Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  – it’s pure comfort in a bowl!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

We’ve been having such gorgeous 70-degree weather out here in the Bay Area. I can finally run in my shorts and take long walks in my flip flops. But even in this perfect weather, I could still always use a bowl of chicken noodle soup. It doesn’t even matter if I’m sick with the flu or if I have the cleanest bill of health – this soup can be eaten any day of the week, any time of day!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

But don’t be fooled – this isn’t your ordinary chicken noodle soup. The traditional noodles are swapped out and orzo is used instead, which is a pasta shaped like a large grain of rice. And my favorite part about this soup is the freshly squeezed lemon juice. It’s pure comfort in a bowl with a hint of refreshing, lemony goodness. Plus, this comes together in just 30 minutes, filling the house with the most amazing aroma.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth  - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

So there you have it – quick, easy, hearty and sure to be a hit with the entire family. You can’t beat that!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Prep Time 10 minutes

Cook Time 20 minutes

Total Time 30 minutes

Yield 6 servings

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth - it's pure comfort in a bowl!

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 5 cups chicken stock
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large stockpot or Dutch oven over medium heat. Season chicken thighs 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. Add garlic, onion, 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.
  • Serve immediately.

Notes

Adapted from foodiecrush

http://damndelicious.net/2014/04/25/lemon-chicken-orzo-soup/

Why It’s A Smart Choice

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 6

Amount Per Serving
Calories 300.8 Calories from Fat 106.2
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.8g 18%
Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 68.5mg 23%
Sodium 377.8mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 23.7g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 6.5g
Protein 23.9g 48%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

This is a whole, balanced meal in one bowl! In terms of nutrients, there’s a nice balance of protein, fat, carbs, and water. In terms of food groups, this soup has veggies, meat, and grains. Packing a balanced lunch doesn’t get any easier than taking a bowl of this soup to work or school!

Nutritional information provided by Jessica Penner, RD at Smart Nutrition.