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Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)

Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)

Waking up to the sound of rain on the window makes mornings that much harder. I think I see a 150% increase in the number of times I hit the snooze button if it’s raining outside. On the other hand, when it’s snowing, I jump up to look outside my window at the peaceful white blanket on the world. Navigating the sidewalks outside has been a nightmare the last few days. First snow, then a thick layer of ice, then 1-2 inches of water on top of the ice layer. On my long walk home from campus, all I could think about was a bowl of soup. One that wouldn’t take too long, but would leave me satisfied through a long Sunday night of homework.

This Greek lemon-egg soup brings all of the comfort of a rich and creamy winter soup with a bright pop of lemony sunshine that reminds me of warmer days! It starts off as a simple chicken soup… you know, carrots, celery, onion, chicken, rice and broth. All the good stuff that makes your kitchen smell wonderful. Then, adding the lemon-egg mixture at the end suddenly transforms the soup into this luscious, silky broth packed with flavor. I thought half a lemon would never be enough to flavor the entire pot, so I could hardly believe the flavor of that first bite. I still couldn’t get over it after the third bowl.

I added some extra veggies, which may deviate from the traditional greek lemon-egg soup recipe, but I was looking to pump up the nutritional value of the dish. You could certainly make the dish without, but I think that they add a more complex flavor profile to the chicken broth. Also, this recipe could be easily doubled to serve 4 (or to put some in the fridge for leftovers). Kali orexi! (That’s bon apetit in Greek.)

Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)

Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)

Serves: 2 (easily doubled)

Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)


1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 onion, finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 carrot, finely diced
1 small cooked chicken breast, shredded
1/2 cup cooked rice
3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 tsp, dried thyme
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 large egg
chopped fresh parsley, for garnish


In a medium pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and celery and cook for about 5 minutes, until onion is soft. Add carrot, cooked chicken, cooked rice, chicken broth, and thyme. Bring to a boil, cover, and reduce to a simmer for about 10 minutes, until the carrots are soft. In a small bowl, whisk together the lemon juice and egg. When the soup is done, add about 1 cup of the soup to the lemon and egg mixture, stir, and then slowly add the egg mixture back into the pot of soup. Reheat for about 1 minute. Garnish with chopped parsley and enjoy!


Adapted from: Real Simple


4 Thoughts on “Avgolemono (Greek Lemon-Egg Soup)

  1. I am intruigued by this… I don’t think I’ve had anything quite like this before :o) Thanks for linking up to Tasteful Tuesdays at Nap-Time Creations. I have a new button that I would LOVE for you to put somewhere on your blog if you get a chance… oh and I am hosting a week of giveaways in honor of my blog birthday. A new one up every day. http://www.nap-timecreations.com/2013/02/blog-birthday-week-custom-fabric-abc.html

  2. I cannot wait to make this soup!

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