Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono)

Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes

If you want flavor this is the soup you need! This egg-lemon soup is packed with flavor and not calories. Ready in under 30 minutes.

Greek Egg Lemon Soup with lemon


Greek food is one of my favorite cuisines from around the world. Of course, given that most dishes involve lemon juice, garlic and olive oil that probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise to you.

Traditional Greek Salad

With an emphasis on fresh herbs, clean flavors and heart-healthy ingredients like yogurt and walnuts, Greek food is a perfect example of healthy made delicious. Just look at this Greek salad!

Greek Egg Lemon Soup In a Bowl

Growing up just 3 hours from Chicago, home to one of the nation’s largest Greek populations, I have had countless opportunities to dine on some of the best Greek food around.

Greek Village Salad with Kalamata Olives and Feta Cheese - a fast and easy side dish recipe

In college, I had the pleasure of traveling to Athens, Greece with a few of my classmates. The atmosphere and the food was everything you would expect and more. Salty cheeses, briny olives, juicy lemons, fragrant herbs… it was heaven.

Adding Rice to Soup


In lieu of traveling to Greece this winter, I decided to create a light and healthy version of avgolemono soup which literally translates to “egg-lemon” soup.

Greek Egg Lemon Soup In a Bowl High Resolution

Restaurant versions typically use triple the number of eggs and thicken the broth with a heavy roux full of butter and white flour. You’ll be pleased to learn that my version is completely dairy, gluten-free and requires only 2 eggs.

Tempering WEggs

Frequently asked questions:

How do I temper eggs?

To temper, slowly add about 1-2 tablespoons of a hot liquid to the eggs as you whisk them. This slowly raises the temperature which will prevent you from simply cooking the eggs in the hot liquid which is when you end up with scrambled egg strands. The goal is to slowly bring up the temperature of the eggs without scrambling them.

What is tempering?

Tempering is the method of mixing together two liquids of varying temperatures together without altering the texture. Read: avoiding curdled /scrambled eggs in the broth. You’ve probably heard the term when it comes to chocolate but I use the method when making this Greek egg-lemon soup as well.

How long will this soup keep for?

This Greek egg-lemon soup will last up to 4 days stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator.

Don’t worry – it’s easy!

Greek Egg Lemon Soup Recipe

For added brightness, lemon juice is whisked into the soup as well. I love to serve the soup with extra lemon wedges for people to add more at the table if they wish.

Adding Chicken to Soup

To save time, I love adding shredded rotisserie chicken towards the end of the cooking process. Not only does it add a ton of flavor but it turns this soup into a hearty, protein-packed entree. Serve it with a Greek salad and dinner is done. You can keep the chicken out and leave it vegetarian as well.

Homemade Avgolemono Soup

Recipe substitutions:

Orzo can be substituted for rice if you wish.

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Avgolemono Soup Recipe

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono)

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A traditional Greek soup, avgolemono is an egg-lemon soup packed with shredded chicken and white rice. Freezer-friendly and ready in under 30 minutes.
PREP: 5 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 25 minutes
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Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 6 cups chicken broth (low sodium)
  • ¾ cups uncooked white rice
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • ¼ cup lemon juice (about 1 lemon)
  • 2 eggs (whisked a small bowl)
  • 8 ounces cooked chicken breast (shredded – rotisserie works well)
  • thinly sliced scallions (optional garnish)

Instructions
 

  • In a large soup pot, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add rice, salt and pepper and simmer until rice is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove one cup of the broth from the pot and pour into a medium bowl. Add corn starch and whisk until dissolved. Pour in lemon juice and whisk once more.
  • To temper the eggs, slowly add the whisked eggs to the broth/cornstarch/lemon juice mixture. Whisk constantly so that the eggs gradually come to temperature. Continue until all of the eggs are fully incorporated.
  • Pour the warmed egg/broth mixture back into the large soup pot and stir until mixture begins to thicken, about 5 minutes.
  • Add shredded chicken breasts and cook until heated through. Check for seasoning and adjust accordingly. Serve with sliced scallions if you wish.

Nutrition

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 30.7gProtein: 24.8gFat: 4.4gSaturated Fat: 1.1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3.3gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 135mgSodium: 605mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1g

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78 responses to “Greek Lemon Chicken Soup (Avgolemono)”

  1. Philia (from sweetphi.com) Avatar
    Philia (from sweetphi.com)

    I absolutely love Greek food as well, and this soup is one of my favorite things in the world (not even joking lol), so I cannot wait to try this recipe!!! Thank you for posting a healthier version, it looks SOOOO good!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I’m so glad I’m not the only one who loves this soup!! I hope you enjoy!

  2. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg Avatar
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    I’ve never had avgolemeno, but I need to try. This sounds so good and just what’s needed during this deep freeze.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You would like it Norma!! I’m sure of it!

  3. Yasmeen | Wandering Spice Avatar
    Yasmeen | Wandering Spice

    I adore avgolemono but admittedly it’s a bit too heavy for me sometimes. I appreciate this lightened up version and am bookmarking it for a rainy day!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      This version is definitely not heavy – light, fresh and flavorful. I hope you enjoy it!

