greek lemon chicken soup

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

It’s been a veritable germ-fest at our house this fall. The first couple of weeks of December were particularly challenging. More days than not, at least one of the kids was home from school with some kind of bug. I’ve gotten pretty much nothing done, which made the short time leading up to the arrival of 9 guests for the Christmas holidays really interesting (stressful).

Soup is the usual response to sickness, is it not? In our town, there’s a popular soup shop that features an amazing Greek Lemon Chicken Soup that seems to have some real curative properties. The problem is, it’s ALWAYS out of stock. It almost feels like some sort of soup nazi conspiracy to force you into instead choosing a sub-par soup offering. I know that if I owned a soup shop and I observed that there was pent up demand for a certain soup variety, I’d just make a lot more of that particular variety. Maybe I’d even stop making another less desirable variety (I’m looking at you, Loaded Baked Potato Soup) to make room for more Greek Lemon Chicken Soup.  But, hey, that’s just me. After about 5 recent rebukes on my attempts to purchase some of the soup in question, I decided to make it myself. It took a few tries, but I’ve now got one I’m pretty happy with and I’m no longer at the mercy of the soup shop.

Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Serves 6


2 tbsp olive oil

4 cloves of minced garlic

1 onion, diced finely

6 cups of chicken stock

lemon zest from one lemon

1 1/2 cups of shredded rotisserie chicken

3 cups of chopped spinach

pinch of red pepper flakes

1/2 cup of pearled Israeli couscous

juice from 1-2 lemons (to taste)

salt and pepper to taste


Heat the oil in a medium size stock pot. Add the onion and garlic and cook until softened. Add the chicken stock, lemon zest, and chicken and simmer for 10 minutes. Add the Israeli couscous and the red pepper flakes. After 5 minutes, add the spinach and cook just until wilted. Then, add lemon juice and salt and pepper to taste (you may want to add more lemon juice, I like mine on the acidic side).

Pretty much guaranteed to make you feel (at least a little bit) better.