Chicken Avgolemono Soup: A Greek Lemon Delight


Experience the comforting embrace of Chicken Avgolemono Soup, a classic Greek soup that perfectly balances the zestiness of lemon with the richness of chicken broth. This soup features tender chicken, creamy egg-lemon mixture, and orzo, culminating in a soothing yet invigorating dish. It's not just a soup; it's a hug in a bowl, ideal for cozy nights or as a heartwarming starter.

Chicken Avgolemono Soup: A Greek Lemon Delight

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: Approximately 1.5 cups

Nutritional Profile (Per Serving)

  • Calories: 220 kcal
  • Protein: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fat: 8g
  • Cholesterol: 110mg
  • Sodium: 570mg
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sugars: 2g


  • Chicken breast, cooked and shredded: 300g (10.6 oz)
  • Chicken broth: 1.5 liters (51 oz)
  • Orzo pasta: 100g (3.5 oz)
  • Eggs: 2
  • Lemons, juiced: 2
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Detailed Method of Preparation

  1. Cook Orzo: In a pot, bring chicken broth to a boil. Add orzo and cook until al dente.
  2. Prepare Egg-Lemon Mixture: In a bowl, whisk together the eggs and lemon juice until smooth.
  3. Temper the Mixture: Slowly add a ladle of hot broth to the egg-lemon mixture while whisking continuously to temper the eggs.
  4. Combine: Reduce the heat of the soup to low. Slowly stir in the egg-lemon mixture into the pot. Add the shredded chicken.
  5. Simmer: Let the soup simmer for a few minutes until it thickens slightly, but do not let it boil.
  6. Season and Serve: Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Tempering the Eggs: This step is crucial to prevent the eggs from curdling.
  • Avoid Boiling: Keep the soup on low heat to ensure the eggs stay smooth and creamy.
  • Lemon Adjustment: Adjust the amount of lemon juice according to your taste preference.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use a different type of pasta?

Yes, rice or small pasta shapes like ditalini can be used as substitutes for orzo.

How can I make this soup vegetarian?

Use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth and omit the chicken.

What if the soup curdles?

If the soup curdles, blend it with an immersion blender for a smooth texture.

Can I store and reheat this soup?

Store in the refrigerator and reheat gently, but it's best enjoyed fresh.