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Lemon Orzo Soup with Chicken

I'm so happy to be post­ing a new recipe with shots for the lovely Maya Vis­nyei! It's been way too long. We've been hard at work on our cook book for the past few months and that meant we had to take a break from our typ­i­cal photography/recipe pro­duc­tion sched­ule. But we shot the cook book's cover — actu­ally we shot three ver­sions and don't know yet our­selves which will make the cut! — two weeks ago. And then on Mon­day we received the best email ever from our edi­tor announc­ing that our man­u­script is com­plete. Of course we'll still have plenty to do with copy edit­ing and the design process but the really heavy lift­ing is done! It was an amaz­ing (and bizarre and fun and exas­per­at­ing and hilar­i­ous) expe­ri­ence and I wish we could share the results with you all sooner.

But I con­fess it's nice to get back into the groove and direct those ener­gies back into the site. I spent a day with Maya last week and I know Laura is doing the same thing this week so there's lots of good stuff com­ing your way. First up: soup! This is prob­a­bly the eas­i­est soup I've ever made and although it's hearty enough to be din­ner, the fresh, lemon-y  flavour keeps it light. I've made this soup twice in the last week and I think I ate most of both batches! The kids were a bit skep­ti­cal but both tried it and had about half a bowl which I'm going to call a great suc­cess.  Based loosely on the Greek soup called Avgole­mono, my ver­sion adds chicken to make it more of a meal. The only trick is to be sure you tem­per your eggs before adding them to the broth s0 it becomes creamy not cur­dled. But really, it's sim­ple pim­ple. I still have half a bag of orzo in the cup­board, I think I may have to make this again.…

pho­tos by Maya Vis­nyei

Lemon Orzo Soup

8 cups of low-sodium chicken stock
1 cup orzo
1/2 lb of skin­less, bone­less chicken breast, chopped into bite-sized pieces
3 eggs
1/3 cup of lemon juice
salt and pep­per to taste
small hand­ful of pars­ley, chopped


In a large pot, bring your stock to a boil. Add the orzo and reduce heat just slightly so sim­mers for 10 minutes.

Now add the chicken to the pot with the stock and orzo and sim­mer for 10 more minutes.

While that's cook­ing away, crack your eggs into a bowl and whisk in the lemon juice. Using a ladle, scoop out some hot broth and add small of stream of hot stock to your egg mix­ture while whisk­ing. Add as much hot stock as it takes to really warm up the egg so it won't scram­ble in the soup.

Now pour your egg mix­ture into your soup pot. Both the pasta and the egg will thicken up your soup. Cook for another 2 or 3 min­utes or until it thick­ens slightly Taste it before adding salt and pep­per.  Serve with a sprin­kle of chopped pars­ley. If you have left­overs and have this soup again the fol­low­ing day you'll need to thin them out with more stock or water as the orzo will con­tinue to thicken the soup.



  1. Rina says:

    Sounds good but a cou­ple of things are unclear. How long do you cook the entire soup for one the egg/lemon mix­ture is added? And just to be clear, you put the uncooked chicken into the orzo/stock mix? How much does this yield?

  2. Ceri Marsh says:

    Hi Rina,
    I've clar­i­fied the recipe. The chicken gets added to the stock and orzo. Once you've added your egg and lemon mix­ture you're only cook­ing for another 2 or 3 min­utes. So, all told it's about 23 min­utes. It yields about 10 cups of soup, so maybe 6 serv­ings.
    Let me know if you try it, okay?
    Thanks for your note!

  3. Minh says:

    Does this freeze well?

  4. Angela says:

    Sounds like a won­der­ful recipe! Just one ques­tion… Is the chicken added to the stock raw? Or do you cook the chicken first and then add it to the stock?

  5. Ceri Marsh says:

    Yes, the chicken is added to the soup while it's raw. I guess I need to clar­ify that as you're not the first per­son to ask!

  6. Amanda says:

    Hi there,

    Just made this recipe and I had a hard time with the eggs not being "scram­bled" once added to the soup. I added 4 ladles full of broth to the egg mis­ture but it still "scram­bled" a bit. I just removed the eggy parts but is there a more accu­rate amount of broth that needs to be added to the egg mix­utre? Thanks.

  7. Carrie says:

    Do you have the nutri­tion facts on this recipe?

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