Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup recipe features a deliciously rich and nutritious broth with chicken and healthy veggies.  It makes terrific leftovers so make a double batch while you’re at it!  Whether you want to make it in the slow cooker or on the stovetop, I’ve got you covered.

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Imagine the best homemade chicken noodle soup you’ve had and then add a little “zing” of lemon and some fresh dill and there you have it:  Pure comfort in a bowl.  Packed full of rich flavors and healthy ingredients, this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is destined to become a favorite!

This soup can be made on the stovetop or in the slow cooker.  Whichever method you choose just be sure to let the soup cook low and slow because that is what will really bring out the flavor of the chicken and creates a base broth that is simply out of this world.  For the ultimate flavor we recommend using bone-in, skin-on chicken.  Dark meat in particular has a lot more flavor than chicken breast and the bones create an especially flavorful broth.

lemon chicken orzo soup recipe dill slow cooker stove top crockpot best

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe

Let’s get started!

NOTE:  In the pictures below I’m using my Cuisinart 3-in-1 Cook Central which enables you to brown and saute the meat and vegetables right in the slow cooker instead of doing that in a separate skillet and then transferring it to a slow cooker.  But this can be made in any slow cooker OR on the stovetop (instructions below).

Melt the butter in a skillet over medium-high heat and cook the onions until soft and translucent, 5-7 minutes.

Add the garlic, leek and carrots and cook for another 4-5 minutes.

cook onions and veggies

Add the broth and seasonings except for the dill.

Add the chicken.

add broth and chicken to slow cooker

For the Slow Cooker:  Cover and cook on HIGH for 3-4 hours or on LOW for 6-7 hours.

Remove the chicken, discard the skin and bones, and cut the chicken into small pieces.  Return it to the slow cooker along with the orzo and dill.  (If you don’t like dill you can use fresh parsley instead or half the amount of fresh rosemary).

Cover and cook on HIGH for another 30 minutes or until the orzo is tender.  Stir in the lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste.

For the Stovetop:  Follow the same directions of sauteing the veggies in butter but do so in a soup pot.  Add the remaining ingredients except for the orzo, dill, and lemon juice.  Bring the soup to a boil then reduce the heat to a low simmer. Cover the pot and simmer for 90 minutes.

Remove the chicken pieces, discard the skin and bones and chop the meat into small pieces. Return the chicken to the pot along with the orzo and dill. Simmer for another 10-12 minutes or until the orzo is tender. Stir in the lemon juice and add salt and pepper to taste.

add dill and chicken to slow cooker

Dinner is served!  Serve this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup with some crusty bread and/or a salad.

Enjoy!

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First published on The Daring Gourmet February 28, 2015

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