Looking for a warm and comforting soup to make on a chilly day? This lemon chicken orzo soup is exactly what you need! Made with fresh ingredients and bursting with flavor, this recipe will become your new go-to for when you need some extra comfort.
2 celery stalks
1 white onion
5 garlic cloves
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon of flour
4 cups of chicken broth: *can make chicken broth recipe day or morning prior & use leftover chicken for this soup*
1/4 tsp black pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp garlic powder
1 cup orzo
2 lb of shredded chicken *shred rotisserie chicken from store, bake chicken in oven, use chicken from homemade broth recipe or add raw chicken before pasta*
Juice of 1 medium lemon
2 tbsp fresh parsley
Extra salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste
Begin by prepping your vegetables. Peel and dice the carrots, celery stalks, and onion. Mince the garlic cloves and set aside.
In a large soup pot, heat the extra virgin olive oil & melt the butter over medium-high heat. Add in the diced vegetables and sauté for 5-7 minutes until they start to soften.
Sprinkle the flour in to the veggies.
Slowly pour in the chicken broth while continuously stirring to combine. Add in the water, black pepper, salt, and garlic powder, and stir.
If cooking chicken in soup, add next.
Bring the soup to a boil, then reduce heat to low and let it simmer for 10 minutes if using pre-made chicken. If cooking chicken in soup, keep on medium heat for 30 minutes or until chicken has an internal temperature of 165F. Take out and shred.
While shredding chicken, add orzo to soup. Cook for 8 minutes.
Add the shredded chicken to the soup and let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes.
Squeeze in the juice of one lemon and stir to combin.
Add fresh parsley and salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste.
Don't forget to serve this soup with some crusty bread for dipping :) or add in some cooked vegetables like broccoli or spinach for extra nutrition. Feel free to be creative and adapt this recipe to your own taste preferences. And don't worry about exact measurements, cooking is all about experimenting and finding what works best for you.
Also, don't be afraid to make a large batch of this soup and freeze it for later. It makes for a great meal prep option or an easy go-to dinner on busy nights. If you're feeling under the weather, this soup is sure to provide some much-needed comfort and nourishment. So go ahead and give this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup a try, I promise you won't be disappointed. Happy cooking!
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