Chicken, Lemon and Orzo Soup

Chicken, Lemon and Orzo Soup

Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Chicken, Lemon and Orzo Soup Recipe

I hope when you see this bowl of Chicken, Lemon and Orzo Soup that your mouth starts to water, and you immediately run to your fridge and pantry to see if you have all the ingredients so you can make this tonight. If not, quick run to the store. Your family will thank you!

Light and lemony this soup is hearty and healthy with lots of tender chicken, chopped carrots, and kale. However you can substitute spinach for the kale if that’s what you prefer and/or have on hand. With the addition of oregano, you’ve just traveled to Greece without ever leaving your own home kitchen. Oompah!

Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Chicken, Lemon and Orzo Soup Recipe

Serves: 6-8       Prep Time: 20 minutes     Cook Time: 20 minutes

2 tablespoons canola oil
2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1″ pieces
2 large carrots, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 medium onion, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 lemon, thinly sliced and seeded
32 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
5 cups water
2 tablespoons butter
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon oregano
2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
4 cups coarsely chopped kale or whole baby spinach leaves
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon lemon zest

-Working in two batches, brown the chicken in the oil on medium/high heat in a large stock pot. Remove the chicken and set aside.
-In the same stock pot, saute the carrots and onion over medium heat for approximately 3-4 minutes. Add in the lemon slices and the browned chicken.
-Stir in the chicken broth, water, butter, salt, pepper and oregano. Bring to a low boil.
-Stir in the orzo pasta and kale and allow the soup cook for approximately 12-15 minutes.
-Reduce the heat to low and stir in the lemon juice and lemon zest. Stir to combine.
-Remove the simmered lemon slices from earlier.
-Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with fresh lemon slices if desired.

Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Chicken, Lemon and Orzo Soup Recipe

This soup has fantastic lemony flavor with a minimal amount of cooking time. Don’t forget to taste the soup before you serve it to adjust the seasonings to your own taste if needed. Serve this soup alongside a nice salad for additional veggie power, and a wonderful loaf of crusty bread. Better ring the dinner bell…the soup is served!

And now for a something else light and fresh to go along with the fresh lemon flavor in the soup, because winter has been brutal, and we ALL need a little touch of spring right about now!  I think these yellow monarch wine glasses would be so pretty set in front of a nice bowl of Chicken, Lemon and Orzo Soup. Filled of course 😉

Kudos Kitchen By Renee - Yellow Monarch wine glasses
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