This is a very simple soup to try this winter. Traditional Greek avgolemono soup is a bowl of comfort food with a rich creamy broth and tender chunks of chicken. This soup contains no cream but has a creamy texture with the combination of eggs and lemon. You will love the tangy lemon flavor in this soup. |
5 from 8 votes

Traditional Greek Avgolemono Soup

A creamy, tangy and delicious recipe. Traditional Greek avgolemono soup is perfect on a cold day/night. Serve with crusty bread.

Course Main dish
Cuisine Greek
Keyword authentic, egg, homemade, lemon, noodles, pasta, soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: Change to adjust-> 6 people
Calories 186 kcal


  • 6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup orzo
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 2 lemons juiced
  • 2 Tbsp parsley chopped
  • 6 oz chicken breast shredded
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 carrot chopped
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 1 dash nutmeg


To prepare chicken

  1. In a braising pan place chicken, bay leaf, carrot, onion, and peppercorns. Cover and cook on medium heat until done.

  2. Remove from pan, place on a cutting board, and allow it to cook slightly. Discard the solids. 

  3. Shred chicken into medium size pieces.

To prepare broth

  1. In a saucepan, bring chicken stock to a boil. Remove 1 cup before you add in the orzo. Add the orzo and cook for about 8 minutes, then turn off heat. 

  2. While the orzo is cooking beat eggs in a large bowl, and slowly add in the lemon juice. Continue beating until frothy.

  3. Slowly add the reserved cup of broth to the egg mixture while whisking. 

  4. Pour egg and broth mixture back into the broth that is in the pot slowly, whisking as you go along. Add in the nutmeg. When all the egg mixture has been added, toss in the shredded chicken. Sprinkle in the parsley and stir.

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Nutrition Facts
Traditional Greek Avgolemono Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 186 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 79mg26%
Sodium 406mg18%
Potassium 507mg14%
Carbohydrates 19g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 15g30%
Vitamin A 1895IU38%
Vitamin C 23.5mg28%
Calcium 34mg3%
Iron 1.3mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.