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Greek-Style Lemon Chicken Rice Soup

Athena Calderone, Loosely adapted from Bon Appetit
Greek-Style Lemon Chicken Rice Soup


  • 1 3-pound chicken
  • 2 large carrot, roughly chopped
  • 2 large leek, white and pale-green parts only
  • 1 celery stalk, roughly chopped
  • 1 medium onion, halved
  • Kosher salt
  • 3 large eggs
  • 6 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 cup long-grain white rice 
  • Fresh dilll, cracked black pepper, flaky sea sat and olive oil (for serving)


  1. Bring chicken, carrot, leek, celery, onion, and 4 quarts water to a simmer in a large pot; cook until chicken is cooked through, 60 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate. Let chicken sit until cool enough to handle.
  2. Continue to cook broth and veggies over medium-high heat until reduced to about 2 quarts, about 45 minutes. At this point discard carrot, leek, celery, and onion.  Season with salt.
  3. Meanwhile, shred thighs, legs, and breast meat.

  4. Whisk eggs and lemon juice in a medium bowl until foamy. Whisking constantly, add a couple teaspoons of hot broth to the egg mixture to temper and then add 1 cup until fully incorporated.

  5. Meanwhile, reduce heat to medium and add rice to broth, stirring vigorously ; cook 6-8 minutes. Add chicken and continue to cook about 5 minutes more.

  6. Whisking vigorously, slowly drizzle in tempered egg mixture, a couple teaspoons at a time at first, then increasing to a steady stream, until fully incorporated (it will cook instantly).

  7. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook until soup is slightly thickened and velvety , about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and season with salt. Let sit 10 minutes to thicken up slightly.

  8. Divide soup among bowls; season with fresh dill, pepper and drizzle with oil.

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