This is the best Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup recipe! This Chicken Orzo Soup is made with tender chicken with onions, carrots, celery, and garlic in a fresh lemon cream broth with fresh parmesan cheese. You will love this lemon chicken soup recipe!
I am full-on obsessed with this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup recipe. The first time I tried it, my jaw dropped. It was creamy with bright lemon notes, tender chicken, orzo pasta, and the perfect amount of saltiness from the parmesan cheese. Then my husband tried it and this is now his favorite chicken soup recipe.
Why do I love this Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe?
- This Lemon Orzo Soup is comfort food in a bowl and is a fun twist on traditional chicken soup.
- This Lemon Chicken Soup has it all -- freshness, creaminess, heartiness, and is so full of flavor.
- It is easy to make...especially if you use shredded rotisserie chicken.
- Everyone loves this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup recipe!
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Ingredients:
- Chicken -- I suggest using rotisserie chicken because it is super tender, flavorful and a huge time saver. You can also use poached chicken in this recipe -- just make sure to season it well with salt and pepper!
- Orzo Pasta -- is a thin, oval, rice-shaped pasta. It is a popular small pasta in Italy.
- Butter -- use salted butter to saute the vegetables in the orzo soup.
- Onion -- use a sweet onion or red onion in this chicken orzo soup.
- Fresh Lemon Juice -- for the most vibrant, fresh flavor, use freshly squeezed lemon juice from fresh lemons. For extra lemon flavor, add some lemon zest.
- Chicken Broth -- this is what gives the soup depth of flavor. The orzo will soak up the chicken broth so be prepared to add more chicken broth for a thinner soup.
- Heavy cream -- this adds rich, creaminess to the soup. May use half-n-half instead of heavy cream.
- Parmesan Cheese -- use freshly grated parmesan cheese for easier melting and better flavor.
- Salt and Pepper
- Fresh Parsley
Store this chicken orzo soup in an air-tight container in the refrigerator. The orzo pasta will soak up the chicken broth so you may need to add more once it is refrigerated and reheated.
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I rarely write comments but this soup is outstanding!! My husband & I love it! Thank you!
This soup is so SO GOOD!!! Oh my goodness, such great flavor and texture and I just love it made with rotisserie chicken and Orzo pasta! I’ve already made this multiple times and my family requests it over and over again. THANK YOU Melissa for such quality recipes; each one feels like treasure I’ve discovered!
Thank you so much sweet Karen! I really appreciate the support and all the love. I am so happy that you love and make my recipes! You are the BEST!!!
I made my second batch tonight - absolutely delicious! I’ve passed it along to my soup making friends!
A hit with my family of picky eaters, everyone loves it! Subtle lemon flavor compliments this savory, yummy soup. Super easy as well, I'll be making this often!!
Cooking for picky eaters can be so tough! I am so glad that you found this, I really think it’s one of the best recipes for those picky eaters. Thanks for trying it out!
This is absolutely delish! It has just the right amount of everything.....I will make this often as it is pretty easy to prepare and a big hit with the entire family!!!
Hi - I am also new to Modern Honey., This looks and sounds amazing. What do you think of quinoa instead of orzo? Also, for the canned broth...any recommendations?
I am new to Modern Honey, but I have a feeling I’m going to be a regular on this website. This soup was amazing! A definite keeper of a recipe. I will make it again and again! My husband and I LOVED it. Thank you!
Welcome, Karen! I am so glad you are here. Thank you for making my lemon orzo soup and I am so happy you loved it!
I've made this soup three weeks in a row. I'm sick with a bad cold and this soup is like healing power in a bowl. Love this recipe!
Thank you, Heather, for making it 3 weeks in a row! I appreciate it. I hope you are feeling better -- nothing better than chicken soup when you are sick.
So good! Had half of a cooked chicken in the freezer to use. Followed the recipe as written. The lemon, the parmesan, the orzo, turned out great! My family loved it!
Thanks so much, Mary! I am so glad you loved it. I agree -- the lemon, parmesan, and orzo all together are quite the combo.
I made this for dinner tonight. This is a very flavorful rich soup and very colorful as well! I actually doubled the recipe so I can freeze and have for more meals. Very tasty! 😋👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻
Hi Linda! Thank you so much for trying out my lemon orzo soup recipe and I am so happy you loved it. That is a great idea to freeze it for future meals. 🙂
I would like to make this but so many in the family need gluten free so we avoid pasta. What would be a good alternative to the orzo? I know there are some GF pats brands but the family has not liked them—tend to get mushy when cooked a long time. But maybe there are some new products?? Thanks-love your recipes!
I would like the answer to your question too. Can we use Arborio rice perhaps?
Hi Lori! I haven't tried this soup with arborio rice but it should work. Since arborio rice takes longer to cook than orzo, you will need to simmer it for longer. Arborio rice may be starchier than orzo pasta so I would suggest rinsing it twice (and draining it) before adding it to the soup. This will help reduce the starchiness. I hope this helps!
Hi Susie! I would suggest using arborio rice instead since it is naturally gluten-free. I did reply to some other commenter below about how to use it in this recipe. I haven't recipe tested it in this particular recipe but I can give you some suggestions. 🙂
I would love to make this soup but I would rather use a plant based milk instead of heavy cream or half & half, because I’m lactose intolerant; is this possible?
Hi Rebekah! I think you could use canned coconut milk with no problem in this recipe. 🙂 It will take on a slightly coconut flavor but I think that would be delicious!
This is an incredibly flavorful soup, I absolutely loved it! I am normally a big chicken noodle soup lover and I think this is even better. Thanks Modern Honey for helping me branch out and find new amazing recipes.
Thanks, Jeff, for giving it a shot and branching out from classic chicken noodle soup. I agree...it tastes EVEN better. 🙂
As soon as I seen this recipe I knew I had to try it. It's simmering now and smells delicious! I live anything lemon. I know it will be in my soup rotation 😋
I love how fast you made this, Cindy! Thank you so much for trying it. I hope you loved it!
I'm making this soup for dinner tonight. I have made it before and it is truly delicious. I have eaten so much over the Holidays, I need something a little lighter. I'll make enough to send to my son's work for all of the Firefighters can enjoy this soup. Thank you Melissa, we all will enjoy this dish...
You are so awesome, Donna! Thank you so much for always trying my recipes and I hope you love this creamy orzo chicken soup!
Do you think this would be good if I omitted the cream or substituted thinned Greek yogurt for it ?
Joan Van Leeuwen
I almost always add evaporated milk instead of cream. It’s handy in my pantry and can’t tell any difference.
YES! I used creme fraishe because that's what I had. Worked very well. I think the purpose is viscosity and creaminess.. I also cut recipe way down due to small family.
Came together easy and is so light and delicious! Going in the rotation!
Thank you so much, Erin! So happy you loved it...I appreciate you trying the recipe.
I love that you used creme fraiche, Myrna! That is one of my favorite ingredients. It is perfect to add creaminess. Thanks for the suggestion!
That's a great idea, Joan! Then you always have it on hand.
Absolutely! You can omit the heavy cream or use half-n-half, whole milk, or even canned coconut milk for a dairy-free alternative. I haven't tried Greek yogurt but you could try to add 1/4 - 1/2 cup of greek yogurt. I hope that helps!
We loved this soup!! Hubby said it was one of the best hes had and I make soup at least 2x a week. Going in the rotation!! Thanks!!
That makes my day, Cynthia! Thank you for trying it and for making it over and over again. So glad you love it!
Hi Kimberly! You could omit the heavy cream and it will be a more broth-like soup. I haven't tried thinned out greek yogurt in it. It would definitely add some tang to the soup!