Avgolemono Soup


My wife has been craving that wonderful, silky, soothing lemon chicken soup from Pete’s Central One restaurant. Otherwise known as Avgolemono Soup. I read several recipes out on the web and found a lemon chicken soup recipe in my computer files from the late 90s. After reading all these and thinking about it for a day, I decided to give it a try.

Avgolemono Soup

  • 4 lemons
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 6-8 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces orzo
  • 1 medium yellow onion, small dice
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • 1/4 cup dry white wine
  • Fresh ground black pepper


  1. Melt butter in Dutch oven.
  2. Add onions and sauté on medium low for 8 minutes.
  3. Add flour and cook additional 2 minutes stirring constantly.
  4. Deglaze with wine.
  5. Add 6 cups chicken broth.
  6. Set heat to medium and simmer.
  7. In medium bowl add eggs and lemon juice.
  8. Whisk to combine.
  9. While whisking continuously, slowly add 4 ladles soup to egg mixture.
  10. While whisking soup continuously, add egg/lemon/soup mixture back to soup pot.
  11. Add chicken.
  12. Add orzo and stir continuously until cooked.
  13. Add pepper to taste.
  14. If soup is too thick for you, add the remaining 2 cups broth.
  15. Ladle into bowls.
  16. Enjoy with warm pita bread!

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