Warm Up With a Quick Lemony Chicken Soup


This 20-minute dish provides 32g of protein and is just 261 calories per serving. To ensure this comforting soup's velvety texture, whisk a little of the hot broth into the eggs before adding them to the pot; it cooks them gently and prevents curdling.

Warm Up With a Quick Lemony Greek Chicken Soup in a serving bowl
Photo: Kelsey Hansen
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
20 mins


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • ¾ cup cubed carrots

  • ½ cup chopped yellow onion

  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh garlic

  • ¾ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 6 cups unsalted chicken stock

  • ½ cup uncooked whole-wheat orzo

  • 3 large eggs

  • ¼ cup fresh lemon juice

  • 3 cups shredded rotisserie chicken

  • 3 cups chopped baby spinach

  • 1 ¼ teaspoons kosher salt

  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh dill


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high. Add carrot and onion; cook, stirring often, until vegetables are softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Add garlic and crushed red pepper; cook, stirring constantly, until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Add stock to Dutch oven; increase heat to high, and bring stock to a boil. Add orzo, and cook, uncovered, until orzo is al dente, about 6 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, whisk together eggs and lemon juice in a medium bowl until frothy. Once orzo has cooked 6 minutes, carefully remove 1 cup boiling stock from Dutch oven. Gradually add hot stock to egg–lemon juice mixture, whisking constantly to temper the eggs, about 1 minute. Pour egg mixture back into Dutch oven, and stir to combine.

  4. Reduce heat to medium-low; stir in chicken, spinach, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring constantly, until spinach wilts, about 1 minute. Divide soup among 6 bowls; sprinkle servings evenly with dill.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

261 Calories
8g Fat
16g Carbs
32g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Serving Size 1 1/4 cups
Calories 261
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 16g 6%
Dietary Fiber 3g 11%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 32g 64%
Total Fat 8g 10%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Sodium 641mg 28%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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