It takes just 30 minutes to whip up this aromatic, hearty lemon chicken soup with orzo dish and it’s bound to be a hit with everyone in the family, especially when winter rolls around – which seems like it will be sooner than we want this fall.
Lemon Chicken Soup
Chicken noodle soup is a comfort food in every home and this variation is just as good. I love finding another way to serve up one of my favourite dishes so if you’re a chicken noodle soup fan don’t forget to try my 15-minute chicken mushroom Udon noodle soup too.
Just one taste of this deliciously warming lemon chicken soup with orzo will transport you right back to your youth. It’s creamy but still slurp-able just like you’d expect from any good chicken noodle soup. And the filling orzo pasta makes it substantial enough to make you feel like you’ve had a proper meal too!
How To Make Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo
- Heat up some olive oil over medium heat (you’ll need a large pot for this) and cook the onion, celery, and carrots in the oil for around 5 minutes until they start to soften. Once the onion is translucent, it’s time to throw in some garlic and keep stirring for another minute or so.
- Add some thyme, salt, black pepper, bay leaf, and oregano to season and cook for another 30 seconds. The mouth-watering aroma is really going to start hitting the kitchen at this point!
- After 30 seconds, pour the chicken broth into the pot and bring it to boil. Then reduce the heat down to medium-low, partially cover the pot, and allow it to simmer for about 10 minutes. You want the vegetables to be just the right amount of tender before stirring in the orzo.
- Stir in the orzo and keep cooking until it’s softened. Then add the lemon juice and cook for another 5 minutes until it’s all heated through.
- Once that’s done, you’re at the final hurdle and it’s time to add the chicken and spinach. Keep cooking for another few minutes until the spinach has wilted into the broth and the chicken is completely cooked through.
- Finally – grab a ladle to serve the soup into bowls and garnish with a few slices of lemon and a sprinkling of Parmesan cheese.
Tips And Tricks For Making This Soup
- For a chunkier soup, reduce the amount of broth you use and if you like a more brothy soup go for about 2 extra cups.
- Go vegetarian with this dish by using white beans and a protein substitute instead of chicken.
- This lemon chicken soup can actually be made with any kind of pasta! Even rice will work, but just remember that rice can take longer to cook depending on what type you’re using. With white rice, it’ll take around 15 minutes.
- You can whip this dish up even faster if you use pre-shredded chicken. You can pick some up in your local deli or use up any leftovers you have from my yummy rotisserie chicken.
- Try to use fresh herbs where you can, it makes all the difference and really gives a flavour boost to the soup.
If you’re prepping this soup in advance you’ll need to cook the orzo separately and combine it with the soup when you’re heating it up.
More Chicken Soup Recipes For You To Enjoy
- Slow Cooker Chicken Stew
- Curried Sweet Potato Soup With Chicken
- Cream of Chicken & Cauliflower Soup
- Cornish Game Hen Soup
Happy cooking! As a lemon lover this healthy soup is going right onto the monthly menu for the winter. I love how fresh and zippy it is with the lemon and the Parmesan, it’s a good way to shake things up. And like I said, use a rotisserie chicken for a fast and easy cheat!
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Lemon Chicken Soup With Orzo
Lemon chicken soup with orzo is a zesty, healthy and easy to make soup that the entire family will love! The light lemon flavor goes perfectly with the hearty chicken, vegetables and orzo.
- Prep Time
- 30 minutes
- American, Greek
- Karlynn Johnston
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup of diced carrots
- 1 cup of diced celery
- 1 medium white onion diced
- 1 tbsp minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 bay leaf
- 6 cups of chicken broth
- 1/2 cup dried orzo
- 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2 large chicken breasts cooked and diced
- 1/2 package frozen spinach
- 1 tbsp fresh dill
- 1 lemon sliced for garnish
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook and stir carrots, celery, and onion in hot oil until the vegetables begin to soften and the onion becomes translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more.
Season mixture with thyme, oregano, salt, black pepper, and bay leaf; continue cooking another 30 seconds before pouring chicken broth into the pot.
Bring the broth to a boil. Partially cover the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes.
Stir in the orzo, then cook until softened. Add the, lemon juice into the broth Cook until the chicken and orzo are heated through, about 5 minutes.
Add the spinach and the chicken; cook until the spinach wilts into the broth and the chicken is heated through, around 4-5 minutes.
Ladle the soup into bowls; garnish with lemon slices and sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
Use a store bought rotisserie chicken to save time on this recipe!
All calories and info are based on a third party calculator and are only an estimate. Actual nutritional info will vary with brands used, your measuring methods, portion sizes and more.