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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup {Easy One Pot Meal}

This Easy One Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is so delicious and comforting - it's also freezer-friendly and perfect for meal prepping!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Calories: 259kcal


  • 4 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breast
  • 1 bouquet garni 2-3 springs of fresh thyme, 2-3 sprigs of fresh rosemary, 2 sprigs of fresh oregano, and 3 bay leaves tied tightly together with kitchen twine
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1 cup orzo, uncooked
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped for garnish optional


  • Heat olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  • When the olive oil is hot and begins to shimmer, add carrots, onion, celery, and garlic. Stir frequently and cook until fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  • Add chicken, bouquet garni, broth, turmeric, salt, and pepper and stir to combine. Bring the soup to a boil and lower the heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, occasionally stirring to prevent burning.
  • Add orzo and cook for another 10 minutes uncovered, or until the orzo is done. Stir frequently to prevent the orzo from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
  • Remove the bouquet garni and discard.
  • Remove the chicken breast and use a food thermometer to check for an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit. If the chicken has not reached 165 degrees, return it to the pot, simmer for another 5 minutes, and recheck it. Otherwise, shred the chicken using two forks and return it to the soup.
  • Stir in lemon juice and add more to taste. Garnish with fresh chopped parsley and serve.


Calories: 259kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 912mg | Potassium: 642mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 2922IU | Vitamin C: 21mg | Calcium: 71mg | Iron: 3mg