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Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken Orzo Soup

This chicken orzo soup recipe is so light and healthy. Loaded with tender chicken meat and veggies, it's a hug in a bowl!

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Chicken orzo soup in a bowl
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This chicken orzo soup is one of my mom's recipes. Just one spoonful of that savory soup recipe, and I am back to my childhood. Sunday lunch would always start with some soup – it's a tradition in my family.


What You'll Need to Make a Chicken Orzo Soup

Chicken orzo soup ingredients in individual bowls

Here is the complete list of all ingredients needed for this recipe. For precise measurements, please look at the recipe card.
  • Onion: adding flavor.
  • Oil: I used canola oil, but you can use any oil you prefer.
  • Chicken breast meat: I used two medium/large chicken breasts for this recipe.
  • Carrots: I used two large carrots. They are adding flavor and are full of nutrients.
  • Parsnip: I used one medium-size parsnip. It's rich in antioxidants, fiber and it supports immune function.
  • Peas: I used frozen peas. It's always easy to have a frozen bag of peas on hand.
  • Vegeta seasoning: I used my favorite seasoning, Vegeta. I use it for most of my recipes. I talked more about Vegeta in this recipe.
  • Salt: adding flavor.
  • Water: I used water. I experimented with chicken stock for this recipe, but the taste is different, so I would not recommend it.
  • Orzo: The amazing pasta shaped like rice. You can find it in most grocery stores.
  • Sour cream: This might come as a surprise, but trust me – it's soooo good.
  • Lemon juice: I used fresh lemon juice. Just add a squeeze of lemon juice to the individual serving.
  • What is Orzo?

    There is always that dilemma – is orzo rice or pasta? An orzo is a form of short-cut pasta shaped like a grain of rice. It's made out of durum wheat.
    Orzo pasta in a bowl overhead shot

    Can I Use a Different Shape of Pasta?

    Yes, absolutely! Any short-cut pasta will work for this recipe. Just adjust the time of cooking pasta per package instructions.

    How do You Make a Chicken Orzo Soup?

    1. Sauté onion and chicken.
    2. Add vegetables, seasoning, water and bring to boil.
    3. Simmer for 45 minutes.
    4. Add orzo and simmer for another 10 min.
    5. Add sour cream and gently mix.
    That's it! You have a homemade chicken orzo soup.
    Chicken orzo soup in a spoon closeup shot

    How to Store a Chicken Orzo Soup

    Keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 48 hours. 

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    Chicken Orzo Soup

    Chicken orzo soup in a bowl

    This chicken orzo soup recipe is so light and healthy. Loaded with tender chicken meat and veggies, it's a hug in a bowl!


    • 1 medium onion diced
    • 2 tbsp canola oil
    • 1.5 lb uncooked chicken breast diced into bite-size pieces
    • 2 large carrots peeled and diced
    • 1 parsnip peeled and diced
    • 1.1 lb frozen peas
    • 5 tsp Vegeta seasoning
    • ½ tsp salt (more if needed)
    • 13 cups water
    • ½ cup orzo
    • 5 tbsp sour cream
    • A squeeze of lemon juice (to individual serving)


    • Step 1

      Add oil and onion to a large soup pot and sauté on medium-high heat for 5 min.

    • Step 2

      Add chicken and 3 tsp of Vegeta seasoning and mix until well combined. Add 1 cup of water and simmer for 10 min.

    • Step 3

      Add peas, carrots, parnship and 2 tsp of Vegeta seasoning, and ½ tsp salt. Add 12 cups of water and bring the soup to a boil.

    • Step 4

      Cover the soup (lid slightly ajar) and reduce the heat to medium and simmer for 45 min.

    • Step 5

      Stir in the orzo and cook for another 10 minutes. Stir it often because orzo tends to stick to the bottom of the pot.

    • Step 6

      Remove from heat and add sour cream. Mix gently, so the sour cream does not dissolve completely, and there are some bite-size pieces left. Add more salt if needed. Serve immediately. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to individual servings.


    •  Add more water (and seasoning - if needed) to the leftovers as the orzo soaks it up.

    •  Heat up the leftovers on the stove and add more sour cream if preferred.


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