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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup in a light blue bowl, garnished with lemons.
5 from 2 votes

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a vibrant and fresh soup bursting with brilliant lemon essence and tender orzo pasta. A perfect end of summer or crisp fall day soup.

Category Dinner, Soup
Cuisine Greek
Keyword Chicken, Lemon, Rosemary, Tarragon
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10 1 cup servings
Author Mean Green Chef


  • 2 Tablespoons (30 ml) Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 large white onion, topped + skinned + ½ inch dice
  • 3 medium carrots, scrubbed + peeled + cut into ½ inch coins
  • 2 stalks celery, scrubbed + cut into ½ inch moons
  • 1 teaspoon Tarragon, fresh + finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Thyme, fresh + finely chopped
  • 1 sprig Rosemary, fresh
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed + skinned + finely diced
  • 8 cups (2 liters) homemade chicken stock, sub favorite store-bought broth
  • 4 cups roasted chicken, white + dark + shredded
  • 1 cup (100 grams) tri-colored orzo, sub white orzo
  • 2 large ripe lemons, (1) zested + juiced (1) quartered
  • Pink Himalayan sea salt + freshly cracked black pepper, to taste


  1. Heat a heavy-bottomed stockpot or Dutch Oven over medium-high heat. Pour in the olive oil and reheat for 30 seconds, then add the onions, carrots, celery, Tarragon, Thyme, and Rosemary. Sweat down for 10 minutes, stirring with a flat bottomed wooden spoon every few minutes.

    Ingredients sauteing for Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup in a Dutch Oven.
  2. Toss in the garlic + quartered lemon and cook until aromatic, about a minute.

    Ingredients sauteing for Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup in a Dutch Oven.
  3. Add the stock, roasted shredded chicken, orzo, and bring to a boil reduce the heat and simmer until the orzo is just tender about 10-15 minutes.

    Broth and lemon added to ingredients to finish cooking Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe.
  4. Remove quartered lemon. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix in the lemon juice, zest. Ladle into warm bowls, garnish with fresh herbs, sliced lemon and serve with crusty bread and/or a side salad.

    White bowl with a gold rim filled with Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.