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  • Writer's pictureAlison Golding

Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

Updated: Nov 19, 2022

This isn’t your grandma’s chicken soup! This lemon orzo soup recipe is the perfect mix of comforting, healthy and packed with flavour. It’s a favourite in our house and hopefully will become a new favourite for you as well.


1 tbsp olive oil

1 large onion, chopped

3 medium carrots, diced

3 ribs celery, diced

2 cloves garlic, minced

6 c chicken broth

3 uncooked chicken breasts, chopped

2 c fresh spinach, chopped (or you can use frozen)

3/4 c uncooked orzo (or substitute for rice for a gluten-free option)

Juice of 1 lemon

1 tsp lemon zest

1 tsp dried thyme

½ tsp dried oregano

½ tsp turmeric

Salt and pepper (to taste)

Chopped fresh parsley (optional)


Saute the onion, carrot, celery and garlic in olive oil over medium heat for about 5 minutes or until softened. Add thyme, turmeric, oregano, broth, chicken, spinach and lemon juice and zest. Bring to a boil and then add orzo, reduce, cover and cook for 20 minutes. Add salt, pepper and parsley to taste.

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