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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

lemon chicken orzo soup Entree
Bowl of lemon, chicken orzo soup garnished with dill
  • Prep 35 min
  • Total 35 min
  • Servings 6

A cozy and comforting soup that still feels light, thanks to its bright, lemon-forward flavor. Orzo pasta and shredded rotisserie chicken make it feel like a meal—but one that’s done in just 35 minutes. MORE+ LESS-

Updated June 19, 2019
Gold Medal Flour
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Gold Medal Flour

Ingredients

2
cartons (32 oz each) Progresso™ chicken broth (8 cups)
1/4
teaspoon salt
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1/2
cup uncooked orzo pasta (3.2 oz)
1/3
cup fresh lemon juice
1/4
cup Gold Medal™ all-purpose flour
3
cups shredded deli rotisserie chicken
2
tablespoons butter
1
tablespoon chopped fresh dill leaves

Steps

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  • 1
    In 5-quart Dutch oven, add 7 cups of the chicken broth, the salt and pepper; heat to boiling. Add orzo to broth; reduce heat to medium, and simmer uncovered 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until orzo is tender.
  • 2
    In 2-cup glass measuring cup, add remaining 1 cup broth, the lemon juice and flour, beating with whisk to combine. Slowly stir mixture into soup; return to simmering. Cook and stir 1 to 2 minutes or until soup thickens slightly.
  • 3
    Stir in chicken; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through. Remove from heat; stir in butter. Divide among bowls to serve; garnish with dill leaves.

Expert Tips

  • Remember to add your dill when serving for the most impactful flavor. If you really love your dill, amp up the flavor by increasing amount to 2 tablespoons. You may also substitute 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons dried dill, if desired.
  • Fresh lemon juice is preferred over a bottled concentrate or juice to add a bright and fresh flavor to this soup.
  • This recipe is inspired by avgolemono, a Greek soup that features rice, chicken broth, egg yolks and lemon juice. Avgolemono can also take the form of a sauce featuring the same flavors, minus the rice.
  • If you’ve never cooked with orzo before, find it among the pastas in your local supermarket. This rice-shaped pasta is the perfect size for adding heft to your soup, without absorbing all the liquid. Once you try this pasta, you might find yourself smitten and craving more orzo recipes.
  • Ancient Romans believed dill was a symbol of good luck, so serve this up on New Year’s Day to start the year off right. (It may be just the comfort needed after a late night of celebrating.)
  • Looking for a few more ways to get your soup on? Explore the rest of Betty’s best soup recipes.

Nutrition Information

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
260
Calories from Fat
80
% Daily Value
Total Fat
9g
14%
Saturated Fat
4g
19%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
70mg
23%
Sodium
1560mg
65%
Potassium
210mg
6%
Total Carbohydrate
19g
6%
Dietary Fiber
1g
4%
Sugars
2g
Protein
24g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
4%
4%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
0%
0%
Iron
10%
10%
Exchanges:
1 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 0 Vegetable; 3 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 1 1/2 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choice
1
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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