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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth. It is PURE COMFORT in a bowl!

Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth. It is PURE COMFORT in a bowl!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth. It is 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!

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.

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 - Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth. It is PURE COMFORT in a bowl!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Chockfull of hearty veggies and tender chicken in a refreshing lemony broth. It is PURE COMFORT in a bowl!

10 minutes20 minutes

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

Directions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Serve immediately.

Adapted from foodiecrush.

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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.

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283 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this twice for my family and they love it!

  2. Rated 4 out of 5

    I thought, as is, the soup was pretty bland. I added more salt & pepper. I also really wanted the lemon flavor to stand out so I added lemon zest & juice from 2 lemons. Also just used 6 cups of broth for more flavor. I also added some fresh baby spinach right before serving. A bit of fresh ginger at the end was good as well.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    I have made this recipe (actually) dozens of times over the past several years and it never gets old. Sometimes we do it exactly as written, other times we’ve added mushrooms, added extra chicken and veggies and left-out the orzo, or replaced orzo with zucchini noodles. It is in our regular rotation and we love it!

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this yesterday. I seasoned my chicken thighs and roasted them in the oven then cut them up for the soup but basically followed the rest of the recipe as written. Used fresh thyme and rosemary. I feel so cozy when I eat this. 

  5. Rated 4 out of 5

    It was pretty good, although a little bland. Not sure what to do to change, but my son liked it. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    You are missing out. if you don’t
    make this soup. Don’t change a thing. It is perfect as is.

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This soup is amazing! Exactly what I wanted it to taste like. Full disclosure, I used the DD homemade chicken stock in the instant pot recipe for the stock and then I also used the zest of the lemon I later juiced because I personally love lemon. To me, it was not overpowering at all. I also used a bunch of fresh thyme and then dried rosemary because that’s what I had. Overall, this hits all the comfort marks of soup, but still light enough for our long southern summers. 

    • Do you know if I can use rice instead of orzo pasta? And if yes would you cook the rice before adding to the soup recipe?

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is an amazing recipe. I followed it to the T and the husband couldn’t get enough. Thank you so much for sharing 

  9. Rated 5 out of 5

    This soup was perfect dinner dish in this transition between summer and fall. Still light and refreshing, but warm and comforting on a rainy night like last night. We ate it on the screened in porch with french bread, and it was a big hit!

    We were out of bay leaves so I just went without. We used a full sprig of rosemary, freshly picked from our neighbor’s bush, and took it out after it was done cooking. It came out tasting *perfectly* spiced. We’re definitely going to put this one on rotation!

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    Th is was the best soup yet…… I put it in the crockpot.had to work. Walked  in the door an oh my so good thanks.

  11. Rated 4 out of 5

    Something was missing from this and I can’t put my finger on it. And I used homemade stock!  I wasn’t fond of  the thighs in this soup. Looked too gnarly. Next time I’ll maybe use fresh thyme and rotisserie chicken breasts.  Maybe a tsp of jarred chicken Better Than Bouillon to kick up the flavor?

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great recipe! I used a grilled chicken breast instead of thighs. Came out delicious!!!

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Just made this and it turned out great. Warm, comforting, and filling, and the fresh parsley and lemon juice really brightened and elevated the flavor. This recipe is very forgiving…the carrots and celery I used were far from fresh since I was just trying to clean out the fridge, but the finished product is still delicious. Very simple and I will definitely make this one again (with fresher ingredients!).

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    need to add little more spice

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious soup! I accompanied it with a panini. My mom is not a fan of carrots and I heard some commentary while I was serving about carrots in the soup. Yet not a peep during the meal and raved about it at the end. Wanted to make sure I put away leftovers. Big hit -thank you!!

  16. Rated 5 out of 5

    Fantastic! Followed recipe pretty much, but started with four skin on bone-in thighs and brown them well and then took them out and started sauteing the veggies. Made a double batch and ended up putting lots of lemon zest in it because my girlfriend said it didn’t taste like lemon….IT DUE NOW!!

  17. Sounds delicious.  Would like to make it before my knee surgery.  Can it be frozen?

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. It was absolutely delicious! A keeper and can’t wait to make it for my son and daughter in law! I did make my own chicken stock from the Kosher Palette cookbook.

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this soup multiple times! I love it! I have also used chicken stock with white wine and substituted the chicken for vegan chicken to make it vegetarian. This is the absolute best recipe I’ve tried for this particular soup. Thanks so much for this!

  20. Rated 5 out of 5

    This soup is light but still hearty with tons of flavor! I can not recommend this recipe enough! I can’t wait to make this again!

  21. I’ve just made a batch up to compliment my intermittent fasting. 6 generous and balanced meals packed with flavour and nutrients. Absolutely delish and perfect for those days when you aren’t feeling great or you are feeling sluggish and need a reset to the diet. I added some chilli flakes for an extra bang! 

