Easy Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup

Change a couple of ingredients in your Chicken Noodle Soup and you will have a fresh and Easy Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup perfect for any lunch or dinner.

Pot of Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup.

My family never likes me to “experiment” with what they already enjoy; rearranging the furniture (that always threw them for a loop, too) or changing a recipe. So, instead of our normal chicken soup, I told my family that this was a “new” recipe, “Easy Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup.” They love it and now they request this soup with the pasta that looks like rice.

Upclose photo of red pot of Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup.

The addition of lemon really gives the soup a somewhat unexpected fresh and tangy flavor. Just enough to perk up your senses! And, of course, add a side salad and some Gr8 homemade bread!

Low white bowl of Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup.

Adding cooked chicken makes this an easy pot of soup to make especially when you have left over chicken to use. Another idea would be to buy a roasted chicken from the market or why not use any leftover turkey from your holiday meal in place of the chicken.

Enjoy!

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Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup

Change a couple of ingredients in your Chicken Noodle Soup and you will have a fresh and Easy Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup perfect for any lunch or dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time27 mins
Total Time42 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Kyle

Ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 large carrots, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 lemon , zested
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice, 1 1/2 – 2 lemons needed
  • 2-3 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 large handfuls fresh spinach
  • grated parmesan, to sprinkle on top of the soup
  • lemon wedges , for serving

Instructions

  • Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a medium size dutch oven or soup pot.
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery and bay leaf and stir to combine with the oil. Cook for about 7 minutes until the onion becomes translucent. 
  • Add the garlic and salt and pepper to the vegetable mixture and stir while cooking for another minute.
  • Add the broth and over medium-high heat bring the soup to a low boil.
  • Stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice, chicken and orzo and cook for another 10 minutes. Remove the bay leaf.
  • Stir in the spinach right before serving.
  • Serve with grated parmesan sprinkled on top and extra lemon wedges on the side. Enjoy!
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2 COMMENTS

  1. Kyle | 12th Jan 20

    Thank you Lon for the feedback! So glad you are enjoying it! Thanks for being a Gr8 Friend!!!

  2. Claudia Kerns | 12th Jan 20

    Just made Kyle’s Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup!! Highly recommend! Lasts for a few days and taste better each day. A family favorite!!

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