Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a light yet satisfying dish, perfect for any season. It combines the bright flavor of lemon with tender chicken, vegetables, and orzo pasta, creating a comforting and refreshing meal.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • Juice and zest of 2 lemons
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • Optional: grated Parmesan cheese for serving


  1. In a large pot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion, carrots, and celery, and sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  3. Place the chicken pieces in the pot. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes.
  5. Remove the chicken from the pot and shred it using two forks. Return the shredded chicken to the pot.
  6. Add the orzo, lemon juice, lemon zest, and dried thyme to the soup. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 10-12 minutes, or until the orzo is tender.
  7. Stir in the fresh parsley before serving.
  8. Serve the soup hot, with grated Parmesan cheese on top if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

  • Calories: 250
  • Fat: 6g
  • Carbohydrates: 28g
  • Protein: 20g

Prep and Cooking Time

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cooking Time: 45 minutes


  • Serves: 4-6 people

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a delightful and easy-to-make dish that is both nourishing and flavorful. The zesty lemon adds a refreshing twist, making it a popular choice for both light lunches and hearty dinners. Serve this soup with a slice of crusty bread for a complete and satisfying meal.

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