Game Day Goodie: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

by | Jan 11, 2019 | Articles, Life & Style, Nutrition

If you are looking for a lighter alternative to a comforting food, this is a great option. This recipe contains a variety of different herbs which are a great way to add flavor and healthful benefits to your diet without adding calories. One serving of this delicious soup is only 164 calories. I recommend having 2 servings for a meal or 1 serving with a half sandwich or light entrée.


What you will need

8 oz. orzo pasta

1 tsp. olive oil

3 carrots, chopped

3 celery sticks, chopped

1 tsp. onion powder

2 tsp. minced garlic

1/2 tsp. dried thyme

1/2 tsp. dried oregano

3 (32 oz.) cans of chicken broth

1 lemon, zested

1/4 cup lemon juice

8 oz. cooked chicken, chopped

8 oz. baby spinach leaves

1 lemon, sliced for garnish

1 cup Parmesan cheese, grated

salt and pepper to taste



Cook orzo in boiling water about 5 minutes, until partially cooked through but not yet soft; drain and rinse with cold water until cooled.


Sauté carrots and celery until they just begin to soften.


Add garlic and cook 1 minute more.


Add thyme, oregano, salt, and pepper; continue cooking another 30 seconds then add chicken broth.


Bring to a boil; partially cover pot, reduce heat, and cook about 10 minutes until vegetables are tender.


Stir orzo, lemon juice, lemon zest, and chicken into the broth and cook an additional 5 minutes, until orzo has softened.


Add spinach and let wilt. Serve into bowls and garnish with lemon slices and Parmesan cheese.

Recipe via Lil Luna
Makes 12 Servings

Nutrition Facts per Serving
Calories: 164, Fat: 5 gm, Protein: 10 gm, Carbohydrates: 18 gm, Fiber: 1 gm