Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Nov 21

The weather is finally starting to be consistently cold/chilly here in Virginia. I’m still wearing a fall trench coat because I don’t want to admit that it’s winter and break out the more appropriate outerwear.

Regardless, it’s the perfect weather for soup! I made this soup, recipe adapted from Two Peas and Their Pod, last Saturday and ate it for breakfast and lunch. Maybe soup is weird for breakfast, but for me, it was perfect!

I may or may not have eaten two other kinds of soups for first and second dinner….yes, I ate two dinners in a day and both were soup…

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup -- Food Ramblings

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  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and sliced
  • 1 celery stalk, sliced
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 head of cauliflower, chopped
  • 1/3 cup lemon jusice
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 2 chicken breasts, cooked and shredded
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Difficulty: easy


Using a large pot over medium-high heat, heat oil and then saute onion, garlic, carrots, cauliflower, and celery, for about 5-10 minutes.

Add chicken broth, lemon juice, bay leaves. Bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook for about 8 minutes, until the orzo is tender. Stir occasionally. Then add chicken. Make sure chicken is heated through, about 5 minutes.

Remove pot from the heat, and remove the bay leaves. Stir in the parsley and salt and pepper (add more, depending on taste preferences. Ladle into bowls and serve!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup -- Food Ramblings

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Comments: 52

  1. Amy Desrosiers Nov 22 at 4:57 pm Reply

    Yum! This sounds like a tasty twist on a traditional soup!

  2. Alicia Taylor Nov 22 at 5:44 pm Reply

    I’m betting that my kids would love this to chase away the winter chill here in Minnesota! We are already on our 4th snow!

  3. Cynthia L Nov 22 at 7:12 pm Reply

    Cold weather is soup weather. We have soup for dinner a couple times a week during the fall and winter. This soup looks really good. thanks for sharing the recipe.

  4. Pam Nov 22 at 7:18 pm Reply

    This soup has some of my favorite ingredients, lemon and chicken. Perfect for cold weather!

  5. Orzo is my favorite soup pasta, I’m not sure why but I’ve always loved the little bits. The recipe sounds delicious, thanks for sharing!

  6. I have orzo and chicken broth in my pantry, I am so trying this recipe. Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup sounds like a great winter time dinner, just add a salad and warm soft roll. I am hungry now.

  7. I love orzo! Total comfort food for me.

  8. brett Nov 22 at 9:29 pm Reply

    great rainy day food — lemon and orzo are 2 of my faves :)

  9. I love trying new soups!

  10. kathy balman Nov 22 at 11:06 pm Reply

    I love soups in the winter! This sounds great!

  11. Lisa Nov 22 at 11:20 pm Reply

    That looks amazing. I’ll have to try this!

  12. katherine Nov 22 at 11:39 pm Reply

    This sounds perfect for when you’re sick!

  13. Dawn Lopez Nov 23 at 1:24 am Reply

    This sounds so tasty, the combination of lemon and the orzo sounds stellar! I’m going to need to try this, thanks!

  14. Danyelle Nov 23 at 3:29 am Reply

    I haven’t tried orzo yet! This recipe looks great, going to have to try this one out!

  15. Dawn Nov 23 at 4:41 am Reply

    Mmmm….I love any soup with chicken!

  16. Jennifer B Nov 23 at 6:27 am Reply

    Yum this sounds good on a chilly day!

  17. Mama to 5 BLessings Nov 23 at 9:33 am Reply

    the lemon added to it sounds nice – a nice twist of zest!

  18. Jess C Nov 23 at 9:59 am Reply

    Always looking for new soup recipes! This one looks interesting :)

  19. Janeane Davis Nov 23 at 10:04 am Reply

    Wow, this sounds so delicious and it combines some great things, lemon chicken and orzo soup! Winning.

  20. Love that blog! This soup sounds delicious :)

  21. Amber Edwards Nov 23 at 1:01 pm Reply

    That sounds absolutely delicious! Especially as I”m fighting off a horrible cold. Who wants to bring me a bowl? :) lol. But seriously I want some. YUM.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 1:54 pm Reply

      Thanks Amber– you definitely need a bowl of this!

  22. Ellen Nov 23 at 2:07 pm Reply

    Looks really good. I love chicken soups!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 1:55 pm Reply

      Thanks Ellen! I love soups too!

  23. Shannah @ Just Us Four Nov 23 at 2:27 pm Reply

    Yummy! I love adding orzo to soup in place of more traditional noodles.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 1:56 pm Reply

      Thanks Shannah!

  24. Trisha D. Nov 23 at 3:41 pm Reply

    Perfect ideal soup for the cold flu season. Definitely a must add to the cook book:)

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 1:56 pm Reply

      Thanks Trisha– perfect for when you’re sick!

  25. Dee Nov 23 at 6:43 pm Reply

    This looks like something we would love!

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 1:56 pm Reply

      Thanks Dee!

  26. Danielle @ We Have It All Nov 24 at 2:07 pm Reply

    I’ve never tried this before, never heard of it i either… thanks for the recipe, I’m going to give it a try.

    • Elizabeth Dec 10 at 1:56 pm Reply

      Thanks Danielle- please let me know how you like it!

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