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Avgolemono gets its thick consistency from eggs; they're tempered by hot chicken broth and whisked into the soup just before serving. Shredded chicken breast makes this soup filling yet healthy.

  • Servings: 4

Photography: James Baigrie

Source: Martha Stewart Living, April 2005


  • 5 cups homemade or low-sodium store-bought chicken broth
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breast (1 small whole breast or 1 large half breast), trimmed of fat
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, (about 2 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill sprigs
  • Freshly ground pepper


  1. Bring broth to a simmer in a 4-quart pot over high heat; add chicken. Reduce heat; simmer gently until chicken is cooked through, about 15 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer chicken to a bowl. Reserve broth in pot. Let chicken cool slightly, and then shred with a fork into bite-size pieces.

  2. Bring a medium saucepan of water to a boil. Add orzo; cook until al dente. Drain. Add orzo and chicken to reserved broth. Bring broth just to a gentle simmer, and then reduce heat to low.

  3. Beat together eggs and lemon juice in a medium bowl until smooth. Ladle 1 cup hot broth into egg-lemon mixture, whisking constantly until mixture is warm to the touch. Stir the egg-broth mixture into the broth in the pot. Stir in the dill, and season with pepper.

Cook's Note

After the eggs have been added, be sure not to let the soup come to a simmer or the eggs will curdle.

Reviews (3)

  • AndreaDwyer 29 Jan, 2012

    Here is another chicken lemon soup recipe that I combined ideas with when I made my version: : )

  • AndreaDwyer 29 Jan, 2012

    just made this tonight, and it was very good, with some additions. I used leftover roasted chicken instead of cooking up fresh chicken breasts. Also sauteed 1 sweet onion in olive oil, then added 1 sliced carrot, 1/3 cup white wine, and 6 cups broth. I combined the egg and lemon in the food processor, then ladled off 1 cup of the broth and slowly poured it into the egg-lemon mixture with the processor running. Added baby spinach, 2 tsp fresh thyme, and 3 Tbsp fresh parsley, finely chopped.

  • mblock2 10 Mar, 2008

    This was actually really great. The lemon really gave a nice kick to the broth, and such a healthy addition. I used rice instead of orzo which also worked nicely.

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