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Avgolemono Recipe – Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Chef Danielle Miele , On February 3, 2023

Avgolemono Is a Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe

How to Make Avgolemono Greek Chicken Soup at Home

This avgolemono recipe is a lemon greek soup that eats like a meal in under an hour, but of course! And definitely one that is not boring. Avgolemono is a luscious mixture of lemon and egg used in Greek cooking for sauces, on entrees, and in a classic soup preparation. The lemon egg mixture thickens the vegetable broth and provides a wonderful flavor enhancement to elevate a weeknight batch of chicken soup to the next level. This soup is also a perfect answer for someone who is not feeling well. Extra protein and vitamin C make it an ideal meal for someone who wants to nurture their immune system after a rough day.

Equipment Needed for this Avgolemono Soup Recipe:

  • Large saucepan

  • Small mixing bowl

  • Whisk

  • Spoon

Ingredients for this Greek Avgolemono Soup Recipe:

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Greek Avgolemono Soup Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 Chicken breast or chicken thigh

  • 6 Cups chicken broth or vegetable broth

  • 1/2 Cup white rice

  • 1 Carrot, cut into small dice

  • 1/2 Cup diced onion

  • 1/2 Cup lemon juice

  • 1 Egg

  • Salt and pepper

Instructions for this Greek Avgolemono Soup Recipe:

  1. Sauté the onions and carrots in 1 tbsp olive oil over medium heat until the onion is just wilted.

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    Sauté The Veggies Greek Avgolemono Soup Recipe In a Pot

  2. Pour half of the broth into the pan and add your chicken. Cook over medium low heat covered for 20 minutes to poach the chicken.

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    Add the Broth

  3. Remove the chicken from the pan and set aside to cool.

  4. Add the remainder of the broth to the pan and stir in the rice and 1 tablespoon of salt. Bring to a simmer and cook gently until the rice is cooked through.

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    Allow Avgolemono Soup to Boil

  5. Once the chicken has cooled off a bit, cut into small pieces or shred apart with your hands. Set aside.

  6. Warm your egg in a small bowl of warm water (Image 1). Discard the water, rinse out the bowl, and crack the egg into the bowl (Image 2). Add the lemon juice and stir to combine (Image 3).

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    Prepare Egg for the Avgolemono Soup Recipe

  7. Once the rice is cooked, lower the temperature and remove a half cup of liquid from your soup. Once cooled a bit, mix gradually into the egg and lemon mixture.Continue adding the reserved broth and stir completely, until the mixture is frothy and warm. Add immediately to the saucepan with the chicken and cook until the chicken is warmed through and the soup becomes velvety. Garnish this greek avgolemono lemon soup recipe with parsley and freshly cracked pepper.

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    Enjoy this Avgolemono Soup Recipe with a Lemon

How to Store this Avgolemono Soup Recipe

Since this avogolemono soup recipe has an ingredient (lemon) that is acidic and low on the ph scale it can be canned in glass mason jars and stored for up to a year! Just make sure your avogolemono soup is on the acidic side as this is requirement to can this greek lemon soups at home safely. Alternatively, you can store this in your refrigerator or freeze your soup for when it is ready for use.

Chef Danielle Miele

Chef Miele started in the industry as a chef's assistant back in the early 1990s at a New England style seafood shack. After several stints in the industry she earned a formal chef's degree with honors from Le Cordon Bleu. When she is not cooking for her husband and teenage son, she enjoys researching techniques and ingredients from different cultures, with a focus on enhanced flavor and nutrition.