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    I can’t thank you enough for this soup recipe! Chemo makes food taste like paste. A month or so ago I wanted chicken noodle soup as a comfort thing. When I feel awful, that’s what I want to eat. I made regular chicken noodle and couldn’t taste anything. I hunted up something different and found this recipe and thought…lemon that’s what I need. I added lemon to my soup and was able to eat it. Then I made this recipe and I’m so happy I did. I double batch it, store it in portion sizes in my freezer including separate containers of the orzo. For the 10 days after chemo that my taste buds are gone, I eat a bowl of this soup every day. It’s easy to make with staples most homes have and most grocery stores have available even during COVID challenging times. Thanks again for the recipe, it’s really appreciated!

  23. Rated 3 out of 5

    I followed the directions but it was kind of bland. I’m thinking maybe cooking the chicken with olive oil and some red wine might help. And maybe another seasoning or two. Not sure what they would be but the taste needs to be elevated some. Maybe a quarter stick of butter would help as well?

  24. ❤❤❤ this soup! I used fresh herbs ( rosemary and thyme) just cuz I had both on hand. The rosemary leaves broke off and i didnt care for floating leaves in my soup…so i took the time to strain them out. Great flavor, easy prep! The lemon gives it a bright note but not overpowering! I had leftover orzo in my fridge which was the reason i tried this recipe. Added orzo at end just to reheat. Perfection!

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    Every weekend during the fall and winter I make a different soup recipe for Sunday dinner and pair it with homemade bread  and salad.   I made this to rave reviews from my family and then made it again for the Souper  Bowl at my office the following week.  It won first place and has become my personal favorite! Love the website and your delicious recipes!  Home style chicken noodle is on the menu for today.  Keep the wonderful recipes coming!  Thanks!

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      So so delicious!  I made this for my mom on her last day of chemo and she couldn’t get enough.  I did make 1 mistake and added too much orzo.  The 3/4 cup didn’t seem like enough but I ended up scooping out orzo before I served it and I had to add extra stock.  PSA—Do not add extra orzo!  I am making this again this week and I will follow the recipe exactly.  

  26. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made this and it was so good. I do not like dark meat (thighs) so I used chicken breasts and it was still tender and flavorful. I would add the juice of a half of a lemon though not a whole one as it was a bit overpowering. This is a yummy, hearty perfect-for-winter soup!

  27. Rated 4 out of 5

    This recipe sounds great.  I am making it tomorrow in the crockpot and adding the cooked orzo after the soup is done!

    • Did you just brown the chicken in a pan and throw everything but the orzo in a crockpot? I want to try cooking it in my crockpot but not sure if I’ll mess it up.

  28. Rated 5 out of 5

    I tweaked this with leftover turkey that I baked in January… I know that is a little weird but this recipe was delicious! I think it is the lemon that TRULY makes it. We like spice/heat, so I may drop some slices of fresh jalapeno in next time. And it is super easy to follow!

    I may have to try with quinoa or bulgar, as I have some on hand.

  29. Rated 5 out of 5

    What a treat! My husband, who hates it when I break tradition, Loves it! The herbs and lemon really make this soup wonderful

  30. Rated 4 out of 5

    I really liked this recipe! Not a huge fan of celery stalks so I just used salt & it was overall pretty good. Easy to double the recipe too

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    Making today. This soup never disappoints. My granddaughter is a very picky eater and she absolutely loves this soup. Most recipes I will change a little to suit me but I wouldn’t change a thing on this one except for to double it. 

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious!! My family loved it. Great hearty soup

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    I wish they would say how much a serving size is for accurate calorie count. The soup turned out great. I like how it wasn’t so salty and you could add as you wish. It takes 10-12 minutes to cook the chicken not 2-3. My husband loves it! I would probably use a little less orzo and less than a whole lemon for juice. I kind of didn’t like how lemony it was. 

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent recipe — easy and absolutely delicious! We make this soup every other week in the fall and winter.

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    This is a perfect recipe. Make absolutely no changes to it. The chicken thighs are so, so flavorful – don’t be tempted to use breasts. The aroma will remind you of a traditional chicken noodle soup as it simmers. Then you add the lemon and–oh baby!–this soup is anything but traditional. The lemon adds the perfect amount of acid to cut through the richness of the chicken thighs and bring out all of the amazing flavors. This is my new go-to chicken soup!

  36. I added turmeric in it for its many health benefits and anti inflammatory properties specially for those days when you’re under the weather . Great comfort soup !

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    This soup is delicious. We often add fresh chopped kale instead of spinach. Also quinoa instead of orzo. Or even day old rice. I usually add the pasta or rice on a per bowl basis so the rice/orzo doesn’t get gooey. The quinoa is perfect for sitting in the soup and for left overs. Enjoy!

  38. excited to try!
    May i know the amount of chicken stock required in ml please?
    Thanks 🙂

  39. Rated 5 out of 5

    I just made this tonight. My 4 year old actually said, ”mom this soup was super good, thanks for making it.” Mind blown! Thank you!!

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made it! It was delicious! 
    I made mine without chicken or chicken broth so that it could be vegetarian friendly. 
    I also added two tablespoons of fresh minced ginger. 1 cup of  corn and one tablespoon of rocoto paste (I’m Peruvian). 
    I also added more orzo 1 cup and 2 oz since I didn’t have the chicken.
    Thank you so much for sharing this. I’ve been sick and had to call of work for 2 days but I’m instantly feeling better with this delicious soup!
    Thank you!

