Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup

Cold, rainy days and soup always go together; add cheese toast and you have dinner! Today's Lemon, Chicken and Orzo soup was so flavorful that it reminded me of a sunny day.  This soup comes together quickly and is perfect after a long day.  This lemony soup has Mediterranean flavors such as oregano, turmeric, and aleppo pepper.  You won't regret giving it a try!


Lemon, Chicken and Orzo Soup
adapted from The Mediterranean Dish

2-3 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 ribs celery, chopped
3 carrots, peeled, thinly sliced 
3 garlic cloves, minced
Salt and pepper
2 cups rotisserie chicken, chunks
6 cups chicken broth or stock
2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp turmeric
1 tsp Aleppo pepper ( or, 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes)
3/4 cup uncooked orzo
1 cup frozen baby peas
1 lemon, zested and juiced
2 green onions, chopped, both white and green parts
1/3 cup fresh chopped parsley leaves

Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven.  Add the yellow onion, celery, carrots and garlic.  Season with salt and cook until vegetables have softened.

Add the chicken, chicken broth, salt, pepper, and spices.  Turn the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.  

Bring to a boil and add the peas and orzo.  Reduce the heat to medium high and cook until the orzo is tender, about eight minutes.

Turn off the heat and add the lemon zest and juice, green onions and parsley.

Serve with crusty bread or cheese toasts.


  1. Great to hear from you Kathy and your soup looks delicious.

  2. Kathy, One of my favorite soups, that's for sure. When we lived in Chicago and regularly dined at Greek restaurants, I almost always order the Greek version of this style of soup. Take Care, Big Daddy Dave


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