lemon orzo chicken soup

Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

BEST Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

To make the best most comforting, and healthy Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup is actually easy as 1,2,3 and delicious as can be! It’s actually a very affordable dish to, featuring boneless skinless chicken thighs, lemon, fresh herbs, and orzo. I think the whole family will enjoy.


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♬ original sound – Mealtime with Melissa

lemon orzo chicken soup



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    • Always work with room temperature proteins

    • pat the chicken dry before adding to the pan

    • and don’t mess with it! Never move the protein around on the pan; add the chicken or any protein and let it brown undisturbed for at least 5 minutes. This will result in perfect caramelization and a browned glazed protein.

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BEST Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs

  • juice of 1 lemon

  • zest of 1 lemon

  • 1 cup of orzo

  • 2 carrots peeled and diced

  • 2 stalks of celery diced

  • 1 onion diced

  • 6 cloves of garlic diced

  • 1 tbsp. of garlic powder

  • salt and cracked black pepper to taste

  • 1 spring of rosemary

  • 2 bay leaves

  • 6 oz. of white wine; I use chardonnay

  • 4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

  • 4 cups of water

  • a handful of chopped fresh Italian Parsley

How To:

    1. season chicken thighs with salt, pepper, and about 1/2 tbsp. of garlic powder

    2. brown in a stock pot or dutch oven for about 5 minutes each side then remove to a plate

    3. in the same pot sauté the carrots, onion, celery, lemon zest, and fresh garlic with more salt, pepper, and garlic powder until the veggies are translucent and slightly golden

    4. deglaze the pan with white wine

    5. add juice of 1 lemon, chicken broth, and water; bring to a boil

    6. rough chop the chicken thighs into bite size pieces and add to the pot

    7. cover the pot halfway and lower to about medium heat and allow to simmer for at least 20 minutes

    8. once it’s done simmering add chopped fresh Italian Parsley

    9. serve it up (I like to add freshly grated Pecorino Romano to mine) and ENJOY! =-)


2 replies
    • Melissa Jo
      Melissa Jo says:

      you add the orzo 10-12 minutes before you are ready to serve. Simmer the rest of the ingredients beforehand at least 15-20 minutes before adding. The orzo will be soft after 10-12 minutes. Then add the fresh parsley and serve. =-)

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