  41. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing flavor, everyone loves it so much I am constantly asked to make it.
    We usually add fresh baby spinach just before serving with big croutons!!

  42. Just in the process of making this soup. It sounds wonderful but I would like to comment on the prep time. I think someone made a mistake. It definitely takes more than 10 minutes to get all those ingredients chopped and measured out. The time should be corrected.

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Amazing wouldn’t change a thing. It was just the pick-me-up my family needed on a rainy day :]

  44. Rated 5 out of 5

    This soup is so delicious! Our whole family loves it. 
    Do you have suggestions for how best to make it in the morning and serve that night for dinner? 
    Thanks!

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    The BEST soup. I make it a couple of times a month! It’s so good. Love it! If your looking for a delicious chicken soup recipe, look no further! 

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    My family loved this! The only negative is that it only made 5 bowls! Next time I will double the recipe!

  47. What’s the amount of lemon juice needed?

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    I love this recipe! I’ve made it many times. It’s wonderful, thank you for your recipes.

  49. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG this is the best soup ever!  Simply delicious and fills that homemade craving for sure. Will be making another, double batch this weekend!

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious soup! My bf was feeling under the weather and it didn’t feel right to give him that instant stuff LOL
    This soup was quick and easy to make and he loved it!
    Thank you!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this recipe a couple of times for friends and family who were sick with the flu or some other ailment. It’s delicious and I swear it has magical healing powers!

  52. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super easy and damn delicious! I added a pinch of dill at the end like my Baba always did.

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    I normally do not like chicken soup but it was one of the best soups that I have ever made.   It’s light and  lemony and perfect for cold days. I would highly recommend. 

  54. Very good ! Comes together fast. Next time I’ll dice the chicken up smaller!!! Great for a cold day in November. Thank you!!!

  55. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was truly delicious on a chilly fall night. I did as others suggested, and let it simmer for several hours in the afternoon without the orzo. I cooked the orzo separately and added it at the last minute. Wonderful flavors – will definitely make again!!!

  56. Hi! I’m making this right now! I doubled up the recipe to have easy weeknight leftovers. I freeze flat in a vacuum bag, then just boil some water and pop the bag in on a busy night! I adore anything with lemon in it and my taste test gives it a thumbs up! Thanks for the easy and yummy recipe!

  57. My favorite chicken soup ever! The chicken thighs are super tender and melt in your mouth. The lemon and herbs give this an addicting kick. I’ve made this too many times to count and making it again tonight!

  58. This is awesome!  I had a fresh rosemary sprig from my garden that I used.  I love lemon and added more than the recipe calls for.  Make sure you use enough salt.  I will definitely make this again.

  59. Can I use regular regular pasta instead of orzo? And maybe add a little heavy cream? 

  60. Making this for the second time in as many weeks. Yummy! Only thing I’ve added this time is a little sweet corn. The whole family loves it, especially on a rainy day with TS Alberto bearing down. Thanks!

  61. This looks really good! Do you think I could sub Israeli couscous (pearl couscous) for the orzo? I have a bunch leftover that I’ve been wanting to use…do you know if I’d have to change the amount or cooking time?

  62. Hello!
    Can this be done in a slow cooker? Thanks 🙂

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  63. Made this today. Added chick peas and zucchini! Great recipe.

  64. Do you think this would work in the crockpot? I need something I can put together and walk away from tomorrow!

    • Unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  65. Wanted to pop in and let you know I made this soup last weekend and it’s AMAZING. So quick and easy to put together. I grew fresh rosemary for the first time this summer and have been looking for recipes using it. That sprig simmering in the soup really takes the flavor to a whole new level. I took the pot of soup to my daughter’s to share with her and her family-we all loved it. I’ll be making this recipe a lot down the road. Thanks so much for sharing it!

  66. Mmmmmm Chungah !!! This soup looks so good …. I can’t wait to make it . Looks
    like the perfect supper for these colder days ! Thank you !!!

  67. How should I cook the orzo if I do it separately? Just water or should I cook it with the ck stock ?

    Thank you!

  68. What size is your dutch oven?

  69. My husband and I love, love, love soup anytime of the year. We live in Florida. I just made this soup and couldn’t believe how good it is. This will be one of my go to soups. Thank you so much for this great recipe.

  70. Beautiful one pot wonder dish! Still haven’t used orzo before but I want to try (:

  71. A local restaurant in san leandro makes this, their Greek Lemon Chicken Rice soup, a few times a week and it is also delicious. I’m gonna try this version. Looks wonderful!!

    NOTE:  vid went too fast for me, had to replay a bunch of times and go back and look at somethings.  ALSO, the font used in the vid was too hard to read (i.e. # cups of chicken broth, and it said “1 lemon” but it’s ‘juice from 1 lemon’ …)  Please use a clearer font for easy reading.  Thx.

