Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a delicious chicken soup with pasta that is cooked right in your slow cooker. This easy crock pot soup is pure comfort food to warm you from the inside out on a chilly day. One of the best crock pot recipes to cure what ails you. Flu buster lemon orzo soup to the rescue!

bowl of lemon chicken orzo soup garnished with fresh lemon slices

When trying to decide what to name this tasty soup recipe, I thought about the following options:

  • Feel-Good Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
  • Goddess Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
  • What I Eat When My Husband Is Out of Town and I Get to Pick the Menu Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
  • Take THAT You Nasty Cold Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
  • Best Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup EVERRRRRRR

This is an entire slow cooker of good, clean, healthy, happy food we have right here.

Every bite of this soup made me feel alive and nourished. It’s light, bright, and packed with veggies, lean protein, and whole grains. It will fill and warm you to your core, without weighing you down, and the leftovers are just as tasty as the bowl you eat the day you make it.

It’s the sort of midday pick-me-up I long for in the middle of a weekday, but it is hearty enough to satisfy me on a chilly evening. I used to think Creamy Chicken and Wild Rice Soup was my favorite (or maybe one of these other crockpot soups), but not anymore.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Soup with Spinach

Per usual, I shopped for my lemon chicken orzo soup ingredients at Pick ‘n Save, my local Wisconsin grocery store for which I’m in my third year of creating and sharing recipes highlighting some of my favorite Pick ‘n Save products. I especially love the Simple Truth line, which is an array of products you’ll find throughout the store that are either organic or natural, free from 101 artificial ingredients and preservatives. For today’s soup, I’m using the Simple Truth Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth. It’s rich, savory, and one of the most important flavor foundations in broth-based soups like this one.

While this soup bears some resemblance to a classic chicken and noodle—lots of warm broth and chunks of juicy chicken—a few important additions make it taste extra special and unique.

Ingredients to make Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Notable Characteristics of Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

A handful of fresh dill makes the soup herbaceous and lively, and a generous squeeze of lemon juice wakes up the flavors and makes the soup incredibly refreshing and almost cleansing.

In case the vibrant flavors, feel-good ingredients, and homey comfort of this soup are not reason enough to make it, I am going to give you one more: SLOW COOKER. This is one of those magical crock pot recipes that require no pre-cooking of any sort. Simply dump the ingredients into your slow cooker, turn it on, then go about your business. In a few hours, you’ll have a hearty meal ready to serve. (For more classic flavors, I’ve got you covered with Crock Pot Chicken Noodle Soup!)

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup {Crock Pot}

4.74 from 19 votes
A bright and delicious Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, made easy in the crock pot! Filled with fresh, healthy ingredients and absolutely delicious.   UPDATE 3/10: Because the orzo was turning out mushy for some, the recipe was revised to add it in the last 30 minutes before the soup is finished cooking. Please also note that regular (white) orzo can cook more quickly than whole wheat orzo (how the recipe was tested), so if you decide to use white orzo instead, you may want to wait longer to add it or check it a bit early.

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 4 hrs 35 mins
Total: 4 hrs 50 mins

Servings: 6 servings (12–14 cups total)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts trimmed of excess fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 medium carrots peeled and diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 3 medium stalks celery diced (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 medium yellow onion finely diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • cups Simple Truth Organic Low Sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 cup whole wheat orzo*
  • 3 cups roughly chopped spinach loosely packed (about 3 ounces)
  • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice about 1 large lemon
  • 2 tablespoons  chopped fresh dill

Instructions
 

  • Lightly coat a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. Place the chicken in the bottom, then season with salt and pepper. Add the carrots, celery, onion, garlic, and basil. Pour the chicken broth over the top.
  • Cover and cook until the chicken is cooked through, about 1 hour 45 minutes to 2 hours 30 minutes on high or 4 to 6 hours on low. Remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred or chop, then return to the slow cooker along with the orzo. Turn the heat to high and let cook, uncovered, for 30 minutes. Add the spinach, lemon juice, and dill. If you desire a thinner soup, add a bit of water or additional chicken broth. Cover and continue cooking on high for 5 additional minutes, just until the spinach wilts. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired. Enjoy warm.

Notes

  • *Please note that regular (white) orzo can cook more quickly than whole wheat orzo (how the recipe was tested), so if you decide to use white orzo instead, you may want to wait longer to add it or check it a bit early.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days or freeze for up to 3 months. Let thaw overnight in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Serving: 1(of 6), about 2 heaping cupsCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 28gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 65mgSodium: 489mgFiber: 3gSugar: 4g

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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a delicious chicken soup with pasta that is made right in your slow cooker. This easy crock pot soup is pure comfort food to warm you from the inside out on a chilly day.

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  1. I also have the mushy orzo problem…and I’m only just over 3 hours on low in my crockpot. It smells delicious, but looks like we’ll have chicken and a spinach salad instead. It’s way too mushy to eat :( Where do you buy your whole wheat orzo? I haven’t been able to find it so did use regular. 

    1. Hi Laura, I buy whole wheat orzo at my regular grocery store (the Delallo brand). I’m sorry to hear you ran into a problem with mushy orzo. I’ve now added a recipe note to clarify this, but regular orzo will definitely be done faster than whole wheat called for in the recipe, so if you make the swap, you’ll want to add it later on in the process. If you try it again, I hope that’ll do the trick.

