Smooth, hearty and light, one pot lemon chicken orzo soup is pure comfort in a bowl. It's packed with orzo pasta, chicken breast, vegetables fresh herbs, and a dash lemon juice. It's basically chicken noodle soup but with a major upgrade.
What is Orzo?
What is in Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup?
- chicken breasts - 2 large boneless and skinless breasts. You can also use two-thirds pound of boneless and skinless chicken thighs.
- butter - can easily substitute with olive oil for a healthier option.
- vegetables - onion, garlic, celery, and carrots.
- chicken stock
- orzo pasta
- lemon juice
- herbs - Italian seasoning blend, fresh parsley, and fresh dill.
- salt and pepper
How to Make the Best Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
First, melt butter in a medium pot over medium heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until onions are soft and translucent, about 4-5 minutes. Add in celery and carrots and continue to sauté for another 3 minutes, stirring often. Then, add stock, chicken, and Italian seasoning. Bring to a boil, then cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.
Next, remove chicken from pot and add orzo. Cook uncovered on medium high until the orzo is cooked through (about 10 more minutes), stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, shred the chicken with a fork and then place back into the pot while the orzo is still cooking.
Once orzo is cooked, stir in lemon juice, parsley, and dill. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately with some extra lemon wedges and fresh herbs.
Tips for Making Orzo Soup
- How to serve: Serve lemon chicken orzo soup with some Greek salad and a loaf of crusty bread. My favourites are small batch ciabatta rolls, easy no knead french baguettes, small batch no-knead bread, or small batch sourdough.
- How to make with pre-cooked chicken: You can make this soup with leftover chicken or rotisserie chicken. Add it in when you are adding in the orzo.
- How to store: Lemon chicken orzo soup is best served immediately. You can store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. Note that the orzo will continue to soak up water and expand. To reheat, you will likely need to add a little water to thin out the soup again.
More Soup Recipes
- Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
- Creamy Mexican Corn Soup
- Coconut Curry Lentil Soup
- Healthy Miso Ramen with Chicken
- Roasted Carrot and Ginger Soup
- Creamy Garlic and Cauliflower Soup
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