  72. This soup was so good! Perfect thing on a cold day. Only thing I did differently was add a little more orzo.

  73. This soup is my favorite chicken soup ever! The lemon and parsley at the end give it a super fresh taste and it’s pretty easy to put together. Love it!

  74. Can you use rotisserie chicken?

  75. This was just outstanding!  Had leftover rotisserie chicken and homemade chicken broth on hand.  I’d saved this recipe on Pinterest and pulled it out today.  I made it almost to recipe, just a couple of changes.  Rotisserie chicken and homemade broth, basmati rice instead of the orzo, added the zest of the lemon, and 1/2 the juice.  I added 1 can of cream of chicken soup just to give it a little more creaminess.  Made some rosemary focaccia to serve alongside with some fresh veggies.  The lemon makes this recipe!  Thanks for the fabulous recipe!

  76. This recipe has become our family favorite! I use ground chicken instead as I can get it from the farmers market. ..no chopping of chicken makes it even easier! S

  77. What is the exact serving size?

    • Sorry I don’t see it above.  The serving size was noted as 1-2 cups.

      • No worries at all! There’s a lot of comments to sift through.

      • I just had the soup it is fantastic and is my new favorite.  I didn’t have any lemons so I used a lime instead and it was really good. Also I just measured out 6 servings and it was 1 1/2 cups and if anyone does weight watchers the smart points is 8. Thank you for the recipe. I will be making again!

  78. Excellent recipe! I made it for my husband because he had a cold. He love it so much that he asked me to make it again the following day. Damn delicious!

  79. Everything I make of yours is damn delicious! This recipe is no different. Finally a chicken soup that taste like chicken soup should taste. I made it as written and would not change a thing.

  80. I made this last night, and the two of us finished it. Well, I had one bowl, but he had at least two. Delicious, simple. Thank you for sharing.

  81. I’m guessing the bay leaf and thyme are added when cooking the veggies?

    • Please refer to steps 2 and 3:

      2. 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.

      3. 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.

  82. Saw this beautiful soup and had to make immediately.  Just looked outside at my summer spice garden and it is flourishing. This is the perfect recipe to utilize the fresh herbs!

  83. Soo YUMMY! Being sick I was looking for a new chicken soup to make instead of my old tired recipe and this was a great choice! Thanks!

  84. FIVE STARS! I love chicken soup and this is one of the best had. Thanks!

  85. Thanks for this recipe!  This came out so amazingly well.  It was my first time cooking a soup and my girlfriend absolutely loved it. 

    It tasted even better on the second day as the orzo soaked up all of the flavor.

  86. This recipe sounds delicious! I would like to try making it in a pressure cooker. Do you know if I need to reduce the amount of liquid in that case? Thanks in advance!

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer with certainty as I have never used a pressure cooker before. As always, please use your best judgment.

  87. I am not typically a commenter, but I had to leave a note this time. This recipe is out of this world- soup-erb.
    I always get nervous when it comes to adding lemon to a recipe because it can really over power the flavors, but this was the perfect amount. The lemon, herbs and the orzo really made this soup a winner. I’ve shared your link at least six times with different groups of friends and even some strangers. Five stars all around! Thanks for sharing with all of us!

  88. I woke up sick this morning with a craving for chicken soup. I am, of course, home alone with no one to cook for me, so to Pinterest I went! I saved this recipe a while ago and rediscovered it as I was searching for a recipe this morning. Let me just say that it is delicious and oh so easy to make, especially since I’m sick. I didn’t have carrots, but it was still very tasty. I also added extra herbs as I had some left over. I will defiantly add this recipe to my regular rotation and it will be my go-to for sick days!

  89. This is what chicken soup should be. 🙂 My belly is smiling too!

  90. I just made this soup today and it is awesome!  Thank you for sharing!

  91. Made this tonight. Added juice from one more lemon just to kick it up a notch. It was fabulous. Thank you for posting for all to try!

  92. I am hoping to make this in the morning to serve for dinner.  Do I need to worry about adding the lemon too early?  I have read that doing so can inadvertently add a bitter flavor to a dish.  Should I add right before serving, as I will do with the orzo?  Thank you!

    Btw, I love all of your recipes!!  

  93. I made this tonight and it was wonderful. Only difference was that I doubled the recipe because I have a  teenager eating me out of house and home. We also love leftovers. Loved the hint of lemon in it and I know it will be perfect to serve throughout the year. Thank you!

  94. Very good soup, eating a bowl now, I used 2 lbs of chicken thighs, glad I bought extra cause by the time u trimmed fat off, I don’t think 1 lb would have been enough….

    This took longer to fix for me than stated too…. Did you trim fat off your chicken thighs or just dice them up?

    Thanks for the recipe.

  95. This is amazing and so comforting on this blustery winter day. Thank you for sharing.

  96. Turned out great. I used rotisserie chicken and topped it off with thinly sliced jalapeño peppers. The peppers worked really well with the lemon. I will definitely make again!

  97. Was so excited to make this and I wasn’t disappointed. The soup is delicious. This is a must to make over and over!

  98. We bought some orzo from the sale rack. My wife asks what are we going to do with that. Dunno, Google it. Found your soup and had it for dinner tonight. Wonderful! Guess I’ll be paying full price soon.

