggs and 2 tbsp lemon juice. Whisk. Slowly stir in hot broth, 1 tbsp at a time, until the mixture reaches the temperature of the broth.
  • (3) Soup: To the POT, add orzo, 1 cup shredded chicken, additional vegetables (opt.), hot Base, Avgolemono spices, and salt & lemon juice to taste. Cook over medium heat for 6-10 minutes until the orzo is cooked ‘al dente’, stirring occasionally.
  • or (3) Pasta (instead of soup): In a PAN, fry onions in 2 tbsp of oil over medium heat until translucent. Optionally, fry vegetables until cooked. Add 2 cups of broth, 1 cup shredded chicken, hot Base, Avgolemono spices, and salt & lemon juice to taste. Cook low for 5 minutes. Serve sauce with cooked pasta.
  • Enjoy!

Notes

*) Optionally, buy broth and use cooked chicken or substitute with 1 lb vegetables (s.a.), and skip step (1).
  • Substitute orzo with 1 cup cooked rice.
  • Substitute chicken with veal or pork and cook longer.
  • Add 1-2 tbsp white wine and/or olive oil to the eggs.
  • For a thicker soup, dissolve 1-2 tsp cornstarch in 2 tbsp cold water. Add it to the eggs.
Keyword green peppercorns, lemon thyme, pink pepperberries
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