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skinnymixer's Greek Chicken, Lemon & Egg Soup

A healthy spin on the traditional Avgolemono, which has rice in it.
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Course: Soup
Cuisine: Greek
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 232kcal


  • 1.5 kg whole chicken - stuffed with a whole lemon and 3 garlic cloves
  • 1 medium brown onion - peeled, quartered
  • 1 clove of garlic - peeled
  • 50 g celery - roughly chopped
  • 50 g carrot - roughly chopped
  • 30 g butter or oil of choice - you can reduce this for low cal, or bump up for LCHF
  • 1200 g water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 4 egg yolk - room temperature
  • 50 g fresh lemon juice - about 1 large lemon
  • Parsley for garnish


  • Add onion, garlic, celery and carrot to mixer bowl, chop for 3 sec/speed 9/MC on.
  • Add butter and sauté for 5 min/100°C or 212°F/speed 1/MC off.
  • Add water, salt, pepper and bay leaf to mixer bowl, put chicken into steaming tray and steam for 60 min/steaming temp/speed 2.
  • Top up with water and steam for a further 20 min/steaming temp/speed 2.
  • Remove chicken from steaming tray and when cooled enough to handle, roughly remove the meat. Keep warm, covered, in a thermal pot.
  • With a fork, whisk together lemon juice and egg yolk in a measuring jug. Take 1 cup of stock from the mixer bowl and slowly whisk it into the lemon juice and yolk mixture with a fork.
  • Blend stock for 20 sec/speed 9/MC on increasing speed gradually.
  • Set timer for 1 min/speed 3, and slowly drizzle in egg and lemon juice mixture.
  • Pour soup over chicken and serve with fresh chopped parsley.


Adjust salt, pepper and lemon to your individual bowl 🙂
Its really important to slowly whisk in the hot stock with the yolk, so as to not scramble it.
Bellini Users
Use sharp blade for this recipe.
At step 1 you may need to increase the chopping time slightly.
At step 2 cook for a couple of extra minutes if necessary.
At step 3 you will need to use speed 3 and if you're using an Intelli, make sure you put a tea towel over the lid of the steamer.
At step 4 cook longer if required.
At step 7 start at a lower speed and increase to speed 9
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Serving: 325g | Calories: 232kcal | Carbohydrates: 2.5g | Protein: 28.1g | Fat: 11.7g | Saturated Fat: 5.2g | Sodium: 1940mg | Sugar: 2.3g


  1. This is my all time favourite soup because with the addition of rice it can be a full meal!
    Cannot wait to try it. Planning to put rice in the simmering basket to see how it goes.
    Cannot wait for ALTOG!!!!

  2. This was really nice but not sure it was worth 1.5 hours. I might use thigh/breast next time to cut down on the steaming time.

    When the directions say “top up with water”, it would be good to know how much to top up?

    1. Hi! Thank you for trying this recipe, it is definitely one of my favourites. The flavour comes from the bones/whole chicken steaming, I’m not sure thigh or breast would be as tasty. With multiple different machines that hold different maximum amounts, we aren’t able to put x ml of water unfortunately. It is a very forgiving recipe, and I like to go and do something else while it cooks 🙂

  3. I made this last week and it was delicious. I was just wondering the lemon and garlic that I used to stuff the chicken , do I throw them out? Or add to the soup? Thanks!

  4. Delicious!! I added 4 whole eggs instead of just the yolks (didn’t want the leftover whites) and it turned out beautifully! Also added some pasta to the broth and cooked it in there before adding the egg mix to bulk it out.

  5. Ive been making a version of avgolemono for years. I work with a girl who is Greek and lives on it for the whole of winter so I always aimed to make it like she does (like her mum did of course). I was excited to see the skinnymixers version. I am here to attest that this is the best version of avgolemono I have ever tasted!!!! The flavour is so much more intense than I am used to. This will be forever the recipe I will make from now on

  6. I made a variation with seafood marinara mix – I made the stock and cooked for 30mins and then put the seafood mix (600g) in the Varoma and steamed for 7 minutes, and then served as per recipe. So tasty!!! Thanks for a great recipe Nikalene.

  7. I’ve made this twice now. The first time with the juice of one whole lemon and the second time with the juice from half a lemon. I love all things lemon so I didn’t have a problem but miss 13 isn’t a fan (though she finished her portion). I love how effortless it is to make this soup. Best of all, I have leftover chicken for salad/sandwiches the next day. Thanks Nikalene.

  8. I made this once, it has a lovely lemony flavour
    Some of my family members who don’t enjoy non-sweet flavours found it hard to eat.
    But if you don’t mind lemons this warm soothing soup is a lovely way to warm up in cooler weather

  9. Just LOVE this soup! Reminds me of my childhood and I am not missing the rice that is in the traditional avgolemono soup. I like to keep a supply in the fridge and heat it up and drink it (minus chocken) like bone broth.

  10. Wow this was delicious! was feeling horrible and fluey and came home and made this. I found it easy as i used chicken thigh in the varoma for 25 mins and then the rest. I also added zucchini into the vege stock part at the start and it is just delicious. Will definitely make again!

  11. loved this recipe, I only had a pre cooked chicken so had to slightly revamp the instructions but all worked well, I love the diversity of all your recipients…..ps keep them coming.

  12. Husband loved it as it was so close to what he grew up with. He also didn’t mind the omission of rice. Very tasty!

  13. OMG this is just awesome . So delicious . My fussy hubby loved it and it bought back so many memories of my childhood . Best friend mum was Greek and she instilled in me my love of lemons . I remember always thinking all the dishes she made with lemon were so fresh and tasty !!!!! Thank you so much for making me an incredible cook !!!! Will be on the menu each week I think !!!

    1. This soup was just so delicious. I was not convinced that I was going to like it but I loved it. Such a delicate flavour, will definitely be making it again. Thanks Nikalene.

  14. I love the lemony soup, other half liked it … 7 yr old fuss pot just ate the chicken … More for me ! Yummy. Lunches sorted this week with leftovers of this for me and cauliflower soup I made earlier. It takes time to make this but yum and easy with simple ingredients. 🙂 2 out of 3 isn’t bad in this house … Pre thermo at times l has been known to make 3 different meals 🙁 not anymore !

  15. This was absolutely delicious! I didn’t have a whole chicken so put ~500g of thighs in the basket for 30 min and they came out perfect. Will definitely be making again.

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