Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

January 05, 2024

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Recipe adapted from Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup at damndelicious.net

Makes 6 servings

- 2TBS olive oil, divided

- 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts cut into 1-inch pieces

- kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

- 3 cloves of minced garlic or 1TBS garlic paste

-1 onion peeled and diced

- 3 carrots peeled and diced

- 2 celery stalks diced

-1/2 tsp dried thyme

-5 cups chicken stock

- 1 cup water

- 2 bay leaves

-3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta

- 1 sprig fresh rosemary

-juice of 1 lemon

- 2 TBS chopped fresh parsley leaves


Heat 1 TBS olive oil in stock pot over medium heat. Season chicken with salt and pepper and add chicken to stock pot and cook until golden. About 2-3 minuted per side. Set aside.

Add remaining olive oil in stockpot. Add garlic, onion, celery and carrots. Cook over medium low heat, stirring frequently, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in thyme for about 1 minute until fragrant. 

Whisk in chicken stock, bay leaves, 1cup of water and bring to a boil. Stir in orzo, rosemary and chicken. Reduce heat and simmer until orzo is tender, about 10-12 minutes

Stir in lemon juice and parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Serve immediately


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