Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken Soup Recipe

Winter is here, and what better way to warm up than with a bowl of delicious soup? Introducing the Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken Soup, a delightful twist on the classic Greek Avgolemono Soup. With a touch of fresh lemony brightness, this soup is sure to become a favorite during chilly winter days.

The Essence of Avgolemono

Avgolemono is a traditional Greek lemon-egg sauce, made with egg yolks, lemon, and warm broth. The name of this lemon chicken soup is derived from the flavorful Greek sauce it is inspired by. Typically, Avgolemono soup includes rice or orzo, seasoned with plenty of fresh lemon juice, and thickened with eggs. The result is a rich and creamy soup that allows the flavors of lemon and chicken to shine through.

Pronouncing Avgolemono

Before diving into the recipe, let’s clear up any confusion about the pronunciation. When saying “Avgolemono,” remember that the “g” is silent. The name is derived from “ah-vo,” meaning “egg,” and “lemon-o,” meaning lemon.

The Flavorful Twist

For a burst of flavor, this version of Avgolemono Soup incorporates a generous amount of dill. If you’re not a fan of dill, feel free to omit it; the soup will still be incredibly delicious and packed with flavors. Alternatively, you can try adding a tablespoon of dried oregano for a different taste experience. Both variations are equally enjoyable!

Ingredients You’ll Need

To create this Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken Soup, gather the following ingredients:

  • Bone broth (or low-sodium chicken broth)
  • Cooked rice
  • Egg yolks
  • Fresh lemon juice
  • Cooked chicken (rotisserie or shredded)
  • Fresh dill
  • Salt and pepper
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The Simple Cooking Process

Making this soup is a breeze. Follow these easy steps:

  1. Begin by bringing the broth to a simmer.
  2. Blend ½ cup of rice, egg yolks, and lemon juice together, slowly adding 1 cup of hot broth.
  3. Stir the puree into the simmering stock.
  4. Season with fresh dill.

The Secret to Creaminess

Despite its creamy texture and appearance, this Chicken Lemon Soup doesn’t contain any dairy products. Instead, a clever trick is used. Combine about half a cup of cooked rice, a couple of egg yolks, and lemon juice in a blender. As the blender whirs, slowly pour in some warm stock. This technique tempers the eggs, preventing them from curdling in the soup. The result is a silky smooth consistency that is sure to impress.

Add the tempered egg mixture to the hot stock, along with the chopped chicken and remaining rice. Allow it to heat through and thicken for approximately ten minutes. You’ll be amazed at how simple this Greek lemon chicken soup is to prepare!

Vitamin C Boost

Apart from its incredible taste, this Lemon Chicken Soup is also packed with Vitamin C, making it the perfect defense against colds during the winter season. Consider keeping a batch in the freezer for those days when you need an immunity boost.

Serving Suggestions

To complement the flavors of the Creamy Lemon Dill Chicken Soup, try pairing it with:

  • Arugula Salad
  • Fennel & Celery Salad
  • Crostini
  • Radicchio Salad with Olives & Parmesan

For more side dish inspiration, check out the “25+ BEST Sides for Chicken Soup” on our website.

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Wine Pairings

Enhance the dining experience with these wine pairings:

  • Pinot Gris: Its bright acidity and citrus notes perfectly complement the creamy, lemon flavors in the soup.
  • Vinho Verde: With a slight effervescence, Vinho Verde balances the richness of the soup and harmonizes with the citrus notes.
  • Sauvignon Blanc: The herbal and grassy notes of Sauvignon Blanc beautifully complement the dill in this soup.

Leftover Tips

Have some leftover turkey? It’s a fantastic substitute for chicken in this soup recipe. Waste not, want not!

Explore More Soups

If you’re a soup enthusiast, we’ve got you covered. Check out these other delicious soup recipes:

  • Hungarian Mushroom Soup with Fresh Dill
  • Instant Pot Cabbage Roll Soup
  • Leftover Chicken Soup
  • Creamy Italian Quinoa Soup
  • One Pot Lasagna Soup
  • Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup

Discover these recipes and more on our website.

Bon Appétit

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