Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup


A quick and easy homemade chicken and orzo soup that is nice, light and satisfying and just packed with the brightness of summer with the fresh lemon, parsley and a hint of tarragon!

ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth or chicken stock
  • 2 cups cooked chicken, cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup orzo (gluten free for gluten free)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 lemon (zest and juice)
  • 1 tablespoon tarragon, chopped (optional)
  • 1 handful parsley, chopped
directions

  1. Heat the oil in a large stock pot over medium-high heat, add the onions, carrot and celery and cook until tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add the garlic and thyme and cook until fragrant, about a minute.
  3. Add the chicken broth or stock, chicken and orzo, bring to a boil, reduce the heat and simmer until the orzo is just tender, about 5 minutes.
  4. Season with salt and pepper to taste and mix in the, lemon juice, zest, tarragon and parsley.