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overhead shot of chicken orzo soup in a dutch oven

Chicken Orzo Soup

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WW Freestyle: 3
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Flavorful broth, tender pasta, juicy shredded chicken, and a shot of lemon make this chicken orzo soup a cozy family favorite.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
Servings: 12
Calories: 164


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 3 stalks celery, sliced
  • 2 carrots, thinly sliced
  • Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed or minced
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 8 to 10 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • ¾ cups uncooked orzo
  • 1 yellow squash, sliced into rounds and each round cut into fourths
  • Chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


  • Heat oil and melt butter in a Dutch oven set over medium-high heat.
  • To the hot oil, add diced onion and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in sliced celery and carrots; season with salt and pepper, and continue to cook until tender, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  • Stir in garlic and cook for 15 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in the shredded chicken.
  • Add oregano, thyme, and rosemary; stir to combine.
  • Stir in the chicken broth and lemon juice. Add bay leaves.
  • Increase heat to high and bring to a boil.
  • Stir in orzo and sliced squash.
  • Lower heat to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until orzo is tender.
  • Taste soup for salt and pepper; adjust accordingly.
  • Ladle soup into bowls.
  • Garnish with parsley and serve with lemon wedges.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken Orzo Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 164 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 29mg10%
Sodium 99mg4%
Potassium 369mg11%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 14g28%
Vitamin A 1826IU37%
Vitamin C 9mg11%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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