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Lemony Garlic Chicken and Orzo Soup, also known as cozy winter soup that’s light and healthy. Caramelized garlic, fresh herbs, lots of lemon, kale, and chicken broth all make for a tasty, warming soup. There’s even some orzo pasta for good measure, because I do believe that every good soup needs carbs. This is quick, easy, and SO DELICIOUS. You can make it on the stove or in the crockpot, either way it’s going to be good. The aroma will fill your home with the cozy smell of homemade chicken soup…that’s heavy on the garlic…and the lemon. So the best kind of chicken soup!
Please tell me that you guys are still very much enjoying soup? Because over here, it’s still very much soup weather, with temperatures dipping into the negatives overnight. Surely soup weather, right?
In all seriousness, over the last few months I’ve been making a new soup recipe every other week. You’d think I might start to get sick of it, or run out of new ideas. But nope, soup is still exciting me. Crossing my fingers you feel the same way.
This is actually a soup I made a few weeks ago over Christmas. I quickly realized that I needed to have a large batch of something continually simmering away on the stove. That way there was always something for people to snack on throughout the day. What better than chicken soup? It’s the perfect thing to warm up to after coming in from outside. And this chicken soup also happened to do wonders for the cold that many family members seemed to have caught. So not only is this soup good, but will also help to fight off your winter cold.
I don’t know if you guys remember this lemon butter chicken and orzo that I made last year. But it was the inspiration behind the making of this soup. I can’t tell you how much I love that skillet chicken. It’s probably one of my more favorite skillet recipes. I even made it the other day on Instagram. It’s so good.
Anyway, I love the flavors of that dish so much that I decided to turn them into a healthy soup. Which is where this recipe comes in.
It’s everything I love so much about that skillet chicken, but in soup form. Plus the addition of caramelized garlic and a little parmesan too…
Just as good, maybe better. Just depends what kind of mood you’re in!
Start out by searing the chicken in some olive oil, then add the garlic to caramelize it. I LOVE cooking the garlic slowly in the oil and allowing it to become soft, fragrant, and golden brown. It takes that garlicy bite out of the garlic and mellows it out, turning it buttery and sweet. Yummm.
Once you’ve finished searing, add all the remaining ingredients and cook until the chicken is cooked through and falling apart. I prefer to use bone-in chicken, as it adds flavor to the broth, buy you can also use boneless.
I flavored the broth with fresh herbs, plenty of lemon, and a little parmesan. It’s perfectly light and almost spring like, but still cozy enough for winter.
For the orzo, I think it’s easiest to boil it outside of the soup. I know a lot of recipes will tell you to just boil the pasta in the soup. But if you have leftovers, the soup with soak up all the broth, which is a major bummer. SO, I boil the pasta separately, and then add it to each bowl of soup. The heat from the broth will warm the pasta, making leftovers great for lunch the next day.
And on the topic of orzo, I am obsessed. Ever since last year when I made the lemon butter chicken and orzo I cannot stop using it in recipes. It’s my favorite…see these stuffed peppers, these lamb meatballs, these scallops, and this grilled zucchini.
With plenty of snow in the forecast, I’m thinking it’s time for another round of this soup. It’s been a few weeks since I made it, and writing this post now has me craving a bowl.
I’ll take mine with extra orzo, lemon, and probably a sprinkle of parmesan too. Oh, and a side of crusty bread. Always bread with soup. Always.
Hope you guys enjoy and happy Wednesday!
If you make this lemony garlic chicken and orzo soup, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to also tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!
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I followed the stove top version exactly and served this to guests. I wondered if the orzo was necessary but everyone said it really did add to the soup. I love anything with lemon and thought the flavor of the soup was delicious! I did find that the chicken was a bit dry like another commenter so I’ll correct that next time.
Awesome!! Thanks so much for making this recipe, I love to hear that it turned out well for you:)
Hi! I tried to make this recipe but unfortunately it did not turn out. I added the juice of two lemons to the soup and it ended up tasting like lemon juice. I’d recommend a half lemon to start if adding lemon juice to the pot of soup.
Thanks so much for giving this recipe try and sharing your feedback, so sorry to hear it didn’t turn out for you! xx
We love this recipe! We use white beans in place of the orzo to keep it gluten free.
Happy Monday!! I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your feedback, so glad it turned out well for you:)
Loved this and tried both on the stovetop and in the insta pot. Both ways made the chicken so dry. How can I prevent that?
Thanks for giving this recipe a try! I’m wondering if your chicken might be on the smaller side? It really shouldn’t dry out in a soup! xx
Hi, I’m gluten free…is it possible to use rice instead of orzo?
Sure, arborio rice would work best for you! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope this recipe turns out well for you! xx
They make gluten free orzo
My hubby is gluten free as well. We replace the orzo with white beans. Yum!
Thanks so much for sharing Jennifer!!
Could you use a shredded rotisserie chicken instead of bone-in chicken? If so, when would you add that to the pot? Thank you!
Sure, just add it towards the end so it can warm through. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Hi! Is the chicken supposed to cook in the broth if you’re doing it in the crockpot?
Correct! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xx
Hi! I’m making the stovetop version and nowhere does it say when to add the bay leaf. I added it when I added the broth, but might be a quick revision for you. Cheers!
Sorry if you missed it, the bay leaf is added in step 3:) Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
Is there a way to cook the pasta in the slow cooker? I’d live to bring this in for a work party!
I would follow the recipe for the slow cooker and keep the orzo on the side so it doesn’t get mushy. Please let me know if you have any other questions! xx
I really love this soup – I’ve made it a couple times now. This is truly delicious, thank you so much for the recipe.
For some reason orzo is hard to find near us, but we used egg noodles and it was very delicious as well!
Happy Friday!! I am delighted to hear that this recipe turned out tasty for you, thanks a bunch for giving it a try!
This is the best soup recipe. Sing it from the rooftops, write it in the sky, put it in a PSA. It’s the best. The broth is delicate, flavorful, lemony deliciousness. The chicken is super tender and infused with the herbs. The veggies are cooked to perfection. I eat it in spring, summer, winter and autumn and will gush about it to anyone who listens. It’s my go to when I’m sick but I honestly eat it once a week anyways. I always have some in the freezer. Try it, you won’t regret it. Just as a note: I do make it in the crockpot but I do brown garlic and chicken beforehand. Yes, it’s another pan to clean but it’s worth it (and I don’t even have a dishwasher, so…)
Awesome!! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed this recipe, thanks for making it! Thanks for sharing what works well for you! Hope you’re off to a great weekend! xT