  4. Sheila Avatar
    Sheila

    This is one of my all time favorite soups! So comforting.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Perfect for a day like this!! xo

  5. eatgood4life.com Avatar
    eatgood4life.com

    You are going to Greece? I am so jealous, I truly love Greek food. Where exactly are you going? This soup looks superb. I need to start making more soups this winter, it is so cold here in NJ!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      NO!! I wish! I went to Greece in 2001. :) The good days!

  6. Cheri Avatar
    Cheri

    I love soup and this looks incredible. Made something similar to this before but did not add eggs. Will put this on my list!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Let me know what you think!

  7. Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent Avatar
    Laura @ Lauras Baking Talent

    I’ve never even heard of this kind of soup before. So going on the need to try list. Thanks for sharing :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You will LOVE it!!

  8. Gaby Avatar
    Gaby

    Pretty sure this is the most amazing comfort food that I have laid eyes on in sometime! I can’t wait to try it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I hope you like it Gaby!! So jealous lemons are actually a local food for you. :)

  9. Alyssa (Everyday Maven) Avatar
    Alyssa (Everyday Maven)

    I am with you Liz – I can never say no to greek food. Stay warm – it’s freaking cold everywhere right now!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Me neither!! It is seriously the best!! Thank you Alyssa!

  10. julia Avatar
    julia

    The next trip my husband and I take (which might not be for years!) is Greece! I love the food and have always wanted to go. One of my favorite restaurants in Chicago is a Greek restaurant called Mykanos–they have the most amazing Avgolemono soup ever! I am now craving it, thanks to you! ;) Can’t wait to try your version–love it!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Greece sounds pretty fabulous right about now!! I’ve never been to Mykanos but I want to try it! We usually go to Parthenon or Roditis. :)

  11. Laurie {Simply Scratch} Avatar
    Laurie {Simply Scratch}

    One of my favorite soups!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      So jealous you live so close to Greektown!!

  12. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain Avatar
    Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountain

    I’ve never had egg lemon soup before so clearly I am missing out! And by the way, we need to use Oopah more often…just sayin’.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Are you kidding me? Make this stat!! You’ll love it. OOPAH!

  13. Anja Avatar
    Anja

    That sounds delicious! I’ve never heard of avgolemono and I really want to try this! But I am a vegetarian, it possible to make this soup suitable for vegetarians? Do you have a suggestion for substituting the chicken breast?

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Absolutely!! In fact, chicken is not always added so just skip it! And instead of chicken broth use veggie broth. Let me know what you think!

  14. annie @ chase that i love Avatar
    annie @ chase that i love

    Oh my! So much to love about this. I love any excuse to eat lemons, I love winter soups, and I love that I can make this with most things I already have in the house….well subbing something else for the chicken.

    Sending up some Carolina warmth!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes with this snow I am all about “pantry recipes” using what we have on hand. I hope you try it Annie!

  15. Layla @ Brunch Time Baker Avatar
    Layla @ Brunch Time Baker

    This is a perfect recipe for the cold days we have been having! I’m a huge fan of Greek cuisine as well and will be adding this to my list!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I can’t seem to warm up these days either!! I hope you enjoy this!

  16. Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon Avatar
    Lisa @ Garnish with Lemon

    Perfect for these cold,cold days! Love the lemon in this :) Stay warm!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Lisa!! I knew you’d appreciate the lemon. ;-)

  17. Maria Avatar
    Maria

    Perfect for a cold day!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Hope you’re staying warm Maria!!

  18. Jeanette | Jeanette's Healthy Living Avatar
    Jeanette | Jeanette’s Healthy Living

    I love avgolemono so I’m so glad you came up with a lightened up version so I can make this at home!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You and me both!! I don’t know why I waited so long!

  19. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness Avatar
    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    I have always seen Avgolemono when I go out for Greek and have wondered what it was! Now that I see an ingredient break-down, this looks like my new favorite soup. Love the fact that you lightened it up but it still looks rich, creamy and deeeelish! Definitely pinning this one!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Yes!! Normally they are very rich and full of egg yolks and butter so I actually ended up enjoying this lighter version a bit more. I hope you enjoy it!!

    2. Brittany Avatar
      Brittany

      Hey my name is Brittany and I was going to make the lemon bowl I have the Greek style chicken soup broththat already has egg and a lemon and also Orzo in it is that ok to use in this recipe.

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        Yes absolutely!

        1. Brittany Avatar
          Brittany

          Thanks

  20. Ashley - baker by nature Avatar
    Ashley – baker by nature

    It’s been so cold here I’ve been dreaming in soup! This looks amazing, Liz!!! xo

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Cold is an understatement!! Stay warm friend!!

    2. mary Avatar
      mary

      excuse me, i’m not sure i’m finding the correct place to leave a comment on this recipe, but i was wondering if this could be made with wild rice also? Mary :)

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        Hi Mary – you found the right place!! You know I bet wild rice would be delicious but I would check the cook time on that!! Let me know how it turns out!

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