Low Carb Avgolemeno (Greek Chicken, Lemon & Egg Soup)

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low carb avgolemenoIt’s been rainy and dreary here for the past week, and today was no exception.  It was the kind of day that just screamed for chicken noodle soup, but without the noodles (or rice, or potatoes) it’s just chicken soup, and not nearly as satisfying.  I had heard about Avgolemeno, a traditional Greek chicken soup made with lemon and eggs whisked into it, and always wanted to try it – if only because the name is cool.  It’s typically made with rice or orzo, but I thought I’d put a low carb twist on it by serving it with spaghetti squash instead.  It was perfect!  The light, lemony broth was so comforting, and the squash added a subtle sweetness that is downright addicting!

As a bonus, for those of you doing the Whole 30, this soup is totally legal – although I did grate some fresh parmesan into mine which made it extra yummy, though not Whole 30 compliant.  I’m excited that I have a big container of this soup sitting in my fridge right now, because I’m already looking forward to having some for lunch tomorrow!  I definitely recommend putting this on your list of soups to try ASAP before the weather gets too warm to enjoy it!

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I started with chicken quarters and made my own broth with the bones, but in case you don’t have time, I’m going to write the recipe using quantities for cooked chicken and prepared broth.  That way even if you start with a rotisserie chicken and some decent quality store bought broth, you’ll be that much closer to eating this super easy, and totally satisfying soup on your next rainy (or snowy) day!

Low Carb Avgolemeno (Greek Chicken, Lemon & Egg Soup)

Yield: 8 servings

Serving Size: 1.5 cups

Low Carb Avgolemeno (Greek Chicken, Lemon & Egg Soup)

Ingredients

  • 4 cups cooked, shredded chicken
  • 10 cups chicken stock or broth
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 2 cups cooked spaghetti squash
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • freshly grated parmesan cheese (optional)

Instructions

  • Add the chicken and broth to a large saucepan and bring to a boil. Remove from the heat. In a medium bowl whisk the eggs and lemon juice together until frothy. Slowly whisk 2 cups of hot stock into the egg mixture – don’t just dump it in or you’ll end up with scrambled eggs! Once the stock has been incorporated into the egg mixture, add back to the pot. Stir in the spaghetti squash and gently reheat the soup if necessary – don’t bring to a boil or the eggs may curdle. Season with salt and pepper. Serve hot, garnished with chopped parsley and grated parmesan cheese (optional).

Notes

Approx nutrition info per serving: 289 calories, 15g fat, 4g net carbs, 33g protein

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  1. 365daysofbacon
    365daysofbacon02-25-2013

    Yum! this looks really really good! :)

  2. Ilyse
    Ilyse02-26-2013

    Made this today and it was YUM! I used store-bought stock and pre-shredded chicken and it was easy and delish! Perfect for a cold, rainy day. Thank you so much for all of your wonderful recipes! (Had cream cheese pancakes for breakfast!)

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny02-27-2013

      Thanks llyse! I still have some in the fridge and will be warming it up for my lunch today – so glad you liked it too!

  3. Chrys
    Chrys02-28-2013

    Omg, I am Greek and I love “regular” avgolemono, but since I’ve gone low carb, I really miss it. Thanks for this recipe, I am stoked to try it :-)

  4. Deb
    Deb03-03-2013

    I made this yesterday, it is so good! I followed your recipe exactly ( I am really bad at just throwing aproximate quanities in the pot and then complaining that it just doesn’t taste right, LOL) and evem shaved the Parm on top….Super Delicious! I roasted three chickens the day before and had dinner for the family plus the two cups shredded fpr the recipe and then used the bones to makes stock…it may have been a littl darker than regular chicken broth, but boy it had really good flavor. Good job!

  5. wifeson
    wifeson03-13-2013

    I made this twice already I love it. I added some Kale to it too!

  6. Veronica
    Veronica03-18-2013

    I made this yesterday and it was SO GOOD and leftovers are getting eaten up for lunch today!

  7. Tammy
    Tammy03-26-2013

    This turned out so good! I love this. Thanks for posting this great recipe!!

  8. Laura Laufer
    Laura Laufer02-16-2014

    This is amazing chicken soup!! Better than what I had in Greece!!

  9. Dawnab
    Dawnab02-28-2014

    I see you said you had leftovers of this, I pack my lunch daily. Does this reheat well in the microwave?

  10. Cory
    Cory03-01-2014

    Yum! I have been making this soup with rised cauliflower to emulate the rice texture in the soup at my local greek restaurant. This is my fav go to comfort soup!

    • Mellissa Sevigny
      Mellissa Sevigny03-01-2014

      Thanks so much Cory! I love the cauliflower idea as an alternative to the spaghetti squash!

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