Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Just crazy over this Healthy Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe on A light and healthy recipe with bold greek flavors. Today’s Greek Lemon Chicken Soup is a great way to warm your belly on cool autumn evenings!

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Every time I make soup I start thinking about childhood and family placement. With just two babies, I obviously have an oldest child and a youngest child… the responsible independent one, and the cuddly cling-on who likes to have things done for him.

Watching them makes me think back to an important lesson I learned as a child, being the fourth out of five kids in the family.

I always considered myself very average. In my mind, my oldest brother was “the smart one,” my older sister was “the artist,” my other brother was “the popular athlete,” and my younger sister was the “cute trouble maker.”

I, however, didn’t have a thing… a method for drawing attention and gaining acceptance. I wasn’t the smartest, most attractive, or most talented. So I spent a better part of my formative years being very shy and self conscious.

Before you start feeling sorry for me, let me state, I believe this did me a lot of good.

I remember as a teenager determining one day that since I didn’t seem to excel in anything particular, if I wanted something, I was just going to work harder for it than anyone else. Instead of letting this thought defeat me, I decided to take it as a personal challenge.

I decided.

Since I didn’t have an obvious “I should do this, instead of this.” feeling based on my shining attributes, I was forced to make a clear line-in-the-sand decision to go after my dreams regardless. I would have to study harder, practice harder in after school activities, and not rely on my looks to get me by. (I wasn’t a complete ugly duckling, but still.)

I also discovered I didn’t have to be the best at anything. Being the best is overrated. I just had to be good enough to get me where I wanted to go. I learned to persevere. And just as important, I learned to stop comparing myself to everyone around me, and stop worrying about what people would think when I made decisions. Two lessons that have had a huge impact on my life.

In other words, feeling average helped me develop character. Possibly earlier than I might have otherwise. 

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Perseverance has been more than a friend over the years. It has helped me push through the rough moments in life, let go of fear, set goals and reach them, lift those around me, and believe that I truly can do anything I set my mind to… As long as I want it bad enough and refuse to give up.

When I look at my two babies, I don’t hope for child prodigies, super models, or Rhodes scholars.

Instead I pray for kids that are forced to learn problem solving skills. Kids that choose friends based on kindness and integrity, instead of appearance and popularity. And above all, kids who will rise above their circumstances, no matter what it takes.

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How does this have anything to do with today’s Greek Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe?

Well, it doesn’t really.

It’s just a soup recipe my two sweet babies love. This Greek Lemon Chicken Soup is cozy, healthy, and loaded with greek flavors like garlic, earthy olive oil, and feta cheese. The little orbs of pearl couscous and morsels of cheese swirl to the surface with every spoonful. A sight that lifts the spirit and warms the belly.

This is the kind of recipe I make my kids when they come home worn from a long day at school. Sometimes their stories are filled with joy and excitement. Somedays they are teary recollections insecurity and defeat.

I always remind them that this day was just a small step on a long journey. The important thing is to keep taking those steps forward, no matter how hard it seems. Good things are ahead if you don’t give up.

Then I give them a warm bowl of soup.

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97 Responses to “Greek Lemon Chicken Soup”

  1. Julie @ Table for Twoposted September 18, 2015 at 7:19 am

    This looks so comforting and I love that it’s a spin on the classic chicken soup! It looks so good!!


  2. Michelleposted September 18, 2015 at 9:53 am

    I actually have all the ingredients (for once), so this is definitely on my weekend list!


  3. Mariaposted September 18, 2015 at 11:26 am

    The addition of lemon and feta sounds perfect!


  4. Liz @ The Lemon Bowposted September 18, 2015 at 2:53 pm

    Such a great post Sommer and I can relate to it in a lot of ways. Ironically, as a child, I prayed to be average. I was over weight, under athletic, unpopular – you name it. I was the ugly duckling that couldn’t rely on her looks and had no friends but I know now that God had a plan and my childhood helped shape the adult I am today. Love this and Love this lemony soup!! We always order avgolemono in Greek restaurants!


