"Chicken soup with egg sauce" English
It is winter time and there is nothing better than a hot chicken soup made in the traditional Greek way!
“Kotosoupa” in Greek refers to traditional chicken soup made usually with a rich “avgolemono” sauce (egg-lemon sauce) and rice.
Soups are known in every culture around the world but the avgolemono sauce is what differentiate this Greek chicken soup from the others. A bowl of chicken soup with a silky avgolemono sauce makes for an example of the perfect comfort food.
Just like Giagia's (“giagia” = grandmother) home cooking!
Preparation time: 15 min
Cook time: 90 min (approximately)
Portions: 4-6 portions
For the soup:
- 1 chicken, whole with the bones*
- 1 litre of water
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- a tablespoon of butter
100 gr Karolina rice
*only chicken breast could also be used in that recipe with the result being as delicious as with the other way.
For the avgolemono sauce:
- 2 egg yolks
- lemon juice from 2 lemons and the zest
a pinch of pepper
This traditional Greek soup takes only 4 steps to make it and these are:
- Prepare the soup: Start by washing the chicken. Place the meat in a deep pot with the salt, peper, onion and the bay leaf. Cover it with water and simmer for about an hour. If any white foam forms, use a slotted spoon to skim off and discard.
- Pour into a bowl through a strainer, discard bones and wash pot. Return the stock to the clean pot and bring to a boil. Add the chicken and the rice along with the butter and simmer for 20-30 minutes.
- Prepare the egg-lemon sauce, when the soup is almost ready. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg yolks with the lemon juice and some cold water (about 2 tablespoons). While whisking, add in 2 ladles-full of the broth from your cooking pot. This last step will temper the sauce so the eggs will not curdle when added to the hot soup.
- Remove the pot from the heat and add the avgolemono sauce to the chicken soup.
Tip: This is important so the eggs will not be cooked.
Kali oreksi ! / Enjoy!