This Golden Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is just what the doctor ordered. With fresh lemon, dried turmeric and an array of veggies in light chicken broth it’s a simple one-pot soup for your soul. Serves 4 to 6 in about 45 minutes.
I’m one of those people that believes chicken soup cures allthethings.
I personally witnessed it’s magic when I was in my twenties and had the worst cold of my life. Worse than any “man cold”. Back when I was working 12-hour shifts in the ER, my kids were little and I was hanging onto a little sleep and a prayer, my mom made me lemon chicken and rice soup. It was an insta-cure and I’ve been a believer ever since. Since we’re still in the thick of cold and flu season and I keep hearing this year is the worst yet, I’m staying ahead of the game by infusing my teenagers with a bi-weekly bolus of this golden lemon chicken orzo soup.
Golden because turmeric. LOVE me some turmeric! Sliced carrots, celery and diced onions are sautéed and mixed with the turmeric along with fresh lemon juice, zest, orzo pasta, poached chicken, peas and green onions. All in a light chicken broth. I’m not 100% sure, but I’m thinking (hoping) this is why we’ve all stayed relatively healthy this winter/cold season.
Bonus! This soup is incredibly easy too!
To Make This Golden Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup You Will Need:
- low-sodium chicken broth
- frozen peas
- green onions
- leftover cooked chicken
I poached my chicken earlier in the day, but in a pinch a rotisserie chicken can be used.
Start by sautéing 1 sliced carrot (or 2 medium size) and 1 to 2 (sliced) stalks of celery along with 1/2 cup diced yellow onion in 1 tablespoon of olive oil. Season with a pinch of kosher salt. Cover and cook, stirring occasionally until soft and tender, about 8 to 10 minutes.
To this add in 1 teaspoon turmeric and stir to combine. You may not want to use a white or light spatula here. Turmeric likes to stain, just ask my kitchen rug when I dropped it on it. 🙈
Measure and add in 1/2 cup of dried orzo pasta.
Then pour in 1 quart low-sodium chicken broth plus 4 cups water. Bring to a boil then reduce and cook until the pasta is al dente. About 10 to 15 minutes.
Add in the 2 cups of diced cook chicken (which is about 2 to 3 medium chicken breasts), 1/2 teaspoon of finely grated lemon zest.
Then squeeze in 2 tablespoons (more or less to your preference) of lemon juice.
Next add in the light and dark green parts of 3 (sliced) green onions.
Add 1/2 cup frozen peas.
Stir this sunny lemon chicken orzo soup and heat throughly. Taste and season with kosher salt and black pepper to taste.
Taste and season with more kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper as desired.
Lastly, ladle soup into bowls, or my favorite, mugs! This way I can sit and hold my mug-o-soup, it’s less messy this way. 😉 37-years-old and I can’t eat soup nor a salad without looking like a starving neanderthal.
Oh and perhaps add a few oyster crackers for good measure.
Crackers are a soups BFF.
Golden Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 medium carrots, sliced
- 2 ribs celery, sliced
- 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
- 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
- 1/2 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
- 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups chicken, diced, poached or rotisserie
- 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
- 2 tablespoon lemon juice, freshly squeezed, more to taste
- 1/2 cup frozen peas
- 3 green onions, sliced - light green and dark green parts only
- kosher salt, to taste
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Heat the olive oil in a soup pot or dutch oven over medium-low heat. Add in the sliced carrots, celery and diced onions with a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally until the vegetables are tender.
- Stir in the turmeric before adding in the orzo, broth and water. Bring to a simmer and cook the pasta until al dente or about 10 to 15 minutes. Stir occasionally to keep the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pot.
- Next add in the diced chicken, lemon zest and juice. Stir and then add in the peas, green onions and season with salt and pepper to taste. Heat thoroughly before ladling into bowls or mugs. Serve with crackers.
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