Lemon Orzo Chicken Soup

  • 2-3 cups cooked shredded chicken*
  • 32 oz chicken broth or stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 small or ½ large sweet onion, minced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced (1 tsp)
  • Zest of one lemon (optional)
  • Juice of one lemon (1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • ½ tsp ground thyme
  • 1 tsp dried or 1 tbsp fresh rosemary
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
Place chicken,* broth/stock, water, onion, garlic, lemon zest, and seasonings into large crock pot on low for 4-8 hours. An hour before serving, add lemon juice and orzo. If preparing a day ahead, cook orzo separately and add when serving because this pasta will expand significantly in the liquid. (Keep this in mind with leftovers as well.)

*(You can also use 1 lb uncooked chicken breast pieces; just remove, shred, and place back in pot when adding orzo.)

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This soup will fill your house with maddeningly delicious aromas! Be warned!

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