This is truly one of the best soups I have ever had. Avgolemono is a traditional Greek soup that means ‘Egg Lemon”. Avgo-Egg Lemono-Lemon. So you see. The traditional soup is very simple, made of only chicken broth, egg, lemon juice and a bit of orzo or rice. My version is bulked up a bit with shreds of carrot, tender chicken, and fresh dill.
The soup is thickened with the addition of the eggs. This is the tricky part. Do it right, and you end up with a gorgeously smooth, velvety textured soup. Do it wrong and you’ll be eating scrambled eggs with your chicken and carrots.
The trick to perfect Avgolemono? After adding the eggs, do not boil or over-heat. That’s it. Just follow the instructions and it will turn out fine.
This is just a perfect soup for spring. The lemon and carrot are so fresh and vibrant and the dill mixes in so seamlessly. If you are stuck in a soup rut, this is just the soup to try for something delicious and new!
- 2½ lb. Bone in Chicken Thighs
- 7 C. Chicken Broth(or Water)
- ½ T. Olive Oil
- 1 small Onion, chopped
- 1 t. Coarse Salt
- 1½ C. Carrot, shredded
- ½ C. Orzo
- 4 large eggs
- ⅓ cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 T. Fresh Dill, chopped
- Dash White Pepper
- Place the chicken thighs in a crock-pot and cover with the 7 cups chicken broth or water. Cook on high for 4 hours, or until chicken is fall off the bone tender.
- Remove the chicken from the crock pot and allow it to cool down in a bowl. Do not discard the broth. Strain the broth through a mesh sieve and keep warm in the crock pot.
- When the chicken is cool enough to handle, separate the chicken from the bones. Shred the chicken just slightly. Set aside, keeping warm.
- Heat the olive oil in a stock pot over medium high heat. Add the chopped onion and salt and saute for 3-4 minutes, or until softened. Do not brown. Add the carrot and saute for another 2 minutes.
- Pour 1 cup of the broth from the crock pot into a blender and set aside to cool slightly. Add another 5 cups of the broth from the crockpot to the stock pot containing the onion and carrot and bring to a simmer(Add more chicken stock if there is not 5 cups left of liquid to make up the difference). Once the stock is simmering, add the orzo. Cover the pot and simmer for about 10 minutes, or until the orzo is tender.
- Add the eggs and lemon juice to the cooled stock in the blender and blend until the mixture is frothy.
- Slowly pour the egg mixture into the hot soup, stirring constantly until it is completely mixed in. Do not bring to a boil or eggs will curdle.
- Add the chicken, dill, and a dash of white pepper to the soup and stir until distributed.
- Taste and adjust seasonings, if needed.
- Serve immediately.