  99. After no having felt well, this was the perfect meal. So comforting and delicious! Thank you for another great recipe!

  100. This recipe is a favorite in our household. So light and so yummy! We usually double (or even sometimes triple) the recipe just so we can have leftovers for lunch. 🙂

  101. Oh, I just saw the comments about soggy noodles. I don’t know why, but as much as I normally abhor leftover noodles soup with noodle mush, this soup just doesn’t seem to do that. Probably because the orzo is so small, that even though it gets very tender, it’s not like a giant mushy egg noodle. I love a huge pot of this for leftover lunch all week.

  102. My whole family LOVES this soup! It’s such a staple in our house from the 3 year-old to the hubby. I used the Better than Boullion veggie stock concentrate & 3 lonely drumsticks from the freezer tonight since that’s what we had around and it was fabulous.

    It’s always fabulous. Our littlest likes to cool it off with some frozen corn at the table.

  103. This sounds YUMMO! Could I use boneless chicken breasts?

  104. Thank You this soup is damn delishous & fit to serve the queen! Just made it. I added 2 packets chicken noodle soup, 2 chicken stock cubes & 2 packets dried ramen noodles (prawn flavour with spice sachets included. I pre-grilled my chicken fillets with butter, cayenne pepper, salt and lime juice and then chopped it all up and added it. If using whole chicken will do same but not add the butter as there will then be enough chicken fat. Damn Delish is all I can say !!

  105. How big is a serving size. It is really great soup thanks

  106. what can I do to prevent the noodles from absorbing the liquids?

    • This is best served immediately because there is really no way around this. You can also keep the orzo separate and simply add before serving.

  107. This looks awesome for today. My better half is not feeling well (too much fun last night). This would be perfect for him. It is supposed to be “spring” however, we just got 4 inches of snow yesterday. Yuk!
    Thanks so much for sharing.

  108. I’ve never commented on a blog before, but I really just needed to say that yours is AMAZING!! Every single recipe on here that I’ve tried, from the kale & meyer lemon salad to this soup, has turned out delicious!! Thank you so much for sharing your delicious recipes!!

    – A (former) incompetent cook 🙂

  109. Delish! Added some baby spinach for some more greens, and it was awesome. That squeeze of lemon at the end gives it the perfect lightness and brightness 🙂 Thanks for always posting amazing recipes!

  110. Sounds and looks amazing. Glad I stumbled upon your blog.

  111. Delicious!! I am on my second bowl. Btw it is still breakfast time

  112. Made this last week, hubs and I both totally enjoyed it on a chilly afternoon. Leftovers from the fridge reheated just fine for several days (it’s just the 2 of us and this makes a large pot, at least 6-8 bowls, but that’s no problem, you’ll be happy to take your time to eat up the leftovers). Found I had to add more chicken broth to get soup (rather than stew) consistency that I wanted, but otherwise made as written. We added a squeeze of fresh lemon to each bowl at the table, just cause we’re lemon fans. Only thing I’d do differently next time is cut back a little on the orzo so the pot isn’t quite to stew-like. Chunga, I have loved everything I’ve made of yours, especially this soup and your Swedish Meatballs. You’re my new favorite chef!

  113. Oh my god. This was to die for. I am very very wary to try soup recipes, as I usually don’t like anything other than my grandmas. But boy oh boy, this was so incredibly delicious. I will be making this again and again and again. I wouldn’t change a thing. So so so good.

  114. sounds delicious! can I use dried rosemary and parsley instead of fresh?

  115. Made this tonight. Absolutely delicious!

  116. I was just able to throw this together this morning, in the middle of getting the kids to school, with some leftover baked chicken breast and frozen homemade chicken stock I had in the freezer. It is soooo good, and I can’t wait to have a huge bowl at work today, and send some to school with the kids!

  117. I made this tonight after work. I am so happy! (Happy sigh…)

  118. No one asked if this recipe could be doubled and do you double everything in it including the lemon and the water?Thanks-need this for a family get together….

  119. I made this tonight and it was deeeelicious! I added lemon zest and fresh, chopped spinach. It was a hit! I’ll definitely be making it again and again. Thank you for the great recipe!

  120. Man this was really damn delicious. I have to admit I was nervous about adding the juice from a whole lemon but I trusted your recipe and added it anyways. What a game changer. It’s bright but still savory. I love it! Thank you for sharing!

  121. Just made this today added 1 cup orzo & extra 1/2 c broth & added 1/4 c half & half

  122. Does anyone know why the cholesterol is so high in the nutritional info for this soup? That can’t be correct? I have high cholesterol but want to try it. My instinct is telling me this is a typo?

    • Hi Deb.
      I’m the Dietitian who put together the Nutrition Information for this recipe. The estimated amount of cholesterol is correct. Nearly all of the dietary cholesterol in this recipe is from the chicken.
      For someone with high blood cholesterol, the recommendation is to limit cholesterol intake to 200 mg/day. At 68.5 mg/serving, if you plan your other food for the day accordingly, this dish could fit into your diet.
      Also, please remember that dietary cholesterol has less of an effect on blood cholesterol than was once thought. The biggest dietary impact on blood cholesterol is actually synthetic trans fat!

