Have some last minute Christmas shopping to do? Here’s a tip – put this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup in the slow cooker while you’re gone. It will be cooking away while you’re making your list and checking it twice!!
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
This lemon chicken orzo soup requires just a little bit of effort and tastes about a million times better than canned soup from the supermarket. It’s light and fresh tasting but still comforting as soup should be. This soup doesn’t have an “in-your-face lemon” flavor, but more like a “hmmmm, what’s that delicate flavor in the background?” type of lemony taste. Hopefully you understanding what I’m saying.
Last month our home was taken over by illness. Our three year old started the epidemic (not her fault, of course) and she took a handful of us, including grandparents, down with her. As you’ve probably learned by now, I do
most all of the cooking in our household. When I was down for the count, I was so thankful to have a big batch of soup tucked away in the freezer. A backup plan is always a good idea!
Ok, let’s get started…
Start by chopping your carrots, celery, and onion. Arrange on a plate and take a pretty picture (this step is optional…).
Add to your slow cooker along with minced garlic. If you’ve followed me for any given time, you know I like the jarred minced stuff. Anything to save some time and an extra trip to the grocery store. Looks like I better add minced garlic to my shopping list.
Season chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper. Add to slow cooker.
Add water to cover until your slow cooker is almost full. There’s no specific amount, just fill it up! I used more than the 7 cups of water shown in the photo below. I really just wanted to capture my sign so I could wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 😉
Cook on low for 4-5 hours until chicken is cooked and tender. The actual time it takes to cook will depend somewhat on the size and age of your slow cooker. Usually the older models cook a little slower. Mine is only a few years old – it’s programmable and I love it!!
Remove chicken to a plate and let cool slightly.
Meanwhile, taste broth for seasoning. It’s going to need some salt. I usually add a tablespoon or more and while that seems like a ton, I’m pretty sure it’s less than you’ll find in your grocery store canned variety. Plus, you’re making a big batch of soup here. Add a little black pepper, too! Once your soup is seasoned, add orzo and replace the lid. I’m sure you won’t have the bottom of your salt shaker fall out like mine did…
Once your chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the skin and bones and discard. Shred the chicken or chop and add it back to the slow cooker. It will take about another 40 minutes for the orzo to cook. Again, it depends on your slow cooker. You kind of need to develop a relationship with your appliances. Go on some dinner dates together, you know???
Once your orzo is cooked, add the juice of one lemon and serve. I found this soup bowl at our local supermarket, isn’t it cute? In case you’re wondering it was not on my grocery list. Sometimes things just jump into my cart that way. Strange.
You can top it with some parsley if you want to make it fancy. I can’t believe how much time I spend trying to make my food look good these days – it must be a food blogger thing!
Oh, and these containers. They’re a must! I put leftovers into them and freeze them for later, plus they’re dishwasher and freezer safe. I use the 16-ounce size for individual servings and the 32-ounce size to hold 2-3 servings and label the top with freezer tape.
Happy soup season and happy shopping!
Made with love,
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- 3 carrots, chopped
- 3 celery stalks, chopped (leafy greens included if you have them)
- 1/2 onion, diced
- 1 tsp minced garlic
- 2 lbs bone-in chicken breast
- 1 lemon, juiced
- 1 cup orzo
- Place carrots, celery, onion and garlic in a large slow cooker.
- Season chicken generously with salt & pepper. Add to slow cooker.
- Add water to slow cooker until it is almost full. Cook on low for 4-5 hours until chicken is fully cooked and tender.
- Remove chicken breasts to a plate and let cool slightly. Meanwhile, taste soup for seasoning. Add salt (it will need a good amount) and pepper to taste.
- Add orzo and increase heat to high. Replace cover.
- When chicken is cool enough to handle, remove the bones and skin and discard them. Shred or chop the chicken and return to the slow cooker.
- When orzo is fully cooked (about 40 minutes), add the juice of one lemon. Enjoy!