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This is the traditional recipe made in Greek kitchens. The basic Avgolemono (broth and lemon) can be varied for other similar Greek recipes. Serve with bread. Bread bits can be dipped into the soup. The soup will last in the fridge for a number of days or can be frozen. To reheat, place in microwave or heat on the stove.

Recipe Summary

15 mins
1 hr 10 mins
1 hr 25 mins
6 servings


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Rinse chicken and remove any organs that may be inside. Place in a pot large enough for it to move around, but not too big or the broth will be watery. Add the chicken neck if that is included with your chicken.

  • Fill the pot with enough water to cover by about 1 inch. Cover and bring to a boil. When it boils, reduce heat to low and simmer for 45 minutes to 1 hour, skimming the fat from the top as it collects. The meat should pull from the bones easily.

  • Transfer the chicken to a large bowl and set aside to cool.

  • Add rice to the broth and season with salt and pepper. Simmer over low heat until rice is tender, about 20 minutes.

  • While the rice is cooking, whisk eggs and lemon juice together in a bowl. Remove chicken meat from the bones.

  • When rice is finished, turn off the heat. Whisk one ladle full of hot broth into the eggs slowly so the eggs do not curdle. Gradually whisk in more broth until the egg mixture is heated. Pour the hot egg mixture back into the pot, whisking briskly. The result should be a creamy, cloudy-looking soup. Season with salt, pepper, or lemon juice as needed.

  • Add pieces of chicken to the soup before serving or serve soup with salted chicken on the side.

Cook's Note:

The soup should be filling, salty, and slightly sour, so I use 2 juicy lemons—although the flavor may be too sour for non-Greeks. Grocery store lemons tend to not be as juicy as organic lemons or lemons from a Hispanic/Mexican grocery store.

Nutrition Facts

321 calories; protein 25.6g; carbohydrates 16.4g; fat 17.4g; cholesterol 154.5mg; sodium 93.7mg. Full Nutrition