Lemon chicken orzo soup! This soup is cozy, hearty and SO delicious. Made with homemade chicken stock and loads of vegetables like carrots & celery, this is a spin on a traditional classic (might I add some of the best chicken soup I’ve ever made or tasted).
It’s finished off with orzo and loads of fresh lemon juice, as well as chopped dill and parsley. Don’t forget to add a good amount of fresh cracked Spice Tribe Black Peppercorns. I’m using @spicetribe here!
- For the Chicken Stock:
- 1 yellow onion, with peel
- 3 carrots
- 1 head of garlic, with peel
- 2 ribs of celery
- 6 chicken wings
- 2 chicken breasts
- 2.5 quarts of water
- 1 teaspoon Spice Tribe Black Peppercorns
- Salt to taste
- For the Soup :
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 3 ribs of celery
- 3 carrots, sliced on a bias
- 1 yellow onion
- 1 tablespoon flour
- 4 cups chicken stock
- 2 cups chicken, shredded
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 1 cup cooked orzo
- Juice of 1 lemon, 2 if you prefer more acid
- Handful of dill and parsley, finely chopped
- Begin by making your chicken stock. In a stock pot, add your onion, carrots, garlic, celery, salt, chicken (wings and tenders), water and peppercorns, mix well. Bring the stock to a boil and then simmer for 50-60 minutes.
- Remove the skim of the stock and remove your cooked chicken on a separate plate. Strain your broth and reserve the liquid for your soup. Makes about 4 cups.
- In a dutch oven, or the same pot as the stock, heat olive oil and butter until melted and glistened. Toss in your celery, carrots and onions. Stir for 5-10 minutes.
- Next add in your flour and sauté and sweat out your vegetables for another 10 minutes, and until the flour has dissolved in. Add in your stock and simmer until the vegetables are soft, about 30-40 minutes. Adjust with salt and pepper.
- While the vegetables are cooking, cook your orzo according to the package instruction. Strain and set that aside when ready. At this point, also take your chicken and shred them.
- Once your vegetables are soft, add in your shredded chicken and orzo. Make sure all is warm and combined. Turn off the heat, add in lemon juice (up to your preference, I’ll add about juice of 1 lemon) and fresh herbs (chopped parsley and dill). Serve immediately.