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Cozy Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup

5 from 5 votes
Nicole Modic
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 45 mins
SERVES 6 Servings
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My Cozy Lemon Chicken & Rice Soup is a warm and cozy concoction filled with tender chicken, soft rice, and zesty lemon. This hearty soup is inspired by my late grandmother Peris' traditional egg-lemon soup recipe, and it also tastes a lot like the avgolemono soup from one of my favorite San Francisco restaurants, Souvla. It's truly a hug in a cup (or bowl!).



For the Soup:

  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 4 cloves garlic mashed
  • 1 1/2 cups arborio rice uncooked
  • 8 cups chicken broth or bone broth
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice + zest of 2 lemons
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 3/4 pound cooked boneless, skinless, chicken breast shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

For Garnishing:

  • chopped parsley
  • Aleppo pepper
  • fresh or dry dill


  • Start by adding the olive oil to a large pot, on the stove, over medium heat.
  • Once the pot is hot, add in the diced onions. Sauté them for about 6-7 minutes, until the onions begin to turn translucent. Then, add in the mashed garlic and sauté for another 2 minutes.
  • Next, add in the rice, broth, thyme, and oregano, and reduce the heat to low. Cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
  • In a separate large bowl, whisk together the eggs, egg yolks, lemon zest, and lemon juice until fully incorporated. Set aside.
  • Now, ladle about 1 3/4 cups of the soup into the bowl with the egg mixture, and VERY SLOWLY, a few tablespoons at a time. Be sure to constantly whisk the mixture so that the eggs don't curdle - this is extremely important.
  • After that, add the mixture to a blender and blend until nice and smooth. Then, pour the mixture back into the pot with the rest of the soup.
  • Add the shredded chicken and salt and pepper to taste.
  • Garnish with parsley, dill, and Aleppo pepper (optional).
  • Eat and enjoy!

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