  123. Making this tonight! Hope it makes my daughter and hubby feel better soon.. its snowy here tonight in Chicago and this soup is warming up the house with all the yummy smell goods. Thanks for sharing the recipe and those that shared their comments

  124. I just made this today — it’s freezing in the East Bay — and it was perfect! So flavorful yet simple. I definitely added too much rosemary (I put in one “sprig” as directed, but it was large), but it’s still deeeelish.

    Thanks for warming us up on a chilly day. 🙂

  125. My daughter and I just made this soup for some sick friends. It’s delicious!! I will be making it regularly. Thanx for another great recipe 😉

  126. Made this for lunch today for myself and my sick family. It was really good! I suggest using more water and less fresh lemon juice. 1 cup of water to 5 cups of chicken stock simply is not enough and juice from an entire lemon is too citrus-y. But! The citrus definitely is a nice addition to the taste. Looking forward to making this soup again! Thanks for sharing!

  127. I just made this tonight but instead of the 1 cup of water I swapped it for white cooking wine and it was delicious! One of the best homemade chicken soup recipes I’ve tried!

  128. this is such a fantastic and easy soup to make! i use rotisserie chicken and an italian herb medley, i rarely have fresh herbs in the house.
    thank you, it’s a family favorite.

  129. I have made this soup twice and I love it. Second time, I used rotisserie chicken because I didn’t feel like cooking the chicken and it still came out great! I do add extra lemon but I follow the recipe as stated.

  130. Loving this soup. It’s become a regular on my rotation this fall and into the winter. I’ve been adding in a bit of heavy whipping cream at the end to make it creamy and rich. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  131. I have a cold/sore throat/headache developing and loved that I could make this easily without sacrificing flavour! I also added some fresh ginger root to help with my sore throat and it was delish. I used dried parsley and celery since I didn’t have fresh on hand – still seemed great!!

  132. thank you for sharing this amazing recipe! It turned out amazing!!!

  133. The soup looks great, but most times Orzo is not Gluten Free. Did you find some that was?

  134. Just made this for dinner and it’s absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

  135. I made this last night for dinner. It tasted so amazing, I never want to eat canned soup again. (I have a horrible cold, and this is the only thing I ate this week that didn’t taste like the bottom of a pond).

  136. I have made nearly half of your recipes… You are my go to guru every time I need a meal, snack, soup…I have N.E.V.E R. been disappointed. I’m sure you won’t let me down tomorrow when I make this…infact I know it!!!

  137. This sounds delicious. My husband loves chicken noodle soup–mostly campbell’s!–and this would be such a great way to make it healthier and class it up! Maybe I can teach him a thing or two!

    One question: does the dried thyme rehydrate? I often don’t use it just because I don’t like the way it’s “hard” when I bite on it and it gets stuck in my teeth. Does it soften in the soup?

    • I haven’t found the thyme to “harden” in the soup but if you’d like, you can substitute other herbs such as basil, parsley, oregano, etc.

  138. Does this soup freeze well?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried freezing this myself – there were no leftovers left to freeze! I recommend using your best judgment for freezing and reheating.

  139. I’ve been making chicken soup for 30 years and this is the freshest, most delicious recipe I’ve ever made! Picky husband loved it. I’ll be making your copycat pasta fagoli this weekend as it’s one of my favorite soups. Thanks!

  140. I’m making this soon for a weeks worth of soup for my work-lunches. Should I leave the bay leaf in for a while? Discard as I divvy up amongst my Tupperware? Do I also remove the sprig of rosemary- or does it break up and become part of the soup? (I’m used to cooking with dried rosemary). Thanks!

    • Yes, it is best to discard the bay leaf before dividing up among servings. I also recommend adding the sprig of fresh rosemary right before serving.

  141. I made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious! So easy to out together and such a short cooking time, yet so flavorful! The addition of the lemon juice is genius and really makes the dish in my opinion. Thank you!

  142. Sorry i meant lime for lemon! Oops

  143. Can’t wait to make this! Can I sub lemon for lime?? Thx!

  144. Sure do wish it’d finally get cold so I can make this!!! *raises fists and curses the weather*

  145. Just made this soup and brought some over for a sick friend. Awesome flavour! A definite keeper:)

  146. I found this recipe over the weekend and have been looking forward to making it since! Trying it tonight

  147. Such a good recipe. The lemon and rosemary flavor it so well. Thanks!

  148. Why is there bacon in the pot in the first picture?

  149. Made this earlier for my family and they all loved it. Seconds and thirds were had and it was delicious. I just browned some thighs and tore the meat off them. But it was still delicious! Keeper for sure

  150. This looks delicious. Will this work with boneless, skinless chicken breasts?

  151. Has anyone tried this soup in a crock pot? I’m dying to try it and I would love to put it in the crock pot in the morning before I head off to work and come home to a delicious cup of soup.

