Avgolemono Soup, the ultimate comfort food recipe

Avgolemono Soup (or Greek lemon egg chicken soup), the ultimate comfort food recipe for any time of year. via jojotastic.com

How are you guys today? I’m still quite shellshocked and very upset over what unfolded in Las Vegas. To be honest, I’m at a complete loss and struggling to find ways to self-soothe. I had initially planned to share this recipe later in the month, but yesterday I felt the need to make a batch of this soup because it is the ultimate comfort food. My (very) Greek grandmother made Avgolemono Soup for me as a kid, to the point where when I’m sick now I crave it more than any other remedy. To me, this soup is the ultimate definition of comfort food so I wanted to share it with you guys as we try to make sense of this terrible news.

Avgolemono Soup (or Greek lemon egg chicken soup), the ultimate comfort food recipe for any time of year. via jojotastic.com

I don’t have an exact recipe for Yia yia’s Avgolemono Soup because, to her, it’s like second nature. I remember watching her put a little bit of this, a little bit of that into a pot and then in an hour or so, the most delicious, comforting soup imaginable would be put in front of me. She still makes it every time I go back to the east coast to visit! A few years ago, she gave me the pot and the wooden spoon she uses to make the soup, so I always use those pieces when I make this recipe. They feel like family heirlooms and are essential to the flavor of the recipe.

Avgolemono Soup 

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts chicken stock
  • 3 lbs. chicken breasts and/or thighs (skin removed)
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 1 1/2 cup carrots, shredded
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 5 eggs
  • the juice of 5 lemons
  • salt & pepper to taste

Directions

Wash the chicken and set aside. Prepare veggies by chopping them and shredding the carrots. In a large soup pot, combine chicken stock, chicken, onion, celery, and carrots. Add salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Lower the heat and cover, simmering for about 45 minutes. Turn off the heat and remove the chicken with tongs. If you used chicken with bones, debone and then shred the meat. Put the chicken back into the pot and bring back to a boil, adding the orzo. Simmer for about 20 minutes. In the meantime, whisk the eggs in a medium-sized bowl. Slowly whisk in the lemon juice until the mixture is frothy, then add 3 cups of the hot soup broth 1 cup at a time to the egg mixture while whisking. Whisking during this entire step is essential because it will prevent the egg from curdling. Once all combined, pour the egg mixture into the soup pot and stir well.

Serve with a side of saltine crackers like my Yia yia or some crusty bread (if you’re local to Seattle, definitely check out Chess Bakery delivery for the best fresh bread I’ve everrrr tasted).

My grandmother makes her version of this recipe with a whole chicken, but I usually don’t have that on hand. If you do use a whole chicken, be sure to skim the fat off the top as it boils.

Avgolemono Soup (or Greek lemon egg chicken soup), the ultimate comfort food recipe for any time of year. via jojotastic.com

The simple action of sitting at our dining table and eating this lemony, starchy soup helped me to feel more grounded yesterday. I hope this recipes helps to soothe your soul just a little bit, too.

Photography & styling by Jojotastic, recipe adapted from my grandma’s notes. Get more recipes here!

  • Gretchen

    I just made it and it is delicious! I will be making this again. Thanks for sharing!

    • I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for sharing :)

  • Nichol Hibbard

    I teared up at the part about your grandma giving you the pot and spoon she made it in. What treasures!

    • aww! they really are treasures :)

  • Christina Makri

    I follow you couple of years but I had not realize that you have Greek roots. I’m so glad for this! Avgolemono soup is my favorite also and I have so warm feelings when I eat it. My English are not very good and I do not know if you can understand what I’m saying!

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    • ya! so happy to hear from you :) I should talk about being half Greek more, huh? thank you so much for commenting. filakia.

  • Jessica

    Going to make this tonight to try to soothe my soul…. Thank you for always using your voice and for keeping it real. I respect you and love reading your posts (as well as telling you what good tv shows to watch and videos of your pets). I hope the soup and pet snuggles helped heal your heart a bit too.

    • Thank you so much for the kind words and encouragement, it really does mean a lot to me. I find it hard to share my thoughts at times, especially if they can veer toward the political side of things, but hearing from amazing readers like you really encourages me to stay true to what i believe in and use my platform to share. i hope you enjoy the recipe and that it helps to soothe you just as much as it helped me. xo

  • hithaonthego

    I’m here for all of this – the shock and outrage, the need to take a moment for ourselves, and for this soup.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe, as well as using your platform to speak out against hatred and senseless death.
    You’re my favorite.

    • thank you SO much for your kind words. i really believe that it’s best if we all stick together and act from a caring, loving place. you’re my favorite, too, and i hope you enjoy the recipe!