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Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

  • Author: Krista
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 mins
  • cook_time Cook Time: 25 mins
  • total_time Total Time: 30 mins
  • yield Yield: 6-8 1x
  • category Category: Lunch, Dinner
  • cuisine Cuisine: American

Description

A comforting chicken orzo soup packed with nutritious vegetables, protein, and a fresh lemony broth!

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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

Keywords: lemon chicken orzo soup, soup chicken noodle, homemade chicken noodle soup