Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe

Lemon Chicken Soup Recipe

How To Make Lemon Chicken Soup

A heartwarming soup with a tangy taste, this lemon chicken soup is made with chicken breasts tossed with flavorful spices and drizzled with zesty lemon.

Preparation: 7 minutes
Cooking: 25 minutes
Total: 32 minutes



  • 1tbspolive oil
  • 2tbspunsalted butter ,divided
  • 2chicken breasts,boneless skinless, trimmed of fat
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • ¼tspblack pepper
  • 1yellow onion,medium, diced
  • 2carrots ,peeled and diced, medium
  • 1celery stalk,large, diced
  • 4garlic cloves,minced
  • ½tspdried thyme
  • 4cupschicken broth,reduced sodium
  • cupswater
  • 1cuporzo pasta,dried, uncooked
  • 1bay leaf
  • 1fresh rosemary sprig
  • 1fresh oregano sprig
  • 1lemon juice
  • 2tspfresh parsley ,minced


  1. Add olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter to a large dutch oven or stockpot and heat over medium heat. Season chicken breasts on both sides with salt and pepper.

  2. Add chicken to a dutch oven and cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, until golden brown and cooked through. Set chicken aside on a plate.

  3. Add remaining butter to a dutch oven, then add onion, carrots, celery, and garlic. Cook, stirring often, until soft for about 3 minutes. Stir in dried thyme.

  4. Pour in chicken broth and water, using a wooden spoon to scrape up any browned bits in the bottom of the dutch oven. Bring to a boil.

  5. While the soup is coming up to a boil, shred chicken using two forks. Once the soup is starting to boil, stir in shredded chicken, orzo, bay leaf, and add sprigs of rosemary and oregano.

  6. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 to 12 minutes until orzo is tender.

  7. Remove and discard bay leaf and rosemary or oregano sprigs. Stir in lemon juice and fresh parsley.

  8. Taste and adjust seasonings if necessary.


  • Calories: 311.07kcal
  • Fat: 13.99g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.97g
  • Trans Fat: 0.22g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 5.86g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 2.05g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.02g
  • Fiber: 3.06g
  • Sugar: 5.21g
  • Protein: 19.54g
  • Cholesterol: 52.10mg
  • Sodium: 849.15mg
  • Calcium: 77.53mg
  • Potassium: 524.26mg
  • Iron: 2.93mg
  • Vitamin A: 225.39µg
  • Vitamin C: 8.28mg
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