  5. Lizposted September 18, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    This soup reminds me of my childhood—my mom would bring home recipes from our Greek neighbors down the street. I remember thinking that lemon soup sounded just horrible. Now I’m dying to make it! Love your parenting style—it’s certain to help lift your children to be the best they can be!


  6. Shawn @ I Wash You Dryposted September 19, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    Yum! I made a spring vegetable soup kind of like this once, it was lemon and chicken. Which is an awesome combo! The feta over the top sounds awesome!


  7. cupcakesposted September 20, 2015 at 8:18 am

    these yellow and green made my week-end, this chicken with lemon soup seems delicious


  8. Megan {Country Cleaver}posted September 20, 2015 at 4:15 pm

    I love hearing about the kids – and with you and your perseverance to teach them everything in your repertoire, I have no doubt they will be stellar individuals. And this soup – I’m loving soup season!! 


  9. NanaScrivposted September 20, 2015 at 5:58 pm

    So healthy and tasty.   Love this soup!


  10. Luceroposted September 22, 2015 at 2:21 pm

    I did this today, its delicious and suprisingly fullfilling 


    • Sommer — September 22nd, 2015 @ 11:36 pm

      Hi Lucero, So glad to hear it!!


  11. Dannoposted September 25, 2015 at 8:55 am

    I love soup!  I have a poster in my office that says, “National Soup Month – January,”  but every month is soup month in our house.  We have a Greek restaurant in town and it’s not a complete meal  unless I get the chicken lemon soup, so I was very excited to see this recipe.  It was so delicious, my wife said it must be added to the regular rotation!


  12. Megposted October 4, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Sorry to be dense, but should the chicken be cooked prior to going in the dish?


    • Courtney — October 4th, 2015 @ 10:10 am

      I was wondering this too… Was planning on making this today


      • Heidi — October 5th, 2015 @ 9:59 am

        My first thought was the chicken cooks in the broth, but then when I read it the directions again,  it looks like its only in there for 10 minutes.  I’m not sure now.  I’m making it tonight also.

      • Maria — October 30th, 2015 @ 10:18 pm

        I’ve never tried this recipe, but I’m Greek and I love chicken soup: don’t get boneless, skinless breasts. If a whole chicken is too much, get chicken thighs, complete with fat, bones and skin. Boil them and then boil the couscous (or rice, which is what we use in Greece) in the same water. And skip the chicken stock.

        There’s absolutely no reason to use artificial chicken stock in a recipe like this one.

    • Jess — October 5th, 2015 @ 7:28 pm

      I cooked this tonight! The chicken goes in the dish while the broth is heating up to a boil as well, so that 10 minutes gets extended quite a bit! Chicken was wonderful!


      • Julie — February 10th, 2016 @ 10:06 pm

        I used rotisserie chicken and it was delicious.  The feta  and pepper flakes were wonderful.

    • Sommer — October 8th, 2015 @ 6:39 pm

      Hi Ladies! Sorry for the confusion. The chicken is in the hot broth while it comes to a boil (usually several minutes) plus at least another 10 minutes of simmering following, so it will cook through in the broth. No need to cook before hand. :)


    • Tricia Haddox — November 15th, 2015 @ 7:04 pm

      I was wondering the same thing


  13. Rubyposted October 9, 2015 at 11:00 pm

    Wonderful recipe! I tried it out and shared with my sister and her husband and they loved it! It’s light and refreshing yet the heat from the pepper flakes gives it enough heat to warm you up on a cold evening. And it’s so easy! I even used rotisserie chicken breast and it turned out great! I’ll make this again! Thanks for posting!


  14. Lilyposted October 11, 2015 at 10:51 pm

    Made this tonight and it was delicious and comforting. Kind of like chicken noodle with a twist!


  15. Tammyposted October 19, 2015 at 1:55 pm

    This was AMAZING…incredibly tasty and filling. I was pressed for time so I used pre-cooked Rotisserie chicken and it came out great!


