Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

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Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - the perfect comfort soup that's full of vegetables, protein, and a fresh lemony broth that you'll swoon over! This soup is pure bliss on cold winter day! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup – the perfect comfort soup that’s full of vegetables, protein, and a fresh lemony broth that you’ll swoon over! This soup is pure bliss on cold winter day!

“There are no good days or bad days, just days of grace. Sometimes the grace of God allows you to enjoy the things that are happening around you, and other days the grace of God helps you endure. There are no good days or bad days, just days of grace.” – graham cooke

The past couple of days I’ve felt like I’ve been living in the later, that God’s grace is helping me endure what is going on.

My emotions have been all over the place lately. I woke up this morning and just sobbed after making yet another appointment to go to the doctor.

Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - the perfect comfort soup that's full of vegetables, protein, and a fresh lemony broth that you'll swoon over! This soup is pure bliss on cold winter day! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Some days I feel like the body I am “taking care of” is revolting against me.

But at the end of the day I know that I am on a journey and every step I take down that path of faith I get stronger and stronger in character. But man is it hard. Some days I just want to turn around and forget about it, to just give in and lose hope that we will ever have another baby.

But what is life without faith, hope, and dreams?

Nothing.

After I made the appointment with my doctor, Cason and I sat down to eat lunch and he started praying for our food. He said.

“Dear God, thank you for our friends. Thank you for our food. Please help mommy. Put your hand on her and help her feel better. Please help me have a baby brother. In Jesus name, amen.”

Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - the perfect comfort soup that's full of vegetables, protein, and a fresh lemony broth that you'll swoon over! This soup is pure bliss on cold winter day! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

And then my heart broke. His sweet tender innocent heart came up with those precious words all by himself. That prayer meant more to me than he will ever know! I just kissed him teary eyed and said “thank you buddy, I love you!”

Those are the moments that are faith building.

When my faith starts to fail and my heart is discouraged. God gave the words to my precious 3 year old son to uplift me for the day. I didn’t ask him to pray, he just did.  Just five small sentences, that’s all it took.

So today I take another step forward on that path of faith and look forward to what the future holds.

Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - the perfect comfort soup that's full of vegetables, protein, and a fresh lemony broth that you'll swoon over! This soup is pure bliss on cold winter day! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

One thing is for certain, I may not know when that baby will come. But I do know what I am having for dinner tonight!

This Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is just what the doctor ordered, no pun intended. 🙂

It is filled with fresh vegetables, chicken, and surrounded by a light and refreshing lemon herb broth. It is basically like Chicken Noodle Soup on steroids, and the good kind. This soup will get any person feeling better in a jiffy. It is loaded with Vitamin A, B, C, and E, Biotin, Calcium , and Folate. In non-science talk – it’s gonna make you feel all warm and cozy inside!

Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - the perfect comfort soup that's full of vegetables, protein, and a fresh lemony broth that you'll swoon over! This soup is pure bliss on cold winter day! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

Having this little helper with me taking photos was the only thing that kept him from taking that spoon and diving in to the soup!

You and your family will love all the fresh flavors in this soup, and the best part about it is it takes 30 minutes to make and is only 179 calories a serving.

Bon Appetite sweet friends! Till next time!

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Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - the perfect comfort soup that's full of vegetables, protein, and a fresh lemony broth that you'll swoon over! This soup is pure bliss on cold winter day! | joyfulhealthyeats.com

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Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

  • Author: Krista
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 25 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 6-8
  • Category: Soup, Poultry,

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1.5 lbs. boneless chicken breasts, cut into cubes
  • 2 leeks, halved and sliced (soaked in water to remove the sand/grit)
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 lb. carrots, sliced
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest
  • 7 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 tablespooons fresh thyme
  • 1 tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • salt to season
  • 4 cups kale, roughly chopped

Instructions

  1. Heat a large dutch oven to medium high heat.
  2. Add olive oil and chicken cubes. Saute until chicken is cooked through, about 4-6 minutes.
  3. Add leeks, garlic, and carrots. Stir ingredients and cook for about 3-4 minutes.
  4. Next add lemon juice, lemon zest, and chicken broth. Bring to a slow simmer.
  5. Add in orzo, thyme, rosemary, and salt to season. Cook pasta for 8 minutes. Add in kale and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Remove soup from heat and serve!
  7. Optional: garnish with freshly grated parmesan cheese

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1 1/2 cups
  • Calories: 179
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Sodium: 220 mg
  • Fat: 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 11 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 21 g
  • Cholesterol: 62 mg

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  1. I hope you get some answers soon.<3 We had quite the journey to have little miss- I suffered from secondary infertility, and while we never really got a definitive answer as to why we did eventually get our baby girl.
    And this soup looks and sounds amazing- so comforting! This is my kind of cold weather soup. 🙂

    1. Thank you so much Carrie! I know, yours and so many other stories just like it, so I have so much hope. I have been learning faith, hope, and patience through this process and cannot WAIT until the day when I can finally say I am pregnant. 🙂 You are so sweet, thanks for your encouragement girl! Hugs!

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