Kotosoupa Avgolemono - The Greeks Do Chicken Soup With Lemon

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"Found @ realsimpledotcom & they were brief when they shared this Greek classic recipe .. "A zesty Greek take on egg drop soup" & "This is the traditional recipe made in Greek kitchens. Serve w/bread so bits of it can be dipped into the soup". Entered here at Zazz for play in Culinary Quest #3, I can't stop myself from thinking of this quick, easy-fix & warming soup in titles like GREEK COMFORT FOOD or GREEK PENICILLIN (to borrow the concept from our NYC Quest destination). Times were given & I adjusted them to be more realistic. ENJOY!"

Original recipe yields 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (533 g)
  • Calories 255.1
  • Total Fat - 5.6 g
  • Saturated Fat - 1.4 g
  • Cholesterol - 240.2 mg
  • Sodium - 1475.2 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 33.8 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 2.8 g
  • Sugars - 2.7 g
  • Protein - 18.8 g
  • Calcium - 58.5 mg
  • Iron - 3.2 mg
  • Vitamin C - 38 mg
  • Thiamin - 0.2 mg

Step 1

Put the broth & rice in a lrg saucepan & bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover & cook for 15 min or until the rice is cooked. Add the shredded chicken, remove the soup from heat, cover & set aside.

Step 2

Whisk the eggs & lemon juice in a med bowl until frothy. Slowly add about 1 cup hot chicken broth to the lemon & eggs, whisking continually. Then slowly stir the warmed eggs into the soup.

TO SERVE: Ladle the soup into bowls. Serve immediately w/a slice of lemon resting on the soup surface. Me? I'd also want some crusty bread as mentioned in the Intro.

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We really enjoyed this different and tasty soup...it made a quick lunch...loved the lemon flavor...made for "Best of 2019 per Linky's recommendation...

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(3 Feb 2020)


Very tasty and easy. Used leftover chicken breast meat and leftover rice so even easier. Love the eggs' silky texture and the subtle lemon.

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(2 Feb 2020)


This was so easy! I had a recipe long time ago that required 6 egg yolks which was kind of a pain - this was so much easier! And super tasty, too!

review by:
(1 Dec 2019)


Easy and delicious and better than the last one I had at a Greek restuarant.

review by:
(29 Oct 2017)

Daily Inspiration

Delicious soup -- loved the flavor from the lemon. Easy to make and it will go well with our pita sandwich. : )

(25 Aug 2016)

Lynn (diner524)

This turned out just like the soup at all our many local Greek Restaurants, actually better I think!! So good!! I did make my own broth by cooking some onions, garlic, carrots, celery along with a whole small chicken. I used arborio rice. Served it with some pita triangles and a Greek Salad. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made for Quest 2016.

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(22 Aug 2016)