Avgolemono Soup – Greek Egg Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice Recipe

Avgolemono Soup

When life gives you lemons, make Avgolemono Soup!

Avgolemono Soup is the most famous of all the Greek soups. Every time I wasn’t feeling well when I was younger my yiayia would make me a giant pot. ⁣⁣Luckily, now my husband knows how to make it and will make it for me when I’m feeling less than 100 percent.

I love making this soup for my Los Angeles personal chef clients. It’s so hearty and satisfying. It’s probably one of my most favorite Greek recipes to make next to Spanakopita.
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You can make Avgolemono Soup in a number of different ways, and every family has their signature recipe. Most know it as a chicken soup with a beautiful egg-lemon sauce folded into it. Avgolemono is the Greek word for the egg-lemon sauce. Some recipes include chicken in the actual soup, some don’t. Just like some recipes include vegetables like carrots, celery and onion, and a starch like orzo pasta or rice. I love the Agrozimi Spelt Orzo available from Zelos Authentic Greek Artisan. Like I said, it’s up to you to make it to your taste. There is no right or wrong way. It’s fun to experiment with all the options too!

Try this easy recipe

This recipe is hearty and packed with protein. I love using succulent chicken thighs instead of traditional shredded chicken breasts, which tend to dry out and get chewy in the soup.⁣ If you’re playing the long game, you can start by making your chicken broth from scratch, slowly simmering a whole chicken with aromatics for hours, and using the chicken from that in the soup; then adding the avgolemono sauce like I do here.⁣ This is how my yiayia used to do it and the payoff is worth it.

Working with the avgolemono sauce

The most important aspect of making the soup is not curdling the avgolemono sauce when you add it back into the soup. Achieve this by slowly tempering your broth into the blender with your eggs and lemon. Then take your soup off the heat, give it a few stirs to bring down the temperature and fold the sauce in while you’re rapidly stirring.

This recipe calls for flour in the avgolemono sauce. This helps thicken the sauce/soup. You don’t need to use it or you can substitute some corn starch whisked in a bit of water for it.

Add more lemon to taste. I also like my avgolemono with a lot of cracked black pepper and some chopped fresh dill.

Avgolemono Soup Step-By-Step

 

How to Avgolemono Soup — Egg-Lemon Soup with Chicken by xtinaxenos on Jumprope.


 

Avgolemono Soup - Greek Egg Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice Recipe

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avgolemono soup recipe
Christina Xenos
Category
Entree, Soup
Cuisine
Greek
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
30 minutes

Avgolemono Soup traditionally is a chicken soup with a  beautiful egg-lemon sauce folded into it. You can make Avgolemono Soup in a number of different ways, and every family has their signature recipe. Here is mine.

Servings: 4 servings
Serving Size: 1 Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken thighs, cubed
  • 2 quarts chicken broth
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper (more for garnish)
  • 1/2 cup rice (long or short grain) or orzo
  • 1 tablespoon flour

Instructions

  1. Season chicken with 1 teaspoon each of salt and pepper
  2. In a large pot over medium high heat, brown chicken in olive oil for 5 to 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in rice and chicken broth.
  4. Bring to a boil and then turn down the heat to low/simmer and let the soup simmer for 20 minutes.
  5. While soup is simmering, blend eggs in a blender or with a hand mixer (or whisk by hand) until they are light and frothy.
  6. While the blender is still running, add in the lemon juice and flour. Then temper in the egg mixture by slowly adding 1 cup of the hot broth to the blender.
  7. Take the soup off the heat, and slowly fold in the egg-lemon sauce. Adjust seasonings (salt, pepper, lemon) to your taste and serve.

Notes

The most important aspect of making the soup is not curdling the avgolemono sauce when you add it back into the soup. Achieve this by slowly tempering your broth into the blender with your eggs and lemon. Then take your soup off the heat, give it a few stirs to bring down the temperature and fold the sauce in while you're rapidly stirring.

This recipe calls for flour in the avgolemono sauce. This helps thicken the sauce/soup. You don't need to use it or you can substitute some corn starch whisked in a bit of water for it.

Nutrition Facts

Avgolemono Soup - Greek Egg Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice Recipe

Serves 1 Bowl

Amount Per Serving
Calories 416
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 19g 29.2%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 443mg 147.7%
Sodium 1917mg 79.9%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 3.3%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 51g
Vitamin A NA Vitamin C 4mg
Calcium 68mg Iron 3mg

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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