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Avgolemono Soup (Greek egg-lemon-chicken); Primal/Paleo-ized

July 27, 2011

This soup tastes like summer.  Delicious, sunny, chicken soup with lemon.

Avgolemono is a traditional Greek soup that uses eggs to thicken chicken broth.  It most often has orzo or rice in it, but that just wasn’t going to work for me.   I have used zucchini a number of times as a pasta replacement, and I gave it a try for this recipe – what a success!  I love it :)

A mandolin is so fun to use, and makes cutting large amounts of veggies/fruits easy and quick.  For this recipe, I set the mandolin to 1/4″ julienne, to get little “orzo-like” zucch’s.  Like this:

Avgolemono Soup

8 cups chicken stock

4 egg yolks

2 small-ish zuchinnis, cut into 1/4″ thick “orzo” shapes

1 cup roughly chopped roasted chicken

3 Tbsp lemon juice

salt and pepper to taste

zest from one lemon

2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Bring chicken stock to a boil in a large stock pot.  In a small bowl, whisk the yolks together.  You are going to temper the egg yolk (slowly add a hot liquid so you don’t end up with scrambled eggs).  This step involves two hands and a little coordination: take a ladle full of hot stock, and slowly drizzle it into the yolks, while whisking your little heart out with the other hand.  Add another ladle full, and whisk well.  Now you can add the yolk mixture to the stock pot (while whisking vigorously).   Continue whisking the stock for approximately 4 to 5 minutes, and you will notice the egg yolks beginning to thicken the soup.

Add your zucchini “noodles”, chopped chicken breast, lemon juice, lemon zest, salt and pepper.  Serve warm with a sprinkling of fresh parsley on top.


9 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2011 8:11 pm

    I made this for my Aunt’s birthday dinner last month, but I substituted grated cauliflower for the rice. And you;re right; it does taste like “Summer.”


  2. July 27, 2011 9:43 pm

    Great post today. I really enjoyed it. Food and recipes are something I can share with my friends and family. Thank you for sharing this.

  3. msxj permalink
    July 27, 2011 11:23 pm

    Yum! Looks good! Will def try to make!!

  4. August 2, 2011 5:48 pm

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    • August 2, 2011 7:44 pm

      Hello James! Thanks very much – I’ll be glad to upload my recipes to your site. Looks great – what a wonderful resource!


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