Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup {Crock Pot}

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 chicken orzo soup to the rescue!


bowl of lemon chicken orzo soup garnished with fresh lemon slices

Alternative Recipe Titles for Crock Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup:

  • 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.

crock pot of lemon chicken noodle soup

Every bite of this Lemon Chicken Orzo 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 this chicken soup recipe was my favorite, 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.
Ingredients to make Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

While this Lemon Chicken Orzo 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.

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.

bowl of Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup made in a slow cooker

In case the vibrant flavors, feel-good ingredients, and homey comfort of this Lemon Chicken Orzo 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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bowl of Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup made in a slow cooker
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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup {Crock Pot}

Yield: 6 servings (12–14 cups total)
Prep Time:
15 mins
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.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Recipe 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.
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Easy Crock Pot Dinner, Easy Homemade Soup Recipe, Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup {Crock Pot}

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 6), about 2 heaping cups) — Calories: 240, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 489mg, Carbohydrates: 27g, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 4g, Protein: 28g

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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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About Erin Clarke

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  1. This soup sounds and looks amazing. With all of the germs floating