Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a healthy, fresh soup bursting with bright lemony flavor! It is full of delicious vegetables, tender orzo pasta and hearty chunks of chicken. This is pure comfort food that is easy to make and everyone will be standing in line for seconds!
I am taking full advantage of the winter months and wanted to share with you another delicious soup! Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup. Now I know I say this a lot….but it’s true, this is one of my very favorites. It’s not a very popular soup and I’m really not quite sure why?
That definitely needs to change!
I was talking to my Mom recently about carbs and pasta. The best way to enjoy them in your diet without overdoing it. Many of my family members are diabetic, so carbs are always a concern. Mom was saying when she makes spaghetti, she only uses about a nickel’s worth of dry pasta (unlike me who pours the whole box in) for just the two of us….
So along these lines, when I was working on this recipe, I’ve made it more times than I can count. The first time I made it I made a HUGE batch and (wrote the recipe accordingly) using 3 quarts of chicken stock and well….since it’s just Dan and I, we ate this for days.
The second time I made this I used less chicken stock but did not adequately reduce the amount of pasta and ended up with a lemony orzo chicken casserole rather than soup, which though quite delicious, was not what I was going for either…
Just like Goldilocks and The Three Bears the third time was just right!
I reduced the orzo to 1/3 of a cup (seriously down from the full cup I started with.) Resulting in a creamy, delicious, lemony and light soup. A satisfying meal to serve for an easy lunch and paired with a salad, a delicious dinner!
Steps to make Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
- peel and dice the vegetables – sauté
- add the stock and lemon juice, bring to a boil
- add the pasta and boil until al dente
- remove from heat, stir in the diced cooked chicken and cream.
Simple enough, right?
I love this meal because most of the time I make it, I’m utilizing leftovers. It only takes a bit of chicken, white meat or dark meat, either will work. It’s a quick meal but it doesn’t compromise on flavor.
Grocery List for Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
- leftover cooked chicken
- onion, celery, carrots and garlic
- orzo pasta
- chicken stock
- half and half or heavy cream (I’ve even used sour cream in a pinch)
- parmesan cheese
- one lemon
I’d love to hear what you think of this recipe. Have you tried it? Do you love this recipe? Be sure to rate it five stars below!
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a healthy, fresh soup bursting with bright lemony flavor! It is full of vegetables, tender orzo pasta and hearty chunks of chicken. This is pure comfort food that is easy to make and everyone will be standing in line for seconds!
Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a healthy, fresh soup bursting with bright lemony flavor! It is full of vegetables, tender orzo pasta and hearty chunks of chicken. This is pure comfort food that is easy to make and everyone will want seconds!
- 1 tablespoon oil
- 1 small onion diced
- 1 carrot chopped
- 1 stalk celery chopped
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 1 cups shredded cooked chicken
- 1/3 cup orzo pasta
- 1/2 cup heavy cream
- 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
- 1 teaspoon lemon zest and juice of 1/2 lemon
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon pepper
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 bay leaf
In a large stockpot heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, celery - season with salt, pepper (red & black) and add the bay leaf. Sauté until just tender, about 5 minutes.
- Next, add the garlic & saute until fragrant, about another 30 seconds. Add the lemon juice, zest, chicken stock. Bring to a boil & add the orzo, stirring occasionally.
Cook uncovered, stirring constantly - this will release the starch in the soup and help thicken it. Cook until the orzo is just al dente - depending on the brand 6-9 minutes.
Remove from heat and add the chicken and cream & heat thru.
Remove the bay leaf & adjust seasonings if necessary (may need a bit more salt & pepper). It's ready to serve!
* If you like a really thick stew rather than soup, increase the amount of pasta to 1/2 cup.
You’ll have some leftover orzo after making this soup and here are some delicious recipes to make and enjoy to use up those leftovers!
If you’re looking for a couple recipes to compare this one with Damn Delicious serves up a great bowl and you can find that recipe by clicking here.
More chicken soup recipes? Here are a few more of my favorites.
What to make for dinner? How about Chicken Tortellini Soup – only 30 minutes to make and so delicious, it’s a great meal to serve your family.
Want that slow cooked soup without all the work and time? Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup uses a rotisserie chicken and store bought chicken stock, delish!
Are you hungry? 30 minutes and this big pot of Chicken Tetrazzini Stew will be ready to serve! This makes eight generous servings and will also freeze well.