Fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon juice gives this lemon chicken orzo soup a cleansing feel – and it’s ready to eat in half an hour!


Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This may not be your grandma’s chicken soup but it’s one you will fall in love with anyway! This lemon chicken orzo soup is the ‘spa’ version of the classic chicken noodle soup: it’s light, lemony, healthy and restoring.

It’s one of those dishes that feels good when you eat it and is followed by an ‘aaaah’ as you throw your napkin into the empty bowl.

Happy tummy.


There are plenty of veggies added to this lemon chicken orzo soup: garlic, zucchini, carrots, onions and celery.

The veggies are stirred into a pot of chicken stock filled with bite size chicken pieces and orzo pasta. It’s then seasoned with fresh thyme and dill and a good lug of freshly squeezed lemon juice. It’s not only nutritious and delicious – it’s also filling despite having a cleansing taste.

A lemon chicken orzo soup that’s full of contradictions!


I’ve had the sniffles for the past couple of weeks with the weather being so schizophrenic lately. So when Ben surprised me with a hot and comforting bowl of lemon chicken orzo soup, I couldn’t have been happier. Wrapped in a flannel blanket, I slurped on this savory, fragrant and acidic soup that warmed me up to the core.

I felt instantly restored!

Other comforting yet ‘spa-like’ soups: easy chicken pho, hearty Tuscan soup, white bean swiss chard soup, French onion soup, okayu (Japanese congee/porridge).

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Fresh dill and a squeeze of lemon juice gives this lemon chicken orzo soup a cleansing feel – and it’s ready to eat in half an hour!

  • Author: Caroline Phelps
  • Prep Time: 7 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 32 minutes
  • Yield: 4 people 1x
  • Category: Soups
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Italian


  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breast (or fillets) (chopped bite size)
  • 1 small onion (finely chopped)
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1 tablespoon thyme (chopped)
  • 1 medium carrot (diced)
  • 2 stalks celery (diced)
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 1 zucchini (diced)
  • 1/2 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill (chopped)
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. In a pot over high heat, add extra virgin olive oil and chicken, and cook for 3-4 minutes, until chicken is cooked through. Transfer chicken to a plate, season with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. In the same pot, add onions, garlic and thyme and cook for 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent.
  3. Add carrots, celery and chicken stock and bring to a boil. Lower to a simmer, cover and cook for 10 minutes.
  4. Add zucchini and orzo and cook for 8-10 minutes, until orzo is cooked al dente.
  5. Turn the heat off, add chicken, lemon juice and dill and stir well.
  6. Season with salt and pepper and serve hot.


This soup will keep in the fridge for 3-5 days.

This Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Is:
Very high in niacin
High in selenium
High in vitamin A
High in vitamin B6

Keywords: recipe, noodles, appetizer, restorative

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