Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

The Dude and I have been on a bit of a soup hunt recently. So far we have had some success, this soup being one of them. There are many versions and names of this soup out there. I took what I thought sounded great  from some of those reciped and along with some of my own ideas and came up with my own version of Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 2 tbs fresh lemon juice
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 3 tbs oil, try making it with Lemon Oregon Infused Oil
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 & 1/2 cup yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 tbs minced garlic
  • 2  & 1/2 tsp fresh rosemary, chopped
  • 1″ parmesan rind
  • 2 tsp thyme leaves
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tsp marjoram
  • 1/4 of the juiced lemon rind
  • 5 ounces baby spinach  (sm box in produce) roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  1. Place chicken breast between 2 pieces of saran wrap and pound to 1/2 an inch thick. Season both sides with kosher salt and pepper and rub in so it sticks better to the chicken while it sears
  2. Heat 2 tbs of oil in a large pot over medium high heat
  3. Once oil is hot sear chicken breast on both sides until it starts to turn golden brown. Remove chicken  and place aside on a plate.
  4. Reduce heat a bit.
  5. Add the remaining tablespoon of oil, carrots, onions, celery and all the herbs. Cook until onions start to become tender.
  6. Push veggies aside and add garlic. Cook for 1 minute.  Do not brown the garlic if it starts to brown before the full minute is up move to the next step.
  7. Add the chicken  stock, chicken  breast, lemon rind and parmesan rind.
  8. Raise heat to bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
  9. Add the chopped spinach, orzo and lemon juice  (I would recommend adding the lemon juice 1 tbs at a time for your own personal preference.)
  10. Cook according to orzo package time or until tender. Remove lemon rind.
  11. Season with salt, pepper and lemon juice if needed to taste.

I leave the parmesan rind in the soup I have in the fridge.

If you are going to can this soup, leaving out the orzo and parmesan and add to the soup after the jar has been opened.

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