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This lemon chicken orzo soup is just what the doctor ordered for those cold, winter afternoons. Add a tossed green salad or hunk of warm, homemade bread and settle into a spot by the fireplace. A rotisserie chicken is a great solution when needing a quick and easy dinner, and one will also work well in this soup, making the prep time even shorter. If using pre-cooked chicken, add 3 cups towards the end of the recipe while the orzo cooks. This will give the chicken time to heat thoroughly.


Credit: Antonis Achilleos; Prop Styling; Heather Chadduck Hillegas; Food Styling: Emily Nabors Hall

Recipe Summary

40 mins
15 mins
Serves 6


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Instructions Checklist
  • Using a vegetable peeler, remove 6 (2-inch) lemon peel strips from lemon. Squeeze lemon to equal 2 tablespoons juice. Set aside strips and juice.

  • Heat oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high. Add shallots and rosemary. Cook, stirring occasionally, until translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Add lemon peel strips, stock, and potatoes. Bring to a boil over high; reduce heat to medium. Add chicken and salt, and cook 10 minutes. Add orzo, and cook until a thermometer inserted in thickest part of chicken registers 165°F and potatoes and orzo are tender, about 10 minutes more.

  • Remove and discard lemon peel strips. Remove and shred chicken; return to soup. Stir in lemon juice. Ladle soup into bowls; sprinkle evenly with chopped parsley.