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Greek Lemon Rooster Soup Recipe – Run Quick. Eat Sluggish.

By Natalie Bickford, MS

Natalie is a nutritionist and private chef in Bend, OR who makes a speciality of girls’s well being and sports activities vitamin. She loves creating easy, nourishing meals and recipes to gas your life. Be a part of Natalie’s Cooking Membership for weekly menus, grocery lists, movies, and meal prep suggestions! Now onto the recipe…

This creamy, brilliant, lemony soup will blow your thoughts with its simplicity and deliciousness!

Also referred to as Avgolemono, this conventional Greek soup is a enjoyable twist on a basic rooster and rice soup. It has a secret ingredient that makes it additional luscious — eggs! No dairy, simply eggs to create a creamy, velvety consistency. The soup is topped with a beneficiant quantity of recent dill for a herbaceous punch and black pepper for a lil kick. A drizzle of olive oil rounds it out!

Ingredient spotlight!

Eggs! These little rays of sunshine are a fantastic supply of vitamin Ok and B nutritional vitamins. They’re additionally excessive in selenium, vitamin D, and choline (an essential nutrient for mind well being). Whereas the egg whites are excessive in protein, all of these essential micronutrients come from the golden yolks!

Make sure you purchase pasture-raised eggs! The quantity of wholesome omega-3 fat discovered within the yolks and different vitamins is determined by what these chickens had been consuming! A real signal of a well-fed rooster is a golden yolk. My favourite store-bought manufacturers are Very important Farms and Comfortable Egg.

VIDEO: How-to make Greek Lemon Rooster Soup

Greek Lemon Rooster Soup

Serves: 4 (makes about 9 cups)
Prep time: 5 minutes
Prepare dinner time: half-hour


1 tbsp olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
3 tsp kosher salt, divided
½ tsp black pepper
¾ cup quick grain brown rice and/or quinoa*
1 bay leaf (optionally available)
1.5 lb bone-in skin-on rooster thighs (skins eliminated)**
2 qt (8 cups) water
4 cups loosely packed spinach or 2 cups frozen (optionally available)
4 eggs (2 entire eggs + 2 egg yolks)
¼ cup lemon juice (about 2 lemons)
1 cup recent dill, chopped***
Olive oil, for drizzling

*I love to do a mixture of rice and quinoa, however you’ll be able to decide one or the opposite

**It’s tremendous straightforward to take away the skins from rooster thighs, they peel off simply. You possibly can substitute with 1 lb boneless skinless thighs, however the bone-in thighs add a variety of taste to the broth.

***Dill goes greatest with this soup, however you possibly can additionally prime with parsley or inexperienced scallions.


In a big pot over medium warmth, heat the olive oil. Add onion, ½ teaspoon salt, and black pepper and prepare dinner till softened, about 5 minutes.

Stir within the rice and/or quinoa, bay leaf (if utilizing), rooster, water, and a pair of teaspoons salt. Convey to a boil, then scale back the warmth to medium-low to keep up a speedy simmer/low boil for 25 minutes uncovered. We wish the liquid to cut back and taste from the rooster bones to infuse the broth. If utilizing brown rice, remember to style and ensure it’s cooked by way of.

Flip the warmth off, take away the bay leaf (if utilizing) and switch the rooster to a reducing board. Use two forks to shred the rooster. Return the rooster to the pot together with the spinach (if utilizing). Flip the warmth to medium low and simmer till the spinach wilts, about 2 minutes. 

In a medium bowl, whisk collectively the two entire eggs, 2 egg yolks, and lemon juice till clean. VERY slowly pour in a scant 2 cups of the new broth whereas whisking always (it’s okay you probably have some bits of meals within the broth!).

Stir the lemony egg liquid again into the soup. Simmer it gently for a few minutes. It should develop into creamy — MAGIC! Style and add remaining ½ teaspoon extra salt in case you suppose it wants it (the acidic broth actually wants salt to steadiness it out!).

Serve topped with a number of recent dill, a drizzle of olive oil and many black pepper.



  • To make vegetarian, skip the rooster and substitute with cubed tofu or 2 (15 oz) cans of drained beans (white beans or chickpea will work). Additionally suggest utilizing vegetable broth rather than water so as to add extra taste.
  • To make vegan, observe directions for vegetarian above, but in addition use 6 cups (as an alternative of 8) vegetable broth rather than water. On the finish, stir in a can of coconut milk (as an alternative of eggs) and a pair of tbsp lemon juice.


  • Chop 1 yellow onion.
  • Take away pores and skin from rooster thighs (if utilizing bone-in, pores and skin on).
  • You can also make this soup forward! See “leftovers” part for recommendations on reheating.


  • Retailer leftovers in an hermetic container within the fridge for as much as 5 days.


  • This soup will get thick because it sits within the fridge. Heat it up on the range or within the microwave, including some water to skinny it out if wanted. 
  • Serve topped with a number of herbs, black pepper, and olive oil.


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