Orzo Chicken Soup

It just takes twenty minutes and six ingredients to make this creamy orzo chicken soup, also known as Avgolemono. It’s perfect on a cold day or when you’re feeling under the weather.

Orzo Chicken Soup

I’m grateful for the high number of chicken soup types in the world. Chicken noodle. Matzo Ball. Tom Yum Kai. Don’t even get me started. Up today, a quick and easy take on the classic Greek lemony chicken soup Avgolemono. This is one of those recipes that will make you believe in magic. Six ingredients and twenty minutes come together into something much greater than the sum of their parts. Don’t ask. Just do it.

Orzo Chicken Soup

The best part is that Avgolemono soup is one hell of an easy recipe. There are only two things to know. First, use a delicious, full-flavored chicken broth if possible. (Your favorite one from a box is fine, as long as you really like it.) Second, follow the recipe’s easy directions for tempering the eggs so you end up with a creamy soup and not a brothy soup with scrambled eggs in it. Don’t stress — it’s simple AF. But do it, please. Cool? Cool.

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It just takes twenty minutes and six ingredients to make this creamy orzo chicken soup, also known as Avgolemono. It's perfect on a cold day or when you're feeling under the weather.
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Recipe Type: Main
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 4 servings
Ingredients
  • 8 cups good chicken broth
  • ¾ cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken (see note)
  • 3 cups baby spinach leaves
  • Fine sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
Instructions
  1. Bring broth to a boil in a five-quart pot, covered, over high heat. Add orzo and simmer briskly, still covered, until al dente (a couple minutes shy of package directions). Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, beat the eggs well with a fork. Beat in lemon juice and set aside.
  2. When orzo is just cooked, ladle out about a cup of hot broth into a measuring cup with a spout. Slowly pour hot broth into bowl with eggs and lemon juice, whisking constantly with a fork. This process tempers the eggs so they don’t scramble when you add them to the pot.
  3. Stir chicken and spinach into soup pot and simmer for a minute or two until spinach is wilted. Reduce heat until broth is no longer bubbling. Stir egg mixture into soup and cook over low heat for a minute or two, until broth looks creamy and is slightly thickened. Add salt and pepper to taste and ladle soup into serving bowls.
  4. If you need to reheat leftovers, do so gently and without boiling.
Notes
Use rotisserie or leftover chicken, or quickly sauté a pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts in a little olive oil while you bring the broth to a boil.

 

Carolyn Cope

Carolyn Cope

Carolyn is the voice behind the popular blog Umami Girl and writes frequently for other food-related publications. Equal parts live-to-eat and eat-to-live, she holds certificates from both the French Culinary Institute and the eCornell Plant-Based Nutrition program. Carolyn has lived and worked in New York and London and currently resides with her husband and two daughters in a sweet little seaside town in New Jersey.

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