It's Monday evening and we're at our son's house in Houston waiting for Grandad's pre-operative testing tomorrow. We have to be at the Texas Heart Institute at 9 a.m.
Nick returned from a week in Canada with his wife Marie where they snowboarded and rang in the new year. He's feeling a little under the weather so I cooked up a big pot of Greek Chicken & Orzo Soup. This is one of my favorite recipes. The first time I had it, Katy made it for us. It's thickened with eggs instead of corn starch or flour, so it's high in protein and low in carbohydrates.
8 cups chicken stock
3/4 cup of orzo
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
Salt and white pepper to taste
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
Roast chicken breasts in 350 degree oven for 45 minutes until done. Cut crosswise into 1/4-inch thick pieces.
In a large saucepan, bring stock to a boil over medium heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and add orzo and parsley. Cook uncovered about 15 minutes until orzo is done. Five minutes before pasta is done, add chicken.
Place eggs in mixing bowl. Whisk eggs while adding lemon juice. Whisking constantly, slowly pour a ladle of the hot stock into the egg mixture to temper.
Reduce heat to very low. Then, while whisking the soup in pan, slowly pour in the egg mixture. Soup should thicken slightly. Add salt and pepper and garnish with parsley.
Serve with crusty bread.