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bowl or easy lemon chicken orzo soup in a white bowl with lemon slices and spinach

Easy Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Easy Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is pure comfort in a bowl! It's a hearty soup that uses everyday ingredients. This lemony tasty soup will become a family favorite!

Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Keyword comfort food, hearty soup, lemon chicken soup, Soup
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 33 minutes
Servings 4 Servings


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 stalks celery, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 3 chicken thighs, boneless skinless or 2 chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • ½ teaspoon dried marjoram
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 2 Bay Leaves
  • 4 cups Chicken stock
  • ½ cup orzo
  • 3 cups Spinach
  • ¼ cup lemon juice


  1. Pour oil into a dutch oven and add all vegetables except spinach. Cook for about 5 minutes on medium, just until the vegetables start to soften. 

  2. Add chicken, seasonings, and bay leaves to the pot and pour stock over top. Bring to a boil and cook on high until chicken is cooked thoroughly (about 20 minutes). Remove chicken thighs and set aside. 

  3. Add orzo and cook to desired doneness. While orzo cooks, use two forks to shred the chicken. 

  4. Return heat to medium and add spinach, lemon juice, and shredded chicken to the pot. Cook just until spinach is wilted. Serve immediately. 

Recipe Notes


  • If making ahead, don’t add orzo until the day you will be serving. 

  • This soup freezes well, but spinach and orzo should not be added before freezing.