Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is the perfect light and summery meal. It comes together in just about 30 minutes and it's pretty healthy! | www.persnicketyplates.com

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is the perfect light and summery meal. It comes together in just about 30 minutes and it's pretty healthy!
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Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 -8 servings
Author: Melissa | Persnickety Plates

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 carton 32 oz Swanson's Chicken Broth
  • 1.5 cups cooked chicken chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • 5 oz fresh baby spinach
  • 1 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Bring a large pot of salted water to boil and cook the orzo until partially cooked, but not fully cooked (about 5 minutes). Drain the pasta, rinse with cold water to stop the cooking, and set aside.
  • While the orzo is cooking, heat another large pot over medium high heat, add the olive oil, then add the chopped onion. Cook until translucent, 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic to the onion and stir.
  • Season the mixture with oregano, salt, pepper, and bay leaf. Stir and cook for about 30 seconds.
  • Pour in the chicken broth.
  • Bring the broth to a boil and simmer for about 5 minutes.
  • Stir in the cooked orzo, lemon juice, lemon zest, and chopped cooked chicken. Cook until the chicken is heated through.
  • Add in the baby spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted, about 2-3 minutes.
  • Ladle into bowls and serve.
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