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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Simple ingredients make this delicious Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup an easy to make weeknight favorite. It’s clean-eating and hearty, and ready in 35 minutes!

Categories Soup
Difficulty Easy
Keyword lemon chicken and orzo soup, lemon chicken orzo soup, orzo soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 431 kcal
Author Lacey Baier of A Sweet Pea Chef


  • 1 lb boneless and skinless chicken thighs about 6
  • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt plus more to taste
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper plus more to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 1 yellow onion diced
  • 3 carrots diced
  • 2 celery stalks diced
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1/2 tsp dried thyme
  • 1/2 tsp dried rosemary
  • 5 1/2 cups chicken stock
  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice approx. 1 lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh Italian parsley finely chopped


  1. Dice the chicken into bite-size cubes. This is easiest to do if the chicken is just slightly frozen.
  2. Season the chicken cubes with the salt and pepper.
  3. Heat a stock pot with 1 tbsp. olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the seasoned chicken and cook until well-browned, stirring occasionally, about 8-10 minutes. Once browned, remove from stock pot and set aside, reserving the drippings in the pot.
  4. Add the remaining oil to the pot.
  5. Add the onion, carrots, and celery and cook until the onion is tender, about 6 minutes.
  6. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute, until fragrant.
  7. Add the thyme, rosemary, chicken stock, and orzo and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium and simmer, uncovered, until orzo and carrots are tender, approx. 10-12 minutes.
  8. Add the lemon juice and parsley and stir to combine.
  9. Season to taste.
  10. *If storing for later, you will likely need to add additional chicken stock upon reheating since the orzo will absorb more liquid if not eaten right away.
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 431 Calories from Fat 143
% Daily Value*
Fat 15.9g24%
Saturated Fat 3.4g17%
Cholesterol 116.5mg39%
Sodium 1346.1mg56%
Carbohydrates 36.1g12%
Fiber 3.1g12%
Sugar 9.7g11%
Protein 34.4g69%
Vitamin A 2250IU45%
Vitamin C 17.3mg21%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2.5mg14%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.