Greek Avgolemono Soup Recipe

Pinot Grigio White Wine
Maryse Chevirere

Ingredients

5 cups chicken broth, preferably homemade

2/3 cup long-grain rice

2 large eggs

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (about 1 lemon)

1 teaspoon lemon zest

1 large chicken breast, cut into small dice

Salt and pepper, to taste

2 tablespoons fresh Greek oregano or parsley, chopped, for garnish

This quick, easy version of Greek Avgolemono — lemon soup — is great when you're in the mood for chicken soup but are tired of the noodle standby. Try pairing this with a bright and citrusy pinot grigio and serve this either with some warm, crusty bread, or as a prelude to a veritable Greek feast.

Directions

In a large stock pot, bring the chicken broth to a boil. Add the rice, cover, and cook for 10–15 minutes, or until grains are tender. Once the rice is cooked, remove from heat and set aside.

In a bowl, beat the eggs until thick, then whisk in lemon juice and zest. Gradually add in a 1/2 cup of the hot broth from the pot, whisking constantly, in order to temper the egg mixture. Add in another 1/2 cup of broth, whisking again, then repeat with another 1/2 cup.

Pour the mixture back into the stock pot with the chicken broth and reheat over low heat. Add in the diced chicken, and cook for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring constantly until the chicken is cooked through and the soup has thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste.

To serve, garnish with oregano or parsley

Cooking time: 30 to 40 minutes

Wine pairing recommendation: Try the soup with a glass of dry white like the 2009 Gaetano D'Aquino Pinot Grigio. This great-value light bodied Italian white has a nice, mellow acidity with notes of fresh-cut grass and green apple.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

358 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

18%

Servings:

4
  • Fat 11g 18%
  • Carbs 37g 12%
  • Saturated 3g 17%
  • Fiber 1g 3%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 5g
  • Monounsaturated 5g
  • Polyunsaturated 2g
  • Protein 25g 50%
  • Cholesterol 138mg 46%
  • Sodium 502mg 21%
  • Calcium 42mg 4%
  • Magnesium 39mg 10%
  • Potassium 531mg 15%
  • Iron 2mg 10%
  • Zinc 2mg 10%
  • Phosphorus 266mg 38%
  • Vitamin A 57µg 6%
  • Vitamin C 5mg 9%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 12%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 26%
  • Niacin (B3) 11mg 54%
  • Vitamin B6 1mg 29%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 34µg 8%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 7%
  • Vitamin D 1µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 1mg 3%
  • Vitamin K 2µg 2%
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