  16. Jenposted October 20, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Can you substitute anything for the couscous?


    • April — October 20th, 2015 @ 10:28 pm

      Orzo can be subbed. It’s a rice shaped pasta noodle.


    • Sommer — October 26th, 2015 @ 8:59 am

      Hi Jen, You can add any pasta you like!


      • Jan — January 7th, 2016 @ 4:32 pm

        What about quinoa–if one doesn’t do wheat/gluten/pasta?

  17. Lindaposted October 21, 2015 at 8:35 am

    Ok….do you just use the zest…not the juice from lemon??


    • Sommer — October 28th, 2015 @ 11:46 am

      Yes, use the zest!


  18. Jenniferposted October 23, 2015 at 10:48 am

    I was wondering about that too. About if you use the lemon juice as well as the zest?


  19. Janice Morganposted October 23, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    Looks delicious from when I would go to Greek town in Detroit and have all kinds of food thanks for the memories


  20. Nicoleposted October 25, 2015 at 12:17 pm

    Sounds delightful! Do you use lemon juice as well? I’m thinking it was accidentally omitted from the ingredients. Can’t wait to try it !


  21. Maryposted October 27, 2015 at 11:04 am

    Can you do this in a crockpot on low? I realize the soup doesn’t take long to prepare (so crockpot seems unnecessary) but I love use mine and the smell in the house when something has been slow cooking in it all day. Just wondering if doing so may overcook the cous cous.



    • Sommer — November 11th, 2015 @ 9:36 pm

      Hi Mary, I haven’t tried it in the crockpot, but I bet you could. I would throw the cous cous in the last hour of cooking. :)


  22. Stephanieposted October 29, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    Just made this for dinner and I love it! I’m picky with how broths taste and this one is amazingly!


  23. Cynthia Mposted November 1, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    This was so delicious, I made it to bring to a church potluck and it was a big hit. I used fresh tortellini as my pasta to make it a little heartier. My only small changes were: used dried parsley instead of chives, as I didn’t have any… doubled the feta, because, why not? :) and in the end decided to add the juice of the lemon as well. So good. Definitely will go in my list of favorites, and pulled together so quickly. Delicious and easy. Win-win.


  24. julieposted November 6, 2015 at 9:43 pm

    I clicked on this for the recipe but I am so moved by your post about feeling average as a teen. This is a realistic wonderful message that is so needed in today’s hyper competitive atmosphere. Thank you and I plan on making the soup!


    • Sommer — November 11th, 2015 @ 9:06 pm

      Thanks so much Julie. XOXO!


  25. Valerieposted November 15, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    How many calories is this soup?


  26. Annieposted November 16, 2015 at 6:34 pm

    Could this recipe be frozen?  I would love to make a big batch for winter :)


    • Sommer — November 17th, 2015 @ 11:18 am

      Hi Annie! I’ve never put it in the freezer, but there’s nothing in it that should cause an issue. :)


  27. Ericaposted November 19, 2015 at 3:15 pm

    I just made a pot of this and the house smells great! I love lemon so I added the juice of the lemon as well and it really made a difference. Thanks so much for the recipe!


  28. Mollyposted November 21, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    If I know I’ll have leftovers (I live alone) should I go ahead and add the feta immediately, or add it just before eating each time?


    • Sommer — December 2nd, 2015 @ 7:36 am

      Hi Molly! It’s ok the add the feta at the beginning, even if you plan to have leftovers. :)


  29. Paula Billas Parksposted November 23, 2015 at 12:11 am

    Sommer, I’m Greek and grew up on Avgolemeno (official name for Greek Lemon Chicken soup!) I am very interested to try your version of our soup…we make it boiling a whole chicken, then using that broth combining eggs and lemon juice, blending that into the broth which makes for a thicker texture. We cut the chicken up, add it to the broth and then of course salt and pepper. I have LOVED that soup since I was little (I’m 60 now) and make it for my family often. Thanks for a new way to make Avgolemeno!!!!! Can’t wait to try it:)


