Go Back
Lemony Garlic Chicken and Orzo Soup | halfbakedharvest.com #chickensoup #kale #healthyrecipes #winter
Print Recipe
4.26 from 309 votes

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, chicken broth, and orzo all make for a tasty warming soup. This is quick, easy, and SO DELICIOUS. 
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Calories: 536kcal

Ingredients

Instructions

Stove-Top

  • 1. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. 
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Reduce the heat to low, add the smashed garlic cloves and cook another 3-5 minutes, until golden. Add the carrots, sage, thyme, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Cook another 5 minutes. Add the broth, parmesan rind, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Simmer over medium heat for 15-20 minutes or up to 4-6 hours over low heat. 
    3. Remove the chicken and shred. Stir the kale, dill, and lemon juice into the soup, cooking another 5 minutes. Remove the parmesan rind and bay leaf. Stir back in the shredded chicken. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to packaged directions, until al dente. Drain.
    5. Divide the orzo among bowls and pour the soup over top. Top each bowl with fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon, if desired.

Crockpot

  • 1. In the bowl of your crockpot, combine the olive oil, chicken, garlic cloves, carrots, sage, thyme, broth, parmesan rind, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Season the salt and pepper. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 4-5 hours. 
    3. Once done cooking, remove the chicken and shred. Stir the kale, dill, and lemon juice into the soup, cooking another 10 minutes. Remove the parmesan rind and bay leaf. Stir back in the shredded chicken. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
    4. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Cook the pasta according to packaged directions, until al dente. Drain.
    5. Divide the orzo among bowls and pour the soup over top. Top each bowl with fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon, if desired.

Instant Pot

  • 1. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper.
    2. Set Instant Pot to sauté and add the olive oil. Once hot, add the chicken and sear until golden brown on both sides, about 5 minutes per side. Stir in the smashed garlic cloves and cook another 3-5 minutes, until golden. Add the carrots, sage, thyme, and a pinch each of salt and pepper. Add the broth, parmesan rind, and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Cover and cook on high pressure for 8 minutes. 
    3. Remove the chicken and shred. 
    4. Set Instant Pot to sauté. Stir the orzo, kale, dill, and lemon juice, cooking another 8 minutes, until the orzo is al dente. Remove the parmesan rind and bay leaf. Stir back in the shredded chicken. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
    5. Divide the soup among bowls. Top each bowl with fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon, if desired.

Nutrition

Calories: 536kcal