Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Try this light and lemony homemade chicken soup for dinner tonight.
20 minPrep Time 50 minTotal Time 8Servings
8 ounces boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 medium (3/4 cup) carrot, chopped
1 small (3/4 cup) onion, chopped
2 ribs (3/4 cup) celery, chopped
2 tablespoons freshly grated lemon zest
1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme leaves
32 ounces (4 cups) chicken broth
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 cups water
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
Thinly sliced lemon slices, if desired
Chopped fresh parsley
How to make
- STEP 1Melt Butter with Olive Oil & Sea Salt in saucepan over medium-high heat just until sizzling. Add chicken; cook, stirring occasionally, until chicken is no longer pink. Add carrot, onion, celery, lemon zest, pepper and thyme. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are crisply tender. Add chicken broth and lemon juice; cook until mixture comes to a boil. Continue cooking until vegetables are tender. Reduce heat to low.
- STEP 2Bring water and salt to a boil in large saucepan. Add orzo; cook 9-11 minutes or until orzo is softened but slightly firm. Drain.
- STEP 3Place 1/3 cup cooked orzo into bottom of each soup bowl. Ladle soup over orzo. Top each bowl with lemon slice and chopped parsley, if desired.