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greek lemon chicken soup in a dutch oven

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup with Rice

  • Author: Jen Lopez
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Greek
  • Diet: Gluten Free


This lemon chicken soup with rice is similar to avgolemono soup which is a traditional Greek style soup. It has all the makings of your favorite comforting soup with chicken, veggies and rice but with a delicious lemon sauce that makes all the difference! This lemon chicken soup is naturally gluten-free but can also be made Whole30, low carb and paleo!


  • 12-16 ounces cooked shredded chicken breast
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup chopped white onion
  • 1 cup chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 3/4 cup long grain white rice
  • 1/2 cup Lemon juice
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • chopped fresh parsley for garnish


  1. Heat olive oil in the dutch oven or a large pot on medium heat.
  2. Add celery, white onion, carrots, minced garlic and salt and pepper. Sauté for about 3-4 minutes until vegetables begin to soften 
  3. Add chicken broth and allow to come to a low boil. Once boiling, add in rice and mix thoroughly. Cover and simmer for about 20 minutes
  4. When ready, remove lid and add in shredded chicken. Keep heat on simmer while you prepare your lemon sauce
  5. Whisk together two eggs with lemon juice. Slowly pour in the warm broth about a quarter cup at a time until you have added about 1/2 cup to 1 cup of the broth to the egg mixture. Continue to whisk as you pour in the broth.
  6. Once everything is combined well, add the lemon sauce to the pot and mix soup thoroughly. Remove from heat so the eggs do not begin to cook.
  7. Garnish with parsley (and feta if desired) and serve


replace white rice with cauliflower rice and reduce simmer time to 15 minutes to keep things grain free and low carb


  • Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe
  • Calories: 227
  • Fat: 5.9
  • Carbohydrates: 26.1
  • Fiber: 2.6
  • Protein: 18.3

Keywords: paleo, whole30, low carb, dairy-free, gluten-free