  30. Paula Billas Parksposted November 23, 2015 at 12:16 am

    Ooops Sommer….forgot to say that we add rice to ours:)


  31. jillposted November 23, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Just made this. I forgot to buy a lemon though, so I actually used a lime I had on hand! Whoops. It was still delicious. And very easy :)


  32. Tracey Kposted December 5, 2015 at 7:25 pm

    I made this and it is AmAzInG!! My husband is not a soup man, in fact he actually never eats soup….However, he raved about this soup, like over and over again….I was like “I don’t even know you anymore!” So that made me super excited and made this recipe a definite keeper! The flavor profile is so perfect and with just the right amount of spiciness. Make this soup!!


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  34. Barbara Bposted December 13, 2015 at 4:01 pm

    I just made this.  I always half a recipe since I cook for only one.  That was a definite mistake on this soup.  This is spot on delish,


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  37. Sheri Kposted December 27, 2015 at 5:49 pm

    This is wonderfly amazing and so easy to put together.  Thank you for sharing!


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  39. Fewd For Daysposted January 2, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Ok, I’m going to be “one of those” people lol. I’m reviewing a recipe I didn’t follow 100%. I lost count but I used anywhere from 9 to 11 cups of chicken broth; half low sodium, half regular. Couldn’t find pearl couscous at the grocery store so I used Ditalini pasta. I don’t like chives so I threw in some parsley. Everything else was followed as written. It was a tad spicier than I prefer, so I’ll probably half the crushed red pepper next time. Overall, it’s really tasty. Definitely moving to the top of my homemade soup list. I love the hint of lemon the zest gives. Thanks for a great recipe!


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  41. Rita Davisposted January 5, 2016 at 9:26 pm

    has anyone made this and frozen the leftovers? I’m looking for a good soup that freezes well for easy meals when busy.


    • Fewd For Days — January 6th, 2016 @ 8:58 pm

      Yes. Froze mine and it was fine when defrosted and reheated. The chicken texture changed slightly but not bad. Still good in my opinion.


  42. Randiposted January 12, 2016 at 7:34 pm

    I made this tonight it looks identical and I used all the same ingredients except I think I made a mistake with the feta. I added it at the end,but now the soup has this awful lingering smell. My husband can’t stand the stench and I’m wondering how you add it?


    • Deuce — January 17th, 2016 @ 11:10 pm

      Randi, feta has a distinct smell. My mom can’t stand it but I love it. Perhaps your husband isn’t a fan like my mom.


  43. Robin Baranposted January 14, 2016 at 12:05 am

    Recipe looks delicious however the amount of ads made getting to the recipe a challenge. Will take a screen shot of recipe to avoid this hassle in the future. Sadly, won’t revisit the blog for this reason.


  44. Jayneposted January 14, 2016 at 10:34 am

    Anyone try it with quinoa?  thinking it might change the flavor…hmmmmm


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  47. Cindy Clemposted January 15, 2016 at 11:27 am

    I love this post. So glad I actually read it before getting to the recipe. You’ve inspired me today, so thank you for that! Can’t wait to try this soup, too. :) 


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  49. Cindy Gposted January 16, 2016 at 8:42 pm

    Awesome soup! Made mine today. Thanks for the recipe.


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  51. Deuceposted January 17, 2016 at 11:06 pm

    My husband has requested this be part of our weekly meals. I had to mod for our low carb lifestyle (no couscous, add 1/2 bag of spinach). Although the recipe says zest of lemon, I added the juice also. This mix of flavors is outstanding! Thank you so much for sharing and your pictures are awesome.


  52. Anneliseposted January 18, 2016 at 9:05 am

    Thank you for your story. As an only child I didn’t have competition in my home, only the rest of the world! My feelings growing up were quite similar and I love to cook, especially Avgolemono. A slightly different version for a cold and dreary day. Thanks for the inspiration.


