This week, the temperature in Columbus dropped down to the teens. I absolutely hate winter, but I love winter foods. Comforting soups, stews and chilies make the season somewhat more tolerable.
This week, I decided to try my hand at a Lemon Chicken and Orzo soup.
The unique combination of flavors in this soup make it comforting, spicy, and refreshing all at once — a perfect meal on a cold winter day! Hearty vegetables, crushed red pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice all come together in one tasty bowl. Plus, this simple soup comes together in less than an hour!
My fridge is now stocked with leftovers for lunches for the week, a welcome convenience when the cold weather has me staying in bed until the last possible minute before work. If you end up with leftovers, you may need to add water to the soup as it will thicken.
Pair this soup with a slice or warm, crusty bread for a perfect winter meal!
Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 3 celery heart stalks
- 3 carrorts
- 1 medium onion
- 2 TBS olive oil
- 1 c. dried orzo
- 6 c. chicken broth, low sodium
- 2 c. water
- Splash of dry white wine
- 3 cloves garlic
- 1 tsp dried oregano
- 1 tsp dried rosemary
- 1 tsp dried thyme
- 1/4 tsp crushed red pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Juice from one lemon
- Heat 1 TBS olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Season the chicken breasts with salt and pepper.
- Cook the chicken breasts over medium heat until cooked through, 7-9 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the pot and use two forks to shred.
- While the chicken is cooking, peel your carrots and slice thin. Dice the onion, slice the celery stalks, and mince the garlic.
- Add a splash of wine to the Dutch oven to deglaze. Add your vegetables and cook until softened, about 4 minutes.
- Return the chicken to the pot and add the 6 cups chicken broth, oregano, rosemary, thyme, crushed red pepper, bay leaf, lemon juice, and orzo.
- Simmer over medium heat until orzo is tender. If soup appears too thick, add water until desired thickness is reached.