  152. Made this last night for my boyfriend who is sick. It was delicious! The broth had amazing flavor. Will def. make again!

  153. So delicious! Perfect for nursing my two sick boys back to health. Thank you for the recipe!

  154. Great write up, I was getting a soar throat. This was just what I need to regain strength and energy.I also substituted the chicken stock with Better Than Bouillon. I highly recommend this ingredient.

  155. This looks delicious! Pinning now~making this weekend!

  156. How big does the pot need to be?

  157. I’m making this right now and just realized I forgot to set the chicken aside. I just kept adding everything to the pot. Hope the chicken doesn’t come out too dry ughhhh 🙁

  158. I just made this and it’s very good.Thanks for posting this on Pinterest.

  159. Just made this because I’m feeling a cold coming on…it definitely hit the spot! Thank you!

  160. I love how easy this recipe comes together. Tastes like it has been simmering all day. A hit with my family. Thanks!

  161. I just made this and threw in some kale. I also lazed out and used a rotisserie chicken. yummy! Thank you for the recipe.

  162. Oops just saw the answer above : )

  163. Would this freeze well? If so, should I do the orzo separate you think?

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  165. Just made this for dinner. Kids loved it. So simple and easy. Really light and fresh! Thanks!

  166. I I just made this. I roasted a chicken and then made my own stock from the carcass. It was wonderful. Thank you so much for the recipe

  167. I am making this today, I have a whole chicken in the crockpot with rosemary, onion, carrot, and celery, I will use the chicken and broth for this. I searched my stores for orzo but for some reason it isn’t carried around here 🙁 I will use either jasmine rice or some tiny ABC noodles that I have.

  168. I’ve made this for my husband before and he just loved it, requested I make it again tonight which I plan on doing, makes our house smell amazing! He requests one strange substitution though: for some reason the idea of orzo pasta freaks him out (don’t ask, lol) so I’ve subbed it out for the small star shaped pasta. Brings you back to your childhood of eating chicken and stars soup… except for the grown up, damn delicious lemon flavor! Thanks for the yummy recipe!

  169. I just made this soup and it’s absolutely delishes. I didn’t add the rosemary, because I didn’t have it on hand, but otherwise I love it! I was looking for recipes for my picky daughter and I think she will love it, too! Thanks!!

  170. I just made this soup and its delish. Just the right blend of aromatics make this a keeper. Thank you so much for the recipe and the great photos on your website!

  171. Have everything here to make this soup – as soon as the chicken thaws out. 🙂 Also love the comment that someone used their rice cooker to make soup in. I’ll try that but not when feeding my crowd since I have a small pot. Any help here would be appreciated. When I make rice in it I just close the lid and it does it’s own wonderful thing! Thank you for your fantastic recipes and insights.

  172. I made this soup. It was great, but looked different from yours. Your chicken stock is really yellow. Do you buy chance use a bullion cube? Or buy a certain type of chicken stock? I used Swanson and it looked very different than your picture.

  173. This was absolutely delicious, Chungah! Making again tonight for the fam, thanks for sharing

  174. It says cook chicken 3 min & set aside, then add more oil carrots celery etc. and cook 3-4 min… Is this in the same pot together with the chicken? The “set aside” part confused me, don’t want to overcook the chicken.

  175. My family loved this soup! It was easy to make too 🙂

  176. I know it says “serve immediately”, but I would like to bring it to a friend in a tupperware. Can I make it a day earlier than they will eat it, and refrigerate it? Or should I cook the orzo separately and just tell them to add it right before reheating?

  177. Hi, just wondering whether this could be made freezer friendly once it is cooked? Would the chicken/pasta be OK? I am very keen to try this, but since there is only my husband and myself I like to freeze some left over portions for future easy dinners 🙂

    • Claire, this can be freezer-friendly if you cook the orzo separately and keep it separate until serving. If not, the orzo will soak up all the liquid over time.

  178. This looks really good! Anyone know the calories per serving?

  179. I made this today. My house smelled divine while I was making it. Thank you for such a great recipe. This one is going to my list of “go to” ones.

  180. So yummy. Made this for lunch today. But I’m a vegetarian, so I made a couple of changes. Left out the chicken ( of course) and used homemade veggie broth. So good , so good.
    Really just looking for a good reason to make the house smell like rosemary. 🙂

  181. I made this tonight and it was wonderful! Hubby loved it! I used Basmati rice instead of orzo pasta, but everything else was the same. Thanks for another wonderful recipe!

  182. I just had a big bowl ok two bowls:) while sitting outside in the evening sun. It had just the right amount of lemon in it.

  183. I’ve never made soup before and tonight I made this for my family – it was great! I made it in a huuuge pot and my little family and I devoured it! Soo good for us taste wise and healthwise, it has become a favourite. Thank you!!! 🙂

  184. I just made this and it tastes delicious, simple fast and healthy..

  185. Can this be done in the crockpot?

    • Unfortunately, I cannot answer this with certainty as I have never tried making this in the slow cooker. I recommend using your own judgement to convert this recipe to utilize a crockpot.

