This a quick and easy Instant Pot Greek Chicken Lemon Rice soup recipe that you can make for any weeknight dinner. This Avgolemono soup is so creamy, silky, and refreshing. It's one of the best soup recipes you'll ever taste!
Instant Pot Greek Chicken Lemon Rice Soup
Today, I want to share an easy recipe for Avgolemono soup. This Instant Pot Greek Chicken Lemon Rice soup is absolutely the easiest and quickest way to make the classic Greek Avgolemono soup.
It's delicious, comforting, and filling! It's the perfect soup to make on a cold day!
What Is Avgolemono Soup?
Avgolemono means a classic Greek sauce made of eggs, lemon, and warm chicken broth. Avgolemono soup is basically a chicken soup with rice and finished with egg and lemon.
When going to Greek and other Mediterranean restaurants, like many others I gravitated right towards the meats and famous appetizers, sadly overlooking the soups. What a disservice to the delightful cooking from that region (and to myself). Their soups are diverse, yet each is rich in flavor.
The first time I tried an Avgolemono soup I wasn’t expecting the lemon taste to be so prevalent.
The lemon adds so much flavor. Even if it wasn’t healthy I’d still come back for seconds!
This Instant Pot Greek Lemon Rice soup is also perfect on a cold day, when I want a nice hot soup that also fills me up. This soup is also a great way for my kids and husband to enjoy eating healthier.
Ingredients for Avgolemono Soup
This Instant Pot Avgolemono soup is a very simple recipe that doesn't require a ton of ingredients. Here's a list of ingredients you'll need to make this Instant Pot Greek Lemon Rice soup.
- Chicken thighs
- Long grain rice
- Lower-sodium chicken broth
How to Make Greek Lemon Rice Soup (Avgolemono) in an Instant Pot
Step 1. Make Homemade Chicken Stock
Making your own homemade chicken stock is very easy. In this recipe, you are going to use chicken thighs (bone-in and skin-on) and season lightly with salt and black pepper.
It's the same technique that I used to make this homemade chicken noodle soup.
After that, you are going to sear the chicken thighs for about 5 minutes on each side. Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside.
Step 2. Cook the Aromatic Soup Base
Add diced onion into the pot, and cook just until tender and translucent for about 3-5 minutes. Add garlic, and cook just until fragrant.
Step 3. Deglaze the Pot
Add low-sodium chicken broth into the pot. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of the pan to flavor the soup and prevent burning.
Step 4. Cook at High Pressure
Add uncooked rice and the chicken pieces back into the pot. Secure the lid and cook on "Manual" for 5 minutes.
Once the cooking cycle is completed, let the pressure release naturally for 15 minutes then move the valve to the vent to release the remaining pressure.
Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and shred them into small pieces.
Step 5. Add Egg Yolk and Lemon Mixture
Fill a blender with a cup of rice and broth mixture, egg yolks, and lemon juice. Puree until smooth.
Return the pureed soup and shredded chicken into the pot, and simmer until thickened slightly for a few minutes. Do not let it boil.
How to Store Leftover Greek Avgolemono Soup
- First, let the soup cool at room temperature but no longer than 1 hour.
- Once your soup has cooled completely, you can store it in airtight individual serving containers.
- Properly stored, this soup can last up to 2-3 days in the refrigerator or up to 2 months in the freezer.
How to Reheat the Leftover Soup
You can reheat this soup on the stove over medium-low heat, and keep stirring, until hot.
Add a small amount of low-sodium chicken broth or water if necessary and do not let it come to a boil.
Did you make this recipe? Be sure to leave a rating and a comment below! I'd appreciate it.
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I hope you'll enjoy this recipe and share it with friends! If you try it and don’t mind, please leave me a comment and/or give this recipe a rating.
Instant Pot Greek Chicken Lemon Rice Soup
- a pressure cooker
- 6 pieces small-medium size chicken thighs (bone-in and skin on) - about 1¾ pounds total, pat the chicken dry with paper towels
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 cup diced onion
- 1½ tablespoons minced garlic
- 6 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- ¾ cup uncooked long grain white rice, (rinsed and drained)
- ½ teaspoon kosher salt, (optional)
- 3 egg yolks
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- Season the chicken thighs with salt and black pepper. Press the "Sauté" key and when the instant pot displays "hot", heat the oil and sear the chicken for 5 minutes on each side. Set aside.
- Add the onion, cook until tender for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic, cook just until fragrant. Add in the broth. Be sure to scrape up any brown bits from the bottom of pan to flavor the soup and to prevent burning.
- Add the rinsed rice, salt (optional), and the seared chicken thighs back into the pot. Secure the lid and set it to "manual" on high for 5 minutes. Once the cooking cycle is completed, let the pressure release naturally for at least 15 minutes then move the valve to venting to release the remaining pressure.Transfer the chicken thighs to a plate and shred into small pieces.
- Fill a blender with a cup of rice and broth mixture, egg yolks, and lemon juice. Puree until smooth.Return the pureed soup and shredded chicken into the pot, simmer until thickened slightly for a few minutes. Do not let it come to a boil, stirring often. Add more salt, pepper, and/ or lemon if necessary and according to your liking. Serve and enjoy!
Thank you for your recipe! Thanks to Terri for recommending a natural pressure release. I replaced the rice with cauliflower rice - barely added the cauliflower flavor - and added a sprig of dill - a bit of a Polish twist. Super delicious!!
Thanks for taking the time to share your feedback and what you did to make it more keto-friendly! I am sure fellow readers will find your comment useful. Dill and lemon go well together, a delicious twist!
Easy to make and tasty. Made recipe as written except subbed boneless chicken thighs and doubled the lemon juice because we like it tart. Used an immersion blender to incorporate the yolks and juice after cooking. Added a generous amount of black pepper. Would make again!
Thanks for trying one of my favorite Instant soup recipes! I am glad that you liked it.
Great recipe! Very flavorful, better than my local spot. Thank you!
Thanks for trying and sharing your feedback. I am glad that you liked this Greek lemon chicken rice soup. Now, you can make it at home instead of buying it.
Can you add orzo? Would that change cooking?
You can use orzo and keep the cooking time the same. Let me know how it goes.
Kissing chicken noodle soup goodbye! I serve mine up with some fresh baked pitas and my whole family just devours it.
Oh, that’s amazing to hear, thanks! I love that you pair it with fresh-baked pitas, a perfect pairing!
This recipe is amazing! Easy to follow along. I doubled the lemon juice and added more salt and pepper. But it was great! Next time I might add more rice. It reminded me of when I was 18 and I worked in a restaurant owned by Greek people. Avgolemono was our house soup. It tastes just like it. What a blast from the past memory.
I'm glad you enjoyed the recipe and thanks for the notes on changes you made, too, Krystal! I love when food brings me to another time and place... glad the Avgolemono did that for you!