Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Tender chicken, orzo pasta, and chunky veggies in a flavorful broth with a Hint of lemon! All topped with a little parmesan cheese, this lemon chicken orzo soup can’t be beat.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

I love soup! This lemon orzo chicken soup is a great alternative to the classic chicken noodle soup. The lemon juice gives it a zesty flavor that is irresistible. And the chunks of chicken with the orzo pasta is a delicious bite. Plus all of the best veggies in there as well! It’s comfort food with a refreshing light feel to it. The best of both worlds if you ask me.

This soup can be made in 30 minutes so you won’t be slaving in the kitchen all day. It also serves about 12 people which means it makes a lot. And we all know reheated soup is always delicious.

What is Orzo?

Orzo is one of my favorite forms of pasta. It’s a small type of pasta that is shaped like a big grain of rice. It has a little bit of a bite to it and it goes deliciously in this lemon chicken soup.

It also cooks super fast – under 5 minutes! For this recipe you want to cook the orzo so that it’s just partially cooked. Drain the pasta and rinse it with cold water so that it stops cooking.

Diced Chicken for Orzo Soup

How to Make Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

In a soup pot, sauté the carrots and celery until they begin to soften. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute. Add the herbs, salt and pepper and continue cooking while adding in the chicken broth.

Once the soup is boiling, partially cover it, reduce the heat, and cook for 10 minutes until the veggies are soft and tender. Stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. We reduced the quantity of lemon juice by a bit, but you can definitely add another ¼ cup if you really like the lemon flavor. Add in the cubed chicken (for our favorite baked chicken recipe GO HERE) and orzo pasta and cook for another 5 minutes. Add the spinach last and let it wilt.

Garnish ideas for this soup:

  • lemons
  • shredded parmesan cheese
  • thyme
  • oregano

Can you make chicken orzo soup in the slow cooker?

Yes! Add the chopped carrots, celery, chicken broth, and seasonings to your crock pot. Cook on low for 6-8 hours, or high for 3-4. Around 30 minutes prior to serving the soup, add the cooked chicken, lemon juice, spinach, and orzo to the slow cooker. Stir frequently so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom. Season with salt & pepper, and garnish with lemon and parmesan cheese.

Can you use shredded chicken instead?

Of course – shredded and cubed both work great on this recipe!

How to Store Leftover orzo soup?

You can store leftovers in an air-tight container and keep it in the fridge or you can even freeze it. Add it back to a pot and heat up to thaw and recook. Easy!

One of my favorite things to do it put some of the soup into a big mason jar with a lid and deliver it to a friend who is under the weather or just doesn’t have time to make dinner.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

5 from 4 votes
Tender chicken, orzo pasta, and chunky veggies in a flavorful lemon broth! All topped with a little parmesan cheese, this lemon chicken orzo soup can't be beat.
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 164 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 8 oz orzo pasta
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 3 carrots chopped
  • 3 celery sticks chopped
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 lemon zested
  • 8 oz cooked chicken chopped
  • 1 8 oz pkg baby spinach leaves
  • 1 lemon sliced, for garnish
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese grated


  • Cook orzo in boiling water about 5 minutes, until partially cooked through but not yet soft; drain and rinse with cold water until cooled.
  • Saute carrots and celery until they just begin to soften. Add garlic and cook 1 minute more. Add thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper; continue cooking another 30 seconds then add chicken broth.
  • Bring to a boil; partially cover pot, reduce heat, and cook about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  • Stir orzo, lemon juice, lemon zest, and chicken into the broth and cook an additional 5 minutes, until orzo has softened. Add spinach and let wilt. Serve into bowls and garnish with lemon slices and Parmesan cheese. 

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    My husband absolutely LOVES this recipe and requests it every month!!! It is a family favorite. So easy to make too!