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lemon chicken orzo soup garnished with parsley in a bowl with a spoon
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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This lemon chicken orzo soup is simple, healthy, and packed with flavor! It is a quick one-pot recipe that is simply perfect for a nutritious and delicious meal.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean-Inspired
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 413kcal


  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 onion finely diced
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 1.5 pounds chicken thighs or drumsticks with bones and skin
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 stalks celery finely diced
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup orzo
  • ½ lemon juiced, additional juice and zest to taste
  • parsley (optional) for garnish


  • Preheat olive oil in a pot over medium heat. Then sauté the onion and garlic until the onion turns translucent.
  • Next, add the chicken to the pot, season with salt and pepper, and sauté until it has browned.
  • Now add the carrots, celery, chicken broth, and bay leaf. Bring the soup to a boil. Then lower the heat, cover the pot and let the soup simmer for 15 minutes.
  • After letting the soup simmer, add the orzo. Cover the pot and let the soup simmer for around 10 minutes until the orzo is tender.
  • Shortly before the soup is done cooking, take out the chicken and shred it with two forks. Then add back the chicken pieces.
  • Add the lemon juice and take out the bay leaf. Garnish with parsley (optional) and enjoy!


  • Lemon: I recommend starting with ½ lemon and adding more lemon juice or lemon zest if needed. If you use large lemons, start with less than ½ lemon.
  • Chicken broth: As the orzo soaks up some of the liquid, you might want to use more chicken broth than I did. I found 6 cups were perfect, but feel free to add more chicken broth if needed.


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 413kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 1446mg | Potassium: 874mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 7723IU | Vitamin C: 51mg | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 2mg