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Greek Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo

  • Author: A Family Feast
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 4 hours 15 mins
  • Total Time: 4 hours 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings
  • Category: soup
  • Method: stove top
  • Cuisine: Greek



For the Stock

  • 34 pounds chicken parts (legs, thighs, wings, backs, necks, etc)
  • 2 large celery stalks with leaves, cut into quarters
  • 1 large or two medium leeks, white only cleaned of all sand and cut in half lengthwise
  • 1 pound yellow onion quartered
  • 1 whole lemon quartered
  • 1 knob of ginger (about one ounce)
  • ½ large bunch fresh flat leaf parsley including stems
  • 4 each medium scallions
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 black peppercorns
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 large garlic cloves peeled and smashed
  • 1 gallon water

For the Soup

  • 2 quarts stock from above
  • 1 additional quart chicken stock (carton or canned)
  • 1 cup dry orzo
  • 4 eggs beaten
  • 1 pound cooked chicken (picked from stock)
  • Juice from two lemons
  • Zest from two lemons
  • 12 ounces fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper, to taste


  1. Place all stock ingredients into a large pot, bring to a boil and simmer uncovered for four hours.
  2. Strain stock and hold. You should have about 2 quarts. Separate meat from solids. Set meat aside and discard solids.
  3. In a large pot, add stock and additional quart of purchased stock for a total of three quarts. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add orzo and boil on medium for ten minutes.
  5. Use a wire whip and slowly add beaten eggs while stirring liquid so eggs form shreds in the stock. Cook for 30 seconds then add cooked chicken, lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh spinach. Bring to a boil and then remove from heat.
  6. Adjust seasoning if needed and serve.

Keywords: lemon, chicken