Tuesday, January 6, 2015

lemon chicken orzo soup

I'm really not that big of a soup person. I really wish I was, but for some reason it has just never been my favorite thing to eat! However, I'm always down for some chicken noodle soup. So when I saw the recipe for this lemon chicken orzo soup, I knew I had to try it out! The lemon is the perfect touch in the broth!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup (recipe slightly adapted from Damn Delicious)


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into chunks (we used 1 lb and it definitely was not enough!)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (I just used the kind that is preminced in a jar)
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced (this and the celery measurements can be done based on preference!)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta (more or less depending on how much pasta you want!)
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot over medium heat. Season chicken chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. Add chicken to the stockpot and cook until golden, about 2-3 minutes; set aside.
  • Add remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the stockpot. Stir in garlic, carrots and celery. Cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 3-4 minutes. Stir in thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  • Whisk in chicken stock, bay leaves and 1 cup water; 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. (<- you definitely need this, but it can be done individually to each person's taste!)
Are you a soup person? What's your favorite soup?

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  1. I am not a soup person either, but in a really cold weather it is the perfect thing!


  2. Yum this recipe sounds so good! Lemon chicken is like comfort food at this point since my mom made it so much growing up. To put it in soup sounds perfect, especially on a snowy day like today.

    prosecco in the park

  3. I'm a huge fan of soups, especially in the winter, and this one reminds me of one of my favorites, a lemon, rice & chicken one!

  4. This looks delicious! Especially for the cold weather we are having! XO

  5. That soup looks so comforting. I wish I had that right now. Great post.

    K. of Pure & Complex


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