Fast & Fabulous: Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup!

If you're looking for a quick and utterly delicious weeknight meal that'll delight your family's taste buds look no further! Our Fast & Fabulous recipe for Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup fits the bill beautifully.The fresh dill and lemon make this dish perfect for Spring/Summer and also give it a delicious Greek spin. The recipe calls for skinless, boneless chicken thighs instead of breasts which add the perfect amount of body to the soup and make it supremely satisfying!fast-fabulous-lemony-chicken-orzo-soup-potfast-fabulous-lemony-chicken-orzo-soup-shreddedOrzo is Italian for "barley" yet don't be fooled by it's grain-like appearance. Orzo is actually pasta that's cut in the shape of a grain of rice and can be found on the pasta aisle of your grocery store. It is quite versatile and makes a delicious side dish and also adds delicious texture to soups and great wine pairing for this Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup is a bright, lively Sauvignon Blanc. This grape variety picks up on the acidity of the soup and adds even more delicious flavor! One of my favorites is Art + Farm's "The Girls in the Vineyard" Sauvignon Blanc ($15) from northern California. It is crisp and minerally with lots of juicy flavor that synergizes deliciously with the flavors of the soup.I hope you enjoy this dish as much as we did and next time I make it I will definitely be doubling the recipe!Bon appétit,  "Fast & Fabulous: Lemony Chicken Orzo Soup" Author: Stephanie Miskew | The Glamorous Gourmet Serves: 4 Ingredients

  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 medium leek, white and pale-green parts only, halved lengthwise, sliced crosswise 1/2" thick
  • 2 celery stalks, sliced crosswise, 1/2" thick
  • 1 lb. skinless, boneless chicken thighs
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh dill
  • Kosher salt and freshly group black pepper
  • Lemon wedges for serving
  1. Heat oil in a large heavy soup pot over medium heat. Add leek and celery and cook, stirring often, until vegetables are soft, approximately 5 minutes.
  2. Add chicken and broth and bring to a boil, cover, reduce heat and simmer until chicken is cooked through, 15-20 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate and let cool. Using two forks, shred the chicken into bite sized pieces.
  3. Return the broth to a boil and add the orzo. Cook until al dente, approximately 8-10 minutes. Once orzo is done, return chicken to the pot and add the fresh dill and cook over low heat until chicken is warmed through, about 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper to taste and serve with lemon wedges for squeezing over the soup.
Stephanie Miskew
Stephanie Miskew