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A Taste of Greece: Avgolemono Chicken Soup

Avgolemono — Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Avgolemono is a classic Greek soup made with chicken, rice, and a creamy lemon sauce. It is a comforting and flavorful dish that is perfect for a cold winter night. The combination of the lemon and chicken creates a unique and delicious flavor that is sure to please.


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, shredded
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery and cook until softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the oregano, thyme, and bay leaf and cook for 1 minute more.
  3. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken and rice and simmer for 15 minutes more.
  5. In a medium bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and eggs until combined. Slowly whisk in 1 cup of the hot broth from the pot.
  6. Slowly pour the egg mixture into the pot, stirring constantly. Simmer for 5 minutes more.
  7. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve garnished with fresh parsley.

Nutritional Information:

  • Calories: 250
  • Total Fat: 8g
  • Saturated Fat: 2g
  • Cholesterol: 95mg
  • Sodium: 890mg
  • Carbohydrates: 24g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Protein: 17g

Additional Tips and Variations:

For a vegetarian version of this soup, substitute vegetable broth for the chicken broth and omit the chicken. You can also add other vegetables such as potatoes, zucchini, or spinach. For a creamier soup, add 1/4 cup of heavy cream or half-and-half to the soup before adding the egg mixture.

Avgolemono is a classic Greek soup that is easy to make and full of flavor. The combination of chicken, rice, and a creamy lemon sauce creates a comforting and delicious dish that is perfect for a cold winter night.