Lemon Chicken Soup is definitely my favorite winter comfort food. Full-flavored, with a light creaminess. Only 5 ingredients and literally no effort to make this warm and nourishing Greek soup recipe.
It’s a Greek tradition
In Greece, Lemon Chicken Soup is one of the most favorite Sunday meals. It’s usually either this soup or some type of meat cooked in tomato sauce, which we call ”kokkinisto” like Veal In Tomato Sauce that we cook on a Sunday. I and my brother are an example of two Greek people who take this tradition real seriously…
When the time comes to deciding what to cook on the following Sunday the fight starts. I always insist on the Avgolemono Chicken Soup while he always wants the chicken to be cooked ”kokkinisto” (in tomato sauce).
So to call it even, we decided that female chickens will always be cooked as a soup while roosters are to be made in tomato sauce. And you might be wondering now how the… can they tell if it’s a chicken or a rooster? Well, it’s because we usually cook using our own chicken. Otherwise, I wouldn’t know for sure.
Now don’t get me wrong here, both meals are exceptionally good. It’s only a matter of preference. Depending on whether you are a ”soup type” yes I have proof that this type exists. My uncle, for instance, would turn every food into a soup if he could. Now that I analyzed my family trees food preferences I’ll cut to the chase.
Avgolemono is quick and simple
It’s easy, it’s hearty, it’s budget friendly and it yields enough portions to make it an ideal family-get-together meal (whether it’s Sunday or not 😛). All you need to do is, grab a well-fed, fatty chicken and make a stock in a large stockpot (check my post on how to cut up a whole chicken). Add the rice and olive oil and combine it with the whisked eggs. Finish with the freshly squeezed lemon juice and that’s just about it.
How we serve the Greek Lemon Chicken Soup in Greece:
There are two ways to serve this Chicken Soup. In Greece, we either leave the chicken parts as they are to serve after we finish eating the soup (like a second dish lets say) or we shred the chicken’s meat and add it in the soup.
Each way has its benefits, like if you leave the chicken in whole pieces out of the soup than you get to keep any leftovers to make a salad or a sandwich for example since it’s just boiled chicken and you can turn it into anything you like. If you shred it though and add it to the soup than the meat will be tastier and softer. Either way, I’m sure you’ll enjoy it!