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Magiritsa - Easter Soup with chicken
Magiritsa - Easter Soup with chicken
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                                                                                                                                             Photo credit: G. Drakopoulos - Food Styling: T. Webb

This soup is made on Easter in Greece and is called “Magiritsa”. Traditionally, it is made with lamb. This is a lighter version made with chicken and chicken livers. Aromatics, rice, chunks of chicken and chicken livers in a delicious egg lemon sauce…. Perfect for Easter or any gathering!!

  • Place a pot full of water over high heat and bring to a boil.
  • Add the chicken livers, lower heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  • This will remove the bitter taste they may have. They will complete cooking in the soup.
  • Chop up the chicken in to 1 cm bite sized pieces.
  • It is always best to use disposable gloves when handling raw chicken.
  • When the chicken livers are ready, drain and cut them in to small pieces.
  • Set them aside along with the chicken.
  • Place a new pot over high heat.
  • Add 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil.
  • Add the onion and sauté.
  • Add the garlic, anise seeds, chicken and chicken livers.
  • Stir and sauté until golden.
  • Add the rice and sauté.
  • Add the wine and let it evaporate.
  • Add the chicken stock, spinach, half of the dill and half of the spring onions.
  • Cook for 20 minutes and add more water if necessary.
  • When ready, remove from heat and make the egg lemon sauce.

For the egg lemon sauce

  • In a bowl, add the lemon zest, lemon juice and 2 eggs.
  • Whisk until completely combined.
  • Add the corn starch and whisk.
  • Season with salt, freshly ground pepper, a pinch of chili flakes and add the remaining dill and spring onions.
  • Transfer a ladleful of steaming liquid from the soup to the egg lemon mixture in the bowl while whisking.
  • Try not to add pieces of rice or chicken. Just the liquid.
  • Add another 4-5 ladleful’s of soup and whisk.
  • Transfer the egg lemon sauce to the pot.
  • Stir and wait for 30 seconds for your soup to thicken from the corn starch.
  • If it has become too thick, add a little more boiling water, until you get the perfect consistency suited to your tastes!
  • As soon as you see the first bubble rise to the surface, remove your pot from the heat and set it aside for 5 minutes.
  • Season to taste and add more lemon if you like.
  • Add a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil and a small pinch of chili flakes to each serving!
Tip
Ask your butcher to provide you with fresh chicken livers!!
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Nutritional
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Nutrition information per portion

277
Calories (kcal)
14 %

Calories

Shows how much energy food releases to our bodies. Daily caloric intake depends mainly on the person’s weight, sex and physical activity level. An average individual needs about 2000 kcal / day.

8.0
Total Fat (g)
11 %

Fatty Acids

Are essential to give energy to the body while helping to maintain the body temperature. They are divided into saturated "bad" fats and unsaturated "good" fats.

1.1
Saturated Fat (g)
5 %

Saturated Fats

Known as "bad" fats are mainly found in animal foods. It is important to check and control on a daily basis the amount you consume.

23.9
Total Carbs (g)
9 %

Carbohydrates

The main source of energy for the body. Great sources are the bread, cereals and pasta. Use complex carbohydrates as they make you feel satiated while they have higher nutritional value.

1.5
Sugars (g)
2 %

Sugars

Try to consume sugars from raw foods and limit processed sugar. It is important to check the labels of the products you buy so you can calculate how much you consume daily.

26.1
Protein (g)
52 %

Protein

It is necessary for the muscle growth and helps the cells to function well. You can find it in meat, fish, dairy, eggs, pulses, nuts and seeds.

1.1
Fibre (g)
4 %

Fibers

They are mainly found in plant foods and they can help regulate a good bowel movement while maintaining a balanced weight. Aim for at least 25 grams of fiber daily.

0.79
Sodium (g)
13 %

Salt

A small amount of salt daily is necessary for the body. Be careful though not to overdo it and not to exceed 6 grams of salt daily

*Based on an adult’s daily reference intake of 2000 kcal.