Avgolemeno (Chicken Soup with Egg-Lemon Sauce)
- 1 (3 pound) free range chicken
- 12 cups cold water
- 3 tablespoons kosher salt
- 1 leek, cleaned and quartered
- 1 carrot, peeled and quartered
- 2 bay leaves
- 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 cups finely diced onion (about 1 medium onion)
- 2/3 cup arborio rice
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
In a 6 to 8-quart stockpot, combine the chicken, water, and 2 tablespoons salt. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat; immediately reduce the heat to a very low simmer, and skim the foam from the surface. Add the leek, carrot, and bay leaves and continue to simmer with the chicken until the chicken is thoroughly cooked, about 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Meanwhile, heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring, until translucent, about 6 minutes. Remove from the heat and set aside.
When the chicken is cool enough to handle, pull the meat from the bones and discard the skin. Dice the meat into large cubes; refrigerate until ready to use.
Return the broth to high heat, add the rice and onion and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer until the rice is almost cooked through, about 20 minutes. Add the chicken and reduce the broth to a low simmer.
In a medium sized bowl, beat the lemon juice, eggs, and pepper. Ladle 2 cups of hot broth into a measuring cup with a pourable spout. While whisking, slowly pour the 2 cups of broth into the egg mixture. Pour the egg mixture back into the pot with the remaining 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir well to blend. Divide among bowls and serve immediately.