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Slow Cooker Lemon Lentil Chicken Soup: a brightly flavored chicken and lentil soup based on the Greek Classic avgolemono, which translates as “egg-lemon.” It is a light and healthy soup that can be served as a starter or as the main dish.

Instant Pot Lentil Lemon Chicken Soup


  • Author: Karen Petersen
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 5 servings 1x

Description

A brightly flavored chicken and lentil soup based on the Greek Classic avgolemono, which translates as “egg-lemon.” It is a light and healthy soup that can be served for lunch or dinner.


Ingredients

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  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 2 large garlic cloves, minced
  • 5 cups chicken broth
  • Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
  • 1 cup brown/green lentils
  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs or breasts (2 small chicken breasts)
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • Salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Turn your Instant Pot to the saute setting. When the display says HOT add in the oil and onion. Saute for about 4-5 minutes. Add in the garlic and saute for 20 seconds. Add in the chicken broth and scrape the bottom of the pot.
  2. Add in the red pepper flakes, parsley, lentils, chicken and salt.
  3. Cover the pot and secure the lid. Make sure the valve is set to sealing. Set the manual/pressure cook button to 10 minutes. When the time is up let the pot sit for 5 minutes. Then move the valve to venting. Remove the lid.
  4. Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board. Shred the chicken and return to the Instant Pot.
  5. In a small bowl whisk together the egg yolks and lemon juice. Stir a few tablespoons of the hot soup into the eggs to temper them. Then stir it all back into the Instant Pot. Add in the lemon zest.
  6. Salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into bowls and serve.

Notes

Try to use chicken breasts that are the same size and thickness. Refer to this video on why. I ended up using smallish frozen chicken breasts. If you are using thicker chicken breasts they may not cook all the way through in the 10 minutes.

I used my 6 quart Instant Pot Duo 60 7 in 1*.

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes (plus 5 minute NPR)
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Instant Pot
  • Cuisine: Greek