Avgolemono

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  • Level: Intermediate
  • Total: 35 min
  • Active: 35 min
  • Yield: 6 servings
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Ingredients

18 eggs

12 cups plus 1/2 cup chicken broth

1 1/2 cups lemon juice 

1 tablespoon salt 

1 teaspoon white pepper 

2 cups roasted chicken, shredded

1 1/2 cups cooked orzo

2 tablespoons chopped fresh dill

Directions

  1. Whisk the eggs in a bowl, then run them through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any stray shells.
  2. Combine the 12 cups chicken broth and the lemon juice in a pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat and hold at a simmer.
  3. Temper the eggs by gradually whisking broth into the eggs, one ladleful at a time. When you have added about a quarter of the broth, stir the mixture back into the pot. Cook at a low simmer, stirring constantly, until slightly thickened, about 2 minutes. (Be careful not to let the soup boil or the eggs will overcook and ruin it.) Stir in the salt and white pepper and strain the soup through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any lumps.
  4. In a small saucepan, combine the shredded chicken and the 1/2 cup chicken broth. Bring to a simmer to warm the chicken, then strain off the broth. Divide the chicken and orzo among six bowls; add 1 teaspoon of the chopped dill to each bowl. Ladle the soup into the bowls and serve immediately.

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