Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

I can’t say enough wonderful things about this soup. Definitely didn’t see this one coming! Dad brought us another stockpile of whole fryer chickens – which is the perfect size to roast, then break down and turn into soup. But, we wanted something a little different. While I love my classics (chicken and noodle, chicken and rice) I wanted something a little different. I had a half a box of orzo, and some pretty lemons – so I went to Google to see what it could direct me too.

It led me to this recipe from Cooking Light, and it turned out exceptional. We enjoyed it for dinner last Sunday night, I ate the leftovers for lunch all week long, and was disappointed when it was all gone! Which, isn’t like me at all – I’m usually over leftovers on day 2. The lemon in it is just perfect – not enough to make you pucker or be overpowering – but just enough to brighten up the flavor of the broth.

I also think it’s a great dish to segue into spring. Still a warm and comforting soup on a chilly evening, but brings the fresh flavors of lemon and fresh parsley to the table. I’m already thinking about the next time we’ll make it! All of us in the house are still thinking and talking about this one. Definitely a new family favorite.


  1. Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:40 AM | Permalink

    Yum, love the addition of the lemon in here! I’d hoped to be over soup at this point but since winter is still very much here this is perfect!

  2. Posted March 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM | Permalink

    I love Orzo! More people need to use it, it’s one of my favorites.

    • Posted March 18, 2013 at 6:59 PM | Permalink

      I concur. Especially great for soups, because it doesn’t get all bloated the way other pastas do. Holds it’s texture and shape well, even after a couple days!

  3. Posted March 18, 2013 at 4:39 PM | Permalink

    This soup sounds so yummy. I have like a 1/4 box of Orzo in the pantry which means this will definitely be on my list to make soon 🙂

  4. Posted March 18, 2013 at 8:50 PM | Permalink

    I think I’ve tried this soup…love anything with lemon and orzo together!

  5. Michelle
    Posted March 21, 2013 at 6:38 PM | Permalink

    Just made this. Only had one lemon, but it was delicious!

  6. Posted March 21, 2013 at 9:55 PM | Permalink

    This reminds me of one of my favorite soups — Greek Avgolemono. It’s an egg-lemon soup with chicken, orzo, celery, etc. There’s nothing like fresh lemon juice to brighten up a chicken soup! Your soup looks so delicious.

  7. Debra
    Posted March 31, 2013 at 8:39 PM | Permalink

    This is the soup I make when someone in thr family, or a neighbor or friend has a cold or flu. It’s the perfect combination of flavors and has everything healthy to battle those germs. If I am out of orzo, I subdtitute rice. Be well!

  8. mary L
    Posted April 10, 2013 at 10:16 AM | Permalink

    Sounds delicious ! They occasionally have this soup at Panera and I’ve been wanting to try and make it… thanks for the recipe !

  9. Lemon Chicken
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 1:20 AM | Permalink

    Wow its simple. I tried it at home, it was delicious. I used small size chicken breast to marinate for 4 hours in refregerator. Rest of the procedure, i followed you. Thanks for this great Lemon chicken recipe.

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