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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup – The Forked Spoon

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This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is light, cozy, and super easy to make. It uses healthy everyday ingredients like hearty vegetables and tender chicken in a bright and flavorful lemony broth. Satisfying and delicious, it is sure to become a family favorite.

Shallow white soup bowl filled with lemon chicken orzo soup filled with shredded chicken, carrots, celery, orzo, and peas.

Easy Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

This lemon chicken orzo soup comes with delicious layers of fresh flavor thanks to its nourishing herb and lemon broth. A soup loved by the whole family, it’s like a ray of sunshine on a cold winter’s day. And unlike most pasta soups where I typically tell you to “cook the pasta separately!”, orzo is durable enough to be cooked directly in the pot, thus making this a true one-pot soup recipe.

What You’ll Need to Make This Recipe

  • Butter and Olive Oil
  • Onion, Carrots, and Celery
  • Garlic
  • Italian Seasoning and Crushed Red Pepper (optional)
  • All-Purpose Flour (optional)
  • Chicken Broth or Chicken Stock
  • Chicken Thighs or Chicken Breasts
  • Orzo Pasta
  • Lemon
  • Frozen Peas

Recipe Substitutions & Variations

  • This recipe can be made using either chicken thighs or chicken breasts. Chicken thighs have more flavor and are less likely to dry out from prolonged cooking, so it’s usually my go-to when cooking soups.
  • The all-purpose flour is optional. The flour helps to thicken the broth just a little, without making it feel heavy. To make this soup gluten-free, simply leave out the flour completely or substitute it with certified gluten-free flour.
  • Try adding additional veggies like fresh baby spinach, kale, or zucchini.
Large pot filled will simmering lemon chicken orzo soup.

How to Make Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Full ingredients and instructions are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post.

Cook the onion, carrots, and celery in a large pot or Dutch oven with butter and olive oil. Season with Italian seasoning, salt, black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Sauté for 5 minutes or so, or until the vegetables begin to soften. Add the minced garlic, and cook until fragrant (about 30 seconds).

Reduce the temperature to medium heat and sprinkle the veggies with 2-3 tablespoons of all-purpose flour. Mix well to combine the flour with the vegetables. Stirring continuously, slowly adding the chicken stock followed by the raw chicken pieces.

Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes. Stir in the orzo and continue to cook, uncovered, for an additional 15 minutes. Stir often.

Remove the chicken from the soup and shred or chop it into small bite-size pieces. Return the cooked chicken back to the soup and add the fresh lemon juice and frozen peas. Continue to cook for an additional 2-3 minutes. Season with additional salt and black pepper, as needed.

I love to garnish my bowl of soup with grated parmesan cheese or crumbled feta cheese and chopped parsley.

Recipe Tip

For even more lemon flavor, try adding some lemon zest. A Microplane grater makes zesting lemons super easy.

Ladle hovering in a large pot filled with chicken lemon orzo soup.

How to Serve

Just the other night I changed things up and served this delicious soup with refrigerated buttery biscuits (so easy!), but I usually serve it with whole wheat toast and butter. Sometimes I’ll add a light and fresh salad, like this arugula salad with shaved parmesan.

More Chicken Soup Recipes

If you try making this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe, please leave me a comment below! I always love to read your thoughts and feedback!

Shallow white soup bowl filled with lemon chicken orzo soup filled with shredded chicken, carrots, celery, orzo, and peas.
Shallow white soup bowl filled with lemon chicken orzo soup filled with shredded chicken, carrots, celery, orzo, and peas.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup