Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This quick and easy chicken soup recipe is a great way to use up leftover chicken and get dinner on the table in no time.

Serves: 6Prep: 15 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 35 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrot, chopped
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1⁄3 cup orzo
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, chopped


  • In a 3-quart sauce pan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion, celery, carrots, salt and pepper; sauté 3-5 minutes until fragrant.
  • Add chicken broth, chicken, lemon juice and zest; bring to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add orzo and cook 9-10 minutes until pasta is done and vegetable are tender. Stir in parsley; adjust seasoning to taste. Refrigerate leftovers.