Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

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A few weeks ago, I went out to lunch with some friends. I told my guys they had to fend for themselves. Our fridge was stocked, so I wasn’t worried. I knew they could find something to eat. When I got home, my boys were finishing up their lunch. No, they didn’t order pizza…although, Josh has done that a few times:) They were eating homemade Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.

Josh said he wasn’t in the mood for a sandwich, so he made a big pot of Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. Caleb played with pots and pans while dad made soup for lunch! I was kind of sad I missed out on all of the fun. Oh well, mama needed a day out and the guys had a fun afternoon together. 

 

Josh is pretty proud of this soup. Not only because he made it all by himself with Caleb at his feet, but because he says it’s the best soup he’s ever tasted. Maybe he needs a piece of humble pie, but the soup did look pretty good and Caleb loved it too! 🙂

This chicken soup has a light and refreshing lemony broth with orzo pasta, onion, garlic, carrots, celery, and fresh parsley. The lemon gives the soup a fantastic flavor, along with a boost of vitamin C. This comforting chicken soup really does heal the soul. If you are feeling under the weather or just tired of the cold winter weather, make a pot of Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. It is sure to hit the spot.

Josh went snowboarding the next day and as soon as he walked in the door he asked if I could heat him up a bowl of Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. He couldn’t wait to enjoy another bowl of his soup! He said it tastes just as great the next day, especially after a long day on the slopes!

Josh insists you make his Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. It’s his new favorite soup and he thinks you will enjoy it too!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Easy chicken soup made with a light and refreshing lemon broth, orzo pasta, and vegetables. This comforting soup is healthy and perfect for a cold day.
Prep Time
10 minutes
Cook Time
20 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 medium onion diced
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 carrots peeled and sliced into 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 celery stalk thinly sliced
  • 8 cups of chicken broth
  • Zest of 2 lemons
  • Juice of 2 lemons about 1/3 cup
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat. Sauté the onion, garlic, carrots, and celery until tender, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the chicken broth, lemon zest, lemon juice bay leaf and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook, stirring occasionally, for 6 to 8 minutes, or until orzo is tender. Add the chicken and heat for about 5 minutes.
  3. Remove the pot from the heat. Discard the bay leaf and stir in the parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Ladle the soup into bowls and serve warm.
  4. Note-You can use shredded rotisserie chicken in this soup.

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Maria Lichty

I’m Maria and my husband is Josh. We share a love of cooking, baking, and entertaining. We enjoy creating recipes that are simple, fresh, and family friendly. We love sitting around the table with good food, good conversation, and good friends and family! Our kitchen is always open!
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  1. Was looking for a easy, fresh, light chicken vegetable soup.
    I found this one! It’s absolutely perfect! My crew all had colds, made this soup and everyone loved it! Now were all better! Better living through homemade food!
    Thank you!

  2. My mom used to make this but she put chick peas in with it instead of the orzo – gives it extra fiber and is more filling to boot!

  3. This was a triple threat. Easy/Quick/Delicious

    I would say though add orzo at last minute. If you make ahead don’t add orzo on initial cooking, it quickly absorbs the broth. I’ll make a triple batch and freeze, then note to add/cook orzo right before serving.

    So good!

  4. Whole Foods makes a lemon chicken soup…it’s delicious! I’d love to give this one a try! Thanks for posting.

  5. I loved the soup! I forgot to put the bay leaf in (lol) but it was very yummy! Unfortunately the boys were not fans. Good news is I get the leftovers! ha! 🙂

  6. I absolutely loved this soup! I will definitely be adding this to my recipe bank. The only thing I would really change would be to add less orzo since it soaked up all the broth. Thanks for the recipe!

  7. I made this for the first time last night. I used baked chicken breasts (which I seasoned liberally with garlic powder, black peper and Penzey’s 4S spicy seasoning salt). It is amazing! My husband is in love with this soup and we will make it again soon.

  8. This soup was delicious…light and lemony…did have a question, though, about the pasta/liquid ratio. The 1/2 cups of orzo grew so much that by the time you cooked it in the 8 cups of broth, there really wasn’t much broth left. I actually had to add more the next day. Any ideas?

  9. Amazingly delicious, especially if you have a cold or are not feeling well. I make the orzo on the site and add a little bit to each bowl as needed. Otherwise orzo sucks up the broth. Delicious even without the orzo.

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