  2. After reading several comments referencing mushy orzo I decided to cook mine separately and add it to the Crock Pot just before serving. I used DeLallo regular as my store does not stock the whole wheat version. The soup was delicious and the orzo was cooked perfectly! My 2 year old granddaughter gave it a two thumbs up! I will definitely prepare this again. Thank you!5 stars

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed the soup, Candise! Thank you so much for reporting back and sharing your tip about cooking the orzo separately. That’s definitely an good option if you’re concerned about the texture and aren’t able to find a whole wheat version!

  3. Hi Alma, I’m so sorry to hear that the recipe didn’t turn out for you. The orzo was soft in my batch, but it shouldn’t be mushy. Since a few others have reported this too, I’ve updated the recipe with instructions to add the orzo later on in the process. I know it’s disappointing to try something new and not have it turn out, so I truly with you would have enjoyed this!

  4. Made this soup for dinner tonight and it was so wonderful. I did make it stove top and that worked out fine. I happened to have barley in the pantry so I used that instead of the orzo. It worked out great. My husband loved this soup too and I will definitely make it again.5 stars

    1. I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Patty! Barley sounds like it would be delicious in the soup. Thank you for taking the time to share your tweaks and for leaving this lovely review!

  5. I remade this because I wasn’t ready to give up on it and it turned out delicious! I cooked everything on the crockpot and just cooked the orzo separate and poured it in at the end. Even my picky 6yr old cleaned her bowl. 5 stars

  6. Very tasty! If you’re like me and are using reconstituted lemon juice instead of squeezing a lemon, maybe 1/4 cup instead of a 1/3 cup. Otherwise, extremely good and very easy!4 stars

  7. Yummm! My son went back for thirds! . I am on a diet..or change of diet with less carbs and clean foods. I made this in a smaller crockpot with 4 cups of broth. No rice but used garlic and herb seasoning. (Has basil in it) and soften the onions with some celery. Every thing else same as recipe but made it with two garlic cloves and one tablespoon dill. It’s perfect. Just delicious as it is.

    Thank You!5 stars

    1. Sherry, thank you so much for taking the time to leave this awesome review and share your tweaks. I’m so glad to hear it was a hit!

  8. So thrilled to have found your blog as I also live in Milwaukee! Since our weather was a bit chilly today I decided to make this in my crockpot. It turned out amazing. The fresh dill was such a perfect touch of flavor. Thanks for the recipe :) 5 stars

    1. Kacie, I’m glad to hear you enjoyed the soup! Thanks so much for taking the time to try it out and report back. :)

  9. I am looking to make this in a crockpot for an after church potluck lunch. Do you suggest cooking ahead of time and then reheating or trying to time it so that it is ready by lunchtime since I won’t be able to check on it periodically while its cooking if I time it to be ready by noon. Can’t wait to try this!

    1. Hi Emily! If you don’t mind the pasta being a little overly soft, I think it would be OK to reheat (the pasta softens when it’s reheated). Otherwise, I’d try to time it to be done at noon if you can. I hope you all enjoy it!

  10. I made bone broth chicken as a base and then made the soup in about one hour (the bone broth chicken tskes 24-48 hrs) several times.
    Delish!! I also used sweet potatoes or regular potatoes instead of orzo as well.5 stars

    1. WHOO HOOO! I am so happy and excited to hear that Carol. Thanks for taking time to leave this wonderful review.

  11. I love the flavor of this soup, so perfect for a fall day! However, I followed the directions and my carrots turned out super hard at the end… any idea why this happened?4 stars

    1. Hi Annick, it may be that the carrots pieces were on the bigger side and didn’t have enough time to cook through. I’d try cutting them slightly smaller next time. I hope that helps, and I’m glad you enjoyed the flavor of the soup!

    1. Hi Laura, I’m sorry, but I don’t have tips to offer in the case of this recipe, especially since pasta can be more particular. If you play around, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  12. The only modification I made to this was using ditalini pasta instead of orzo. When everything else was done I added the noodles for 10 minutes and it was WONDERFUL. So warm and cozy and fresh. 5 stars

  13. This looks delicious! I can’t wait to try…do you have any recommendations to substitute the orzo if wanting a gluten free option?

    1. Hi Nikki! While I have not tried the recipe this way, you could experiment with gluten free orzo or rice. For each of these, I recommend cooking them according to the package directions, and then stirring them into the soup at the very end. If you try the recipe, I’d love to hear how it goes!

  14. I adapted this recipe to the Instant Pot and it is awesome! Only recipe change was reducing the broth to 6 cups.

    1. Turn Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Add oil, carrots, celery, onion, garlic and basil. Sauté for 30 seconds. Add chicken breasts, broth, salt and pepper and give a quick stir.

    2. Close Instant Pot lid with pressure valve to sealing. Pressure cook (HI) for 8 minutes for 2 whole chicken breasts (6 mins for 4 chicken breasts pieces). Allow natural pressure release or quick release after 5 minute NPR.

    3. Open the Instant Pot. Take the Chicken Breasts out and shred them with a a fork.

    4. Set Instant Pot to Sauté mode. Add orzo and shredded chicken. Cook for 6-7 mins or until the orzo is cooked.

    5. Add spinach, lemon juice and dill and stir everything together. Turn the Instant Pot off.

    6. Taste and add additional salt and pepper as desired. Enjoy warm.5 stars

  15. Thank you! This soup is the best, I make it often. Our gym friends gather around Valentine’s Day for a soup luncheon. They always want this soup because it’s so healthy and delicious, I do use rice instead of orzo as one person is gluten intolerant. The lemon and dill are so important. I have even tempered an egg and whisked it in to make it richer.
    People even bring containers to take some home. I make in my instant pot instead of slow cooker and goes together fast.5 stars

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