Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe
Inspired by Panera Bread's version, this soup delivers on flavor. Tender chicken in a lemony broth with orzo pasta, carrots, onions, celery, and baby spinach.
This lemon chicken soup recreates a recipe from that famous fancy sandwich shop, full of celery, spinach, orzo and basil.
This my new "favorite" chicken soup! Have made it several times both with and without the spinach. Both are equally good. Fresh lemon juice makes all the difference!
Loved it! The lemon made it so bright! We like our meat so I would double the chicken.
I made this for lunch and it was spectacular. The spices were right on. Really, really good!! I cut the recipe in half and added the lemon "to taste". I have made enough recipes with lemon to know that all lemons are different. I added the zest of one lemon and tasted the soup. It was "almost" perfect. I added just a tablespoon of juice after that and it was perfectly lemony, just how we like it. Also, I just added the uncooked orzo to the soup and let it boil for about 8 minutes. We didn't have any left overs. Anyone that isn't familiar with cooking with orzo should know that it does completely soak up the broth where leftovers are concerned, so if you know you are making more than will be eaten, you should make it on the side and add to each bowl; otherwise, the next day there will not be any liquid in the soup left. Delicious and I will be making this again soon!!
This soup is perfect as an introduction to a full Greek meal, or a hearty bowlful for a meal in itself. Serve with fresh pita triangles, and you'll be sure to please your guests!!
Straight-forward recipe - we followed it as written. Makes a very nice soup - the lemon adds a brightness to the dish, which might otherwise come across as a chicken noodle soup flavor - we'll make it again. Had some left over for the next day - the orzo soaked up nearly all the broth overnight so it was bursting with liquid - a very pleasant surprise. I may even consider making it a day before and letting the entire batch
If I could give this 10 stars I would! I halved the recipe (keeping the same amount of carrots and celery), and substituted Italian seasoning for the oregano. I added cubed, uncooked chicken in at the same time as the veggies and simmered for 20 minutes. Like many others, I kept the orzo separate and added to individual serving bowls. I also added the lemon juice to taste. This shot straight to the top of my list of favorite soups. Thank you so much, ReneePaj!