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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

Lil' Luna
Bright and hearty homemade lemon chicken orzo soup is swimming in a flavorful broth. This lemon chicken orzo soup can't be beat.
5 from 4 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Soup
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 164 kcal


  • 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. 


Calories: 164kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 10gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 20mgSodium: 168mgPotassium: 194mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 2680IUVitamin C: 12.9mgCalcium: 119mgIron: 0.8mg
Keyword Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
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