  186. Hi,

    Could you substitute ground turkey for the chicken? Would that go well with the lemon flavor?

  187. I tried your soup today and was pleasantly surprised, I was concerned for the lemon flavour, it’s was great, brought some to a friends house and she thought it was amazing. Will make again. Thank you, Marie

  188. Would you swap out the chicken thighs for breast?

  189. Made it today, delicious and healthy soup!

  190. I’ve made tons of recipes from your site. They NEVER cease to impress! This one is no exception. Thank you so much for filling my and my family’s bellies with your damn delicious recipes. 🙂

  191. I so need this soup in my life right now! I’ve been so sick this week and hot soup and hot tea seem to be the only things that are working for me. This is going on the menu tonight for sure. Thanks for posting, Chung-Ah!

    • Oh no, feel better. And this is definitely one of those comfort foods that make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

  192. My poor daughter has been sick as a dog for a week! Been to the doctor twice to check for strep. He said she may have mono and there is no medicine to help. Just needs to run its course.
    This delicious soup was just what she needed! She loved the lemony flavor. Soooo delicious!
    I mean…So Damn Delicious!

  193. Soup is great any time of year! And lemon with chicken is one of my favorite soup combos – so comforting!

  194. I made this recipe over the weekend.. it was so very yummy and will be a regular… especially as we are going into Winter here…
    Thanks for an inspirational blog….
    Hugz

  195. Gorgeous! I tend to love lighter soups, like this one, especially when it’s warm out. I think it’s because when you’re sitting in an office in air conditioning a nice bowl of soup will warm you up!
    Thanks for sharing!

  196. Delicious recipe,definitely I will try it saturday !

  197. Thank yo for this recipe … I am buried in a case of bacterial pneumonia and this is just hitting the spot!!!

    (I make it in my rice cooker … I make all my soups in there as they cannot boil over!!! I actually made your Mexican Corn/Bean/Quinoa dish as a soup last week)

    So GLAD TO HAVE FOUND YOUR DAMNDELICIOUS SITE!!

  198. I love chicken soup, especially with lemon. I love any clear broth soup with lemon juice added…always adds something to the flavor…thanks for sharing!

  199. Gotta love good old fashioned comfort food!!

  200. This soup is delicious.

  201. Phenomenal. I let the soup minus the orzo simmer all afternoon. Added the orzo in, baked a premade loaf of French bread in the oven and voila! Awesome, fresh, homemade dinner. Thank you.

  202. this looks great! would rice be an OK substitute for the orzo?

  203. Gorgeous photos! Gotta try this soup!

  204. I’d just worked out that orzo is what we call risoni. And you confirmed it for me. Unlike you, we in the Southern Hemisphere, are fast heading into Winter (Autumn is already here with its variable weather), so chicken soup is a welcome recipe. Love the idea of lemon. Summer has been such a weird season with bushfires, rain and unusually cool days, that my lemon tree is only now coming to ripeness. I’m usually making lemon cordial before Christmas! So I should have enough ripe lemons for this luscious-sounding soup. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Hi MaryAnne yes it looks like risoni in the photo. Orzo is a cereal which translate in English as Barley we use it a lot here in Italy, it’s very different to risoni and is certainly delicious in soups. I can’t wait to try this recipe looks yummy!

      • Orzo is not barley. Barley is a cereal grain and the orzo used in the recipe is a pasta, made with semolina flour, salt and probably eggs, just like any other pasta, only shaped like rice. Barley is a different thing altogether, though it would probably be good, too.

  205. Love, love, this one! Its a major hit in my household. If you are looking for new soup recipe to wow your family with, this is it.

  206. How convenient that I happen to have both fresh rosemary and a bunch of orzo looking for a purpose!

  207. I’m so excited about your recipes. You’re doing such an amazing job. We came from Hawaii, and have missed the food ever since. The only place in the world that came close was the food in San Francisco. Chinese, Korean, and Thai food was everywhere in Honolulu. I’ve been trying to find my way back home ever since… Your recipes are helping….Thanks!!

    I have a question for you….There was a restaurant that had the most amazing Mandarin Chinese food. One of my favorite dishes was called Dry Fried Beef. It was crunchy marinated meat, similar to sesame beef; but, it was not saucy and not as sweet. It was breaded and sort of deep fried, and chewy, and to die for. Can you track something down in your travels, maybe?? I’ve searched everywhere to find a recipe….

  208. Sounds delicious! I love soup any time of the year!

  209. It’s raining here in Massachusetts so this will be perfect for dinner! Thanks for the spin on a classic!

  210. Thank you for the nice recipe.

  211. It’s great to see a chicken soup recipe this time of year…everyone else is having spring. It’s a chilly, damp, misty night here. A perfect soup night! And I want that red pot!

    • It’s funny because after I wrote out this post, it’s been raining cats and dogs since! And the red pot – it’s my new favorite. I had to invest in it a little bit since I couldn’t find this color at TJ Maxx/Marshall’s but it’s worth every single penny.

    • Meijers and krogers carry an enameled cast iron in red.

  212. Chicken soup is the best, I just love this recipe!