This lemon chicken orzo soup will become your new go-to chicken soup. The fresh, creamy, lemony broth is the perfect slurping soup for chilly evenings, and the orzo rice-shaped pasta fills you up just like hearty comfort food should!
Everyone should have many soup recipes in their repertoire for easy meals. The great thing about soups is how versatile they are. I love making them in large batches for get-togethers or just for my family and having leftovers for the next day’s lunch. Everyone loves a filling soup on a chilly evening. It’s so helpful to have a large selection of soup recipes to choose from. This lemon chicken orzo soup is a soup you’ll want to make again and again. Its fresh dill taste and bright colors make this soup one for the recipe collection!
What To Serve With This Soup
This lemon chicken orzo soup is so filling that I often eat it solo. But, I know a good side can really make a meal. Here are some of my favorites:
- Apple Cheddar Scones
- Garden Salad
- Store bought sourdough bread or fresh baguette
- Pomegranate Salad with Maple Candied Walnuts
- Honey Crisp Apple and Feta Salad
- Top with croutons for some crunch
More Delicious Soup Recipes:
- Cranberry & Wild Rice Soup
- Cauliflower & Sausage Soup
- Pineapple Cinnamon Chili
- Apple Cider Butternut Squash
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes! You can easily freeze this soup. If you decide to freeze, I suggest freezing without the orzo pasta. Freezing can change the texture of the pasta. I recommend adding the orzo when reheating!
Orzo is known as the rice pasta, but it is not actually made from rice, it is a type of pasta that looks like rice and is made from grain, semolina, or white flour.
Orzo pasta is not naturally gluten-free, and there are many gluten-free orzo options out there. Big name pasta companies have gluten-free orzo options in many grocery stores.
You’ll find orzo in the pasta aisle next to your favorite spaghetti or bowties.
In a large pot, cook carrot, celery and onion in the melted butter over medium heat until the vegetables are tender. Add the minced garlic and stir well and cook for an additional few minutes.
Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken broth, oregano and celery seed, and chicken breasts.
Raise the heat slightly to allow soup to simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove the chicken when fully cooked and shred and set aside. (Tip for shredding the chicken: use a hand held mixer for the fasted way to shred chicken ever)
Add the orzo and cook for 8-10 minutes. Test a few pieces of the orzo to ensure it’s fully cooked.
To finish the soup, add the shredded chicken back to the soup and add the zest of one lemon and lemon juice, whole milk, cream, and fresh dill—season with more salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
- 2 tablespoon butter
- 2 cups carrots diced
- 1 cup celery diced
- 2 cups onion diced
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- salt & pepper
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 tsp oregano dried
- ½ tsp celery seed
- 2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
- ½ cup dried orzo pasta
- zest from one lemon
- 3 ½ tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- ⅓ cup fresh dill chopped
- 2 cups whole milk
- 1 cup light cream
- In a large pot, cook carrot, celery and onion in the melted butter over medium heat until the vegetables are tender. Add the minced garlic and stir well and cook for an additional few minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper. Add chicken broth, oregano and celery seed, and chicken breasts.
- Raise the heat slightly to allow soup to simmer, covered, for 20 minutes. Remove the chicken when fully cooked and shred and set aside. Add the orzo and cook for 8-10 minutes. Test a few pieces of the orzo to ensure it’s fully cooked.
- To finish the soup, add the shredded chicken back to the soup and add the zest of one lemon and lemon juice, whole milk, cream, and fresh dill—season with more salt and pepper to taste and enjoy!
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The flavour was amazing, the kids loved it! We are just going to add more orzo in next time as a personal preference. Will be making again soon!
This is honestly my all time favourite soup. The flavour is perfect.
I feel like this soup could even be enjoyed in summer and spring because it has such a fresh taste to it all while keeping with comfort! I like to use bone broth in it.
Amazing! - super easy to make and the flavour is incredible. The lemon and dill give it a pop of freshness which we love!
We loved this! Easy recipe that delivered a deliciously fresh, packed-with-flavour soup. It's a keeper!