  53. Jennyposted January 18, 2016 at 10:28 pm

    This was delicious!!  Any idea about calories per cup?


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  55. Saraposted January 20, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This soup exceeded all of my expectations! We used rice in place of couscous simply because we always have rice on hand but this soup was incredible! I am not a big soup fan usually, but I couldn’t get enough of this one. LOVE LOVE LOVE!


  56. Taraposted January 21, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    I made this because it contained all the ingriedients I knew my son was willing to consume (except the couscous- that we hadn’t had before). I absolutely cannot sing the praises of this soup loud enough! First, it comes together so fast – I didn’t even need to thaw the chicken first. Second, the flavor is so fresh and amazing! I will make this all the time! This is the first time here. I saw your soup on a Country Living list of healthy soups. I consider this clean and healthy eating at its best. On a scale of 1-10 this is a 12!


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  59. Cathy Lawdanskiposted January 29, 2016 at 8:01 pm

    Made it tonight. Delicious!


  60. Jan Daftposted February 3, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Could cilantro replace the chives or parsley?  


    • Sommer — February 3rd, 2016 @ 9:45 pm

      Hi Jan, Sure! Whichever you prefer. :)


  61. Morganposted February 3, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    This was SO AWESOME!  Full of flavor, healthy and easy to make!!!  WIN WIN!!


  62. Cathy Lawdanskiposted February 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

    Delicious. Just shared the link to the recipe with those who follow the mysideof50 Facebook page!


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  66. pamela hallfrischposted February 25, 2016 at 3:24 pm

    This soup is awesome and so easy to pull together.  I made it for my husband and I and just halved everything. I too used  rotissere chicken. I used orzo as well.  I made a whole recipe for a work potluck and everyone had compliments.  My son is home for two weeks and he raved about it. The first day it is very good and brothy.  The second day it has thickened and a little better than the first day. If for some reason you still have leftovers it’s almost like chicken and noodles. So rich and delicous. 


  67. Maureen Delaneyposted March 6, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    I saw the quinoa question but I didnt see an answer?  was going to make this for a girls night but one of my friends is gluten free.  Would quinoa work?  Or should I stick with the spinach someone else suggested? 


    • Sommer — March 8th, 2016 @ 8:09 pm

      Hi Maureen! Yes, quinoa would work. Let me know how it turns out. :)


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  70. Keriposted April 10, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    Just made this soup for my hubby who has the flu…we both loved it! Quite possibly the best soup I have ever made. I did add a squeeze of lemon juice to each bowl when serving. Will be making this again and again!


  71. Kristinposted April 14, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    This soup was amazing! Made it tonight and it came out perfect :)


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  73. Annaposted April 20, 2016 at 8:57 pm

    This recipe is absolutely delicious! One thing to take it over the top is to juice fresh lemon over it right before serving. It really takes it to another level and brings out the lemon flavor! Try it!


  74. Monicaposted April 21, 2016 at 6:06 pm

    I can’t wait to try this!  I’m just curious as to why no juice from the lemon only zest? 


  75. Jenniferposted April 27, 2016 at 5:49 pm

    This soup is the bomb!  I had to pick up my son early from school last week because he was sick. I made this for dinner and he loved it!  We gave your dish a spin by adding lemon juice and feta with Mediterranean herbs.  It was absolutely delicious!  I actually made it again today because it’s so easy to prepare and I’m always short on time on my days off.  Hats off to this soup 😊😊😊


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  77. Mica @ Let's Taco Bout It Blogposted May 30, 2016 at 2:09 am

    My OH and I made this soup this past Wednesday. We ate ALL of the soup in the pot. Not a spoonful leftover. We had to make more the next night for dinner! :P

    You could taste the lemon, but it wasn’t overpowering the soup and the couscous was such a nice addition. Our house smelled so stinking good for the rest of the night and then the next night when we made it again. Great recipe!!!


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