Cozy Up With a Bowl of This Comforting Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup!

Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 35 MINUTES

total time: 50 MINUTES

Ingredients

Directions

1

In a large pot, heat the butter and cook carrots, celery, and onion until softened and translucent. This will take about 5-10 minutes. Also, add the garlic and cook for a couple of additional minutes.

2

Pour in the broth and dried orzo. Let boil for about 10 minutes to soften the veggies.

3

Turn down the heat to simmer. Add in lemon juice, zest, shredded chicken, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley, and cook until heated through about 10 minutes.

4

Stir in the spinach right before serving. Ladle soup into bowls or serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Add lemon slices for garnish if desired. Enjoy!

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Upgrade your chicken noodle soup to this easy and flavorful chicken lemon orzo soup recipe!

chicken lemon orzo soup in a large pot

Need a nice bowl of comforting soup?

This easy and delicious recipe is not your grandma’s bowl of chicken noodle soup, but it will give you all of the same warm and cozy feelings! The star of this chicken lemon orzo soup is its lemony broth, which really adds a layer of bright, zesty flavor to this satisfying recipe.

bowl of chicken orzo soup

I have been recovering from having Covid and this soup comforted me!

As we start thinking about fall, it’s great to have an arsenal of fool-proof soups. This one is great to think about for cold/flu season. I personally found the broth and ingredients to be especially comforting while recovering from being sick as it tastes fresh and so delicious.

The noodles that you might find in traditional chicken noodle soup have been swapped out for orzo, which is a type of pasta shaped like a large, flat grain of rice. The chicken and veggies round out this dish to make it a complete and comforting meal in a bowl!

ingredients to make lemon chicken orzo soup

chopped veggies for lemon orzo soup

stirring veggies for chicken orzo soup

adding orzo to soup

adding lemon juice to soup

adding shredded chicken to chicken lemon orzo soup

adding spinach to pot of hot chicken orzo soup

finished pot of lemon chicken orzo soup


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Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup

yield: 8 SERVINGS

prep time: 15 MINUTES

cook time: 35 MINUTES

total time: 50 MINUTES

Warm up with a cup of this comforting soup that comes together quickly with fresh and satisfying flavors.

Ingredients

Directions

1

In a large pot, heat the butter and cook carrots, celery, and onion until softened and translucent. This will take about 5-10 minutes. Also, add the garlic and cook for a couple of additional minutes.

2

Pour in the broth and dried orzo. Let boil for about 10 minutes to soften the veggies.

3

Turn down the heat to simmer. Add in lemon juice, zest, shredded chicken, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and parsley, and cook until heated through about 10 minutes.

4

Stir in the spinach right before serving. Ladle soup into bowls or serve with freshly grated parmesan cheese. Add lemon slices for garnish if desired. Enjoy!

Additional Notes

Recipe adapted from allrecipes.com

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adding parmesan to lemon orzo chicken soup

Tips for making Chicken Lemon Orzo Soup:

  • For added convenience, I shredded and used part of a leftover rotisserie chicken. You could also use chopped chicken breast meat as well. If you wanted to cook a couple of raw chicken breasts, I would add them when adding the broth and boil until tender/cooked. You may need to add a cup or two of additional broth.
  • If you don’t have orzo, consider subbing in some rice instead for a similar result. Wild rice would taste delicious.
  • The orzo does tend to absorb the broth, so you may prefer to include some additional broth. The longer you let it sit, the more liquid the orzo will absorb, so be prepared to add more broth to this soup if you’re warming up leftovers the next day.
  • For the greens, I used baby spinach, however, chard or kale is also great. This adds a healthy burst of nutrients to your meal but is honestly optional if you’d prefer your soup without!

bowl next to pot of chicken lemon orzo soup

Yum, this meal is a winner, and tastes great as leftovers!

I’ve found this lemon orzo chicken soup recipe to be a delicious adaptation of traditional chicken noodle soup, and the leftovers are excellent, too!

My entire family really loves this as a hearty lunch or a warm, comforting dinner. I like to make a big pot of it so we can enjoy leftovers for lunch the next day, and this one tastes super fresh and crisp, even on day two. Enjoy!


See how I freeze this soup and others using Mason jars to reheat later!


About the writer:

Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 14

  1. Donna Smith

    I’m going to try this! Looks delicious! Thanks for the recipe!

  2. Jan L

    Looks delicious Lina; I can’t wait to try it! I make homemade soup twice a week in the winter and eventually tire of the same recipes. This reminds me of a soup from Panera that I enjoy.

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Awesome! And the original recipe (linked above) is a copycat Panera. So I bet this will taste similar! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

  3. Rios

    Looks and sounds delicious. I definitely going to try this soup. Thanks!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure- enjoy Rios!

  4. Nee

    This is so crazy because I just ordered this soup at The Corner Bakery Cafe for the first time yesterday!! It was tasty so now I’m happy I can try to make my own at home. Thanks, Lina!

  5. Emily

    I have a dwarf meyer lemon with a few ripe lemons right now and have been looking for a good way to use them! (Once you try a meyer lemon, you’ll never go back!) Thanks for a tasty looking recipe!!

    • Lina (Hip's Modern Martha)

      Sure! Enjoy ๐Ÿ˜€

  6. Amy

    Have you tried canned chicken in this recipe?

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      I haven’t, but I think this would be a great opportunity to use it!

      • Amy

        I tried it, and it was great! Thanks!

        • Anne (Hip Sidekick)

          So glad you enjoyed it, Amy!

  7. jill

    Lina, you made my whole day with this recipe ! thank you so much, I cannot wait to make this !!!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh GOOD! Enjoy Jill!

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