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Copy Cat Taziki’s Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

There’s nothing quite as cozy, or as comforting, as a hot bowl full of chicken noodle soup. The traditional Greek version swaps noodles for rice, and adds a refreshing bit of tangy lemon with savory spices. This version is a spot on copy cat from one of our favorite cafe’s, so you too can enjoy a heaping helping of Taziki’s Greek Lemon Chicken Soup.

Copy Cat Taziki's Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Apparently people have an ‘opinion’ on my husband and I eating out. Who knew?

It’s true, we are on a fixed income, and we do do things on a budget. BUT, that stipend does include a meal out on payday weekends. It’s typically just us, because it’s usually our date night. 

Yay! for getting out of the house sans kids, and for real adult conversation for this SAHM. Bonus points since it’s with my best friend.

Copy Cat Taziki's Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

It also is usually at a local cafe, eaterie, or similar type venue. 

We aren’t made of money, we know that, lol. The whole premise of our website is good food on a reasonable budget. I think sometimes, our family might forget that. 

It’s cool, sometimes we forget that too and splurge a bit. I just chalk that up to ‘recipe development’.

Copy Cat Taziki's Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

I always chuckle when we get those side long looks, thinking we’re joking. Nope, it’s real folks. And the IRS agrees.

That’s how we have so many yummy copy cat recipes featured here. We’ve taste tested our restaurant favorites… once, twice, three times etc. until we get it right recreating it at home.

Copy Cat Taziki's Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

This Copy Cat Taziki’s Greek Lemon Chicken Soup is no different. 

I can’t even begin to count the number of times we’ve made it. It’s always a must-order when we dine in. 

I also can’t count how many times I’ve ordered it to-go, just to bring it home for the Hubs to taste test against my own again, because he’s worried something is off, or it might be too ‘lemony’.

Copy Cat Taziki's Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

My husband is a perfectionist in all things, even when he’s not cooking. LOL. 

It’s also doubles as a fun air freshener for your vehicle when the lovely plastic lids break, from several bowls being stacked on top of each other in the to go bag, and it soaks your passenger seat.

In the pursuit of the perfect copycat though, I can honestly say it was worth it when it came to this Copy Cat Taziki’s Greek Lemon Chicken Soup.

So without further adieu, here goes nothing!

Copy Cat Taziki's Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

Other Variations On Traditional Chicken Soup

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Copy Cat Taziki's Greek Lemon Chicken Soup

A copy cat version of Taziki's famous Greek Lemon Chicken Soup.
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  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 2 1/2 cups firmly packed, cooked shredded chicken pulled from the bones
  • 1/2 cup grated carrots
  • 1/2 tbsp rosemary leaves, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 tbsp Greek seasoning
  • 4-5 cups cooked Basmati rice


  • Add all of the ingredients (except the rice) to a dutch oven, or other large pot, and stir to combine.
  • Bring the soup to a boil, reduce the heat to medium low. Let the soup simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. 
  • To each cup of soup, stir in 1/4-1/3 cup of rice right before serving. 
  • Serve immediately, with soft Greek pita bread.
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    1. I buy it in the spice aisle at the grocery store. No special brand, whatever they have. Cavender’s is the one currently in my spice cabinet.

    1. Thank you so much, Jodi- so glad you found us! This is one of our favorite soups, especially when the weather turns chilly & something really comforting is called for.

  1. 5 stars
    Just made this! AMAZING! And tastes just like it!! 2 questions for next time: 1.) i cooked rice separately like shown above and then slowly added in. However, it seemed the longer the soup sat the rice soaked up all the juice and now there is not any juice at all. How can I make sure this doesn’t happen?

    1. You brought up a good point, Emily. Yes, if the soup sits even refrigerated leftovers the rice will soak up most of the broth. The rice still tastes great, but not what you’d want. If you don’t anticipate eating it all, or are purposefully making it ahead of time- keep them separate and add the rice as needed to individual serving bowls. Hope that helps!

  2. How many does this serve? 1/4 cup of rice to each bowl with 4-5 cups of rice being made makes me think that I can get 16 servings out of this but that sounds a bit crazy, so I just wanted to make sure 🙂

    1. I’ll have to update the recipe card with serving size, but I get 6-8 servings out of the soup when we make it (depending on portion size). I always have rice leftover though.

  3. 5 stars
    I followed this recipe exactly and it came out PERFECTLY. Our family is also mindful of the expenses of eating out. A single cup of soup is under $5 but I love it so much that adds up. I’m thrilled to find this recipe (I’m pregnant and cravings are on level 10). This did not disappoint in the least!

    1. Thank you for taking the time to leave your feedback Chris. It really is so good, a single cup is never enough. Making it at home means I don’t have to feel guilty about a second serving, lol. Glad I could help, especially in the cravings dept!

  4. 5 stars
    This is my most favorite soup in the world, and the number one thing I order when I’m at Tazikis. I finally got my boyfriend to try it and now he’s addicted too. I’m so glad to have found your recipe and can’t wait to make it this weekend. Thanks so much!

    1. Yes, ours too! Unfortunately half the time we go they’re out of the soup for the day and then my meal’s just not the same. Making it at home saves me from any and all disappointment.

  5. 5 stars
    I sub riced cauliflower for the rice to cut down on carbs and it’s still delicious. I also use my chicken bone broth I make and keep on hand.

  6. I’m excited to find this recipe 🙂 Any luck recreating the seasoning mix they use on the baked pita chips??

  7. 5 stars
    Taziki’s is missing our business since I found this recipe. Excellent! Now, if I could only make an authentic gyro.

  8. I liked it but not enough broth plan to add double that the carrots didn’t cook really well so i will cook then longer next time separately needed salt but that’s an easy fix
    I used nan instead of pita bread other wise it was very good thanks so much for the recipe

  9. How would Turkey broth be? Have home canned Turkey broth and home canned cooked chicken. May give it a try.

  10. 5 stars
    Wow this was incredible!! I have never been taziki’s so I sautéed garlic & red onion to add to the soup, as well.

  11. What type of chicken broth is used in this recipe? I’m so thankful to find this. This is our favorite soup ever.

    1. You can use any. I tend to use generic/store brand. Whatever we used, we’ve never made a batch of this that wasn’t amazing 🙂

    1. Absolutely, and great suggestion! That sauce is SO SO good. But it probably won’t make it onto the site until after the first of the year.

  12. My daughter and I eat at Taziki’s often. Always enjoy our food from there if it be at the restaurant or take out.

  13. 5 stars
    You NAILED this! It is spot on made exactly to recipe. I used rotisserie chicken. Thanks for a perfect recipe. Especially for those of us that don’t live near a Taziki’s.