Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a light and refreshing dish with a perfect balance of citrusy flavors and hearty ingredients. Here’s a simple recipe for you to try:


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 8 cups chicken broth (low-sodium)
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 cups cooked and shredded chicken breast
  • Zest and juice of 2 lemons
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Fresh dill for garnish (optional)


  1. Sauté Vegetables:
    • In a large pot, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add chopped onion, diced carrots, and diced celery. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5-7 minutes.
  2. Add Garlic and Herbs:
    • Add minced garlic, dried thyme, dried oregano, salt, and pepper. Sauté for an additional 1-2 minutes until the garlic becomes fragrant.
  3. Pour in Chicken Broth:
    • Pour in the chicken broth, bring to a simmer, and let it cook for about 10 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  4. Cook Orzo Pasta:
    • Add the uncooked orzo pasta to the simmering broth. Cook according to the package instructions until the orzo is al dente.
  5. Add Chicken:
    • Stir in the shredded chicken and continue simmering until the chicken is heated through.
  6. Add Lemon Zest and Juice:
    • Add the zest and juice of the lemons to the soup. Adjust the amount of lemon juice to your taste preference.
  7. Season and Garnish:
    • Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper. Stir in chopped fresh parsley.
  8. Serve:
    • Ladle the Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup into bowls. Garnish with fresh dill if desired.

This soup is perfect for a light and comforting meal. The combination of lemon, herbs, and chicken creates a refreshing and flavorful broth. Adjust the ingredients and seasoning to suit your taste preferences. Enjoy!

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