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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe

I recommend the Greek lemon chicken soup recipe on cooler days, made in my style, as I did at home in Transylvania. For us, but also throughout Romania, this Greek soup (Avgolemono) is trendy and loved. It is present in the menu of all restaurants but with different modifications within the recipe.

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The only significant difference between the original and our recipe is that I only use egg yolk and sour cream when thickening the soup. But there are some tricks I will show you along the way.

Starting With Ingredients

Because we use chicken in this recipe, I buy a whole chicken. I also recommend using chicken with bones; you get a much tastier soup.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Whole Chicken

We also need one onion, three carrots, two parsley roots, and a quarter of celery root. In our kitchen, these are the primary vegetables for soups.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Carrots, Onion, Celery Root and Parsley Root

We still need a cup of rice, I used long grain rice.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-One Cup of Washed Rice

And at the end, we will make a thickening of sour cream, two egg yolks and lemon juice from a lemon.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Sour Cream and Egg Yolks

Preparing the Ingredients

For starting, take the chicken and cut it into pieces. For the soup to taste more pleasant, I used all the bones and skin of the chicken in the recipe.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Portioned Chicken

Chop the onion, the carrots and the parsley root cut into small cubes. Anyone who does not want to keep the onion on the plate can leave it whole or cut it in half, then remove it.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Chopped Onion and Small Cut Carrots and Parsley Root

The celery root I only cut in two, and one carrot I keep for later.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Carrot and Celery Root Cut in Two

The preserved carrot I will grate on the small grater.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Grated Carrots

Let’s Start the Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe

Take a soup pot in which put the pieces of chicken and pour about 4 litres of cold water. Add a tablespoon of sea salt, a teaspoon of peppercorns and two bay leaves and bring to a boil over medium heat.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Boiling Chicken Meat With Salt, Peppercorns and Bay Leaves

When it starts to boil, reduce the heat to a minimum and simmer for about half an hour. With a slotted spoon, take the foam from the top of the soup to be clean and also add the celery root.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Boiling Chicken With Celery Root

After the meat has boiled, remove it to a bowl and let sit aside to cool slightly.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Boiled Chicken Meat in a Bowl

Add the chopped vegetables to the soup until the meat cools and boil on medium heat for about 15 minutes. After 5 minutes, you can put the washed rice in the soup to boil.

Here, some first fry the vegetables in oil, but I chose to put them raw in the soup.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Boiling Chopped Vegetable

Until the vegetables are boiling, prepare the grated carrot. For this, I heat in a pan four tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, put the carrots and fry them slightly until softened, continuously stirring not to burn.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Frying Grated Carrots

After cooling the boiled chicken pieces, debone them and cut the meat into pieces.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Boiled Chicken Meat Cut in to Pieces

Check the soup, and when the rice is soft and cooked, you can put the meat back in the pot.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Boiled Rice in the Soup

You can also add now the fried carrot and simmer more five minutes.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Fried Grated Carrot in Soup

Thickening the Soup

For this, mix the two egg yolks with sour cream until you get a creamy paste. You can now incorporate the juice from a lemon into the thickening or put it directly in the soup.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Mixed Egg Yolk and Sour Cream, With Lemon Juice

Now follows an essential part of the recipe. You have to thin the thickening by adding hot soup, which will increase the temperature of the thickening. It is crucial to increase the thickening temperature to the soup’s temperature, not to be cheese when you add it to the soup.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Thinning the Thickening With Hot Soup

I put about 3-4 ladles of hot soup, and then I poured everything into the soup pot, mixing slightly.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Pour Thickener in the Soup

Add a tablespoon of minced parsley and with that my Greek lemon chicken soup recipe is ready to serve.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Ready to Serve

Serving the Greek Soup

We like to serve the soup hot, with more lemon juice and hot chilli pepper.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Served With More Lemon Juice and Hot Pepper

If you liked this Greek lemon chicken soup recipe, I recommend you try other soup recipes like:

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Served in Bowl

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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-Served in Bowl

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe-In Timea’s Kitchen Magic Style

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On cooler days I recommend the Greek lemon chicken soup recipe, made in my style, as I did at home in Transylvania. For us, but also throughout Romania, this Greek soup is very popular and loved. It is present in the menu of all restaurants, but with different modifications within the recipe.
5 from 5 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 55 mins
Total Time 1 hr 10 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Greek
Servings 8 portions
Calories 380 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1.3 kg whole chicken
  • 4 pieces carrots
  • 2 pieces parsley root
  • ¼ pieces celery root
  • 1 piece onion
  • 150 g long grain rice
  • 2 pieces egg yolks
  • 300 ml sour cream
  • 1 piece lemon juice
  • 2 pieces bay leaves
  • 1 tbsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp peppercorns
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley
  • 4 tbsp olive oil

Instructions
 

  • Take a soup pot in which we put the pieces of chicken meat and over which we pour about 4 litres of cold water. Add a tablespoon of sea salt, a teaspoon of peppercorns and two bay leaves and bring to a boil over medium heat.
  • When it starts to boil, reduce the heat to a minimum and simmer for about half an hour. With a slotted spoon, take the foam produced for the soup to be clean. When the soup starts to boil, you can also add celery roots.
  • After the meat has boiled, remove it in a bowl and set aside to cool slightly. Until the chicken pieces cool, add the chopped vegetables to the soup and simmer on medium heat for about 15 minutes. After 5 minutes, put the washed rice in the soup to boil.
  • Until the vegetables are boiling, prepare the grated carrot. For this, heat in a pan four tablespoons of olive oil. When the oil is hot, add the grated carrots and fry them slightly until softened, continuously stirring not to burn.
  • After the boiled chicken pieces have cooled, you can debone them and cut the meat into pieces. Check the soup, and if the rice is soft and cooked, you can put the chicken back in the pot and the fried carrot and simmer more five minutes.
  • Mix the two egg yolks with sour cream until we get a creamy paste. You have to thin the thickening by adding hot soup, which will increase the temperature of the thickening. Put about 3-4 ladles of hot soup, then pour all in the soup, mixing slightly.
  • Add a tablespoon of minced parsley and with that my Greek lemon chicken soup recipe is ready to serve.

Nutrition

Serving: 1gramsCalories: 380kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 17gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 959mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2g
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JoAnn Carlo

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

Can I use Orzo instead of rice?

Laci

Wednesday 3rd of November 2021

I have not tried but I have seen recipes with orzo, care must be taken with the cooking time, it will be added later

Amy

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Do you put the rice in cooked or uncooked?

Laci

Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Hi Emy, it's uncooked, and after the rice is done we can finish the soup.

Ghulam Mohyudin

Thursday 26th of March 2020

It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

Laci

Thursday 26th of March 2020

Thanks a lot for appreciation!

Ghulam Mohyudin

Thursday 26th of March 2020

It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

Ghulam Mohyudin

Thursday 26th of March 2020

It was perfect the first time. I learn so much from you as well! Keep it up great post.

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