Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a refreshing twist on traditional chicken soup, featuring bright lemon flavors and tender orzo pasta. It’s perfect for any season, whether you need something warming during the cold months or a light and zesty soup for the warmer days.


  • 2 sticks celery, chopped finely
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled & chopped finely
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1.5 pounds uncooked chicken breasts
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice, or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley, or to taste
  • Salt & pepper, to taste


  1. Prepare the Base:
    • In a large pot, heat the butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add the chopped celery, carrots, and onion. Sauté until the vegetables are softened, about 5 minutes.
    • Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.
  2. Thicken the Soup:
    • Sprinkle the flour over the vegetables and stir to coat. Cook for a couple of minutes to remove the raw flour taste.
  3. Add Liquids and Seasonings:
    • Gradually pour in the chicken broth, stirring continuously to avoid lumps. Add the Italian seasoning, and bring the mixture to a simmer.
  4. Cook the Chicken:
    • Add the whole chicken breasts to the pot. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer gently until the chicken is cooked through, about 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the breasts.
  5. Remove and Shred Chicken:
    • Once cooked, remove the chicken breasts from the soup and set them aside to cool slightly. Once cool enough to handle, shred the chicken using two forks.
  6. Cook the Orzo:
    • While the chicken is cooling, bring the soup back up to a simmer and add the uncooked orzo. Cook according to package instructions, usually about 10 minutes, until the orzo is tender.
  7. Finalize the Soup:
    • Return the shredded chicken to the pot. Stir in the lemon juice and fresh parsley. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Adjust Seasonings:
    • Taste the soup and adjust the lemon juice, salt, and pepper according to your preference.
  9. Serve:
    • Ladle the soup into bowls and serve hot. You can garnish with extra parsley or a slice of lemon if desired.


  • For a Clearer Soup: To prevent the soup from getting too thick, you can omit the flour or use less orzo.
  • Variations: Add other vegetables like spinach or kale for extra nutrition and color. They can be added towards the end of cooking so they retain their vibrant color and texture.
  • Storage: This soup stores well in the refrigerator for up to three days and freezes well for up to three months. Store in airtight containers.


Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a comforting and flavorful dish that’s easy to make and full of healthy ingredients. Its bright lemony flavor makes it unique and irresistible, perfect for a family dinner or nourishing meal any time of the year. Enjoy the delightful and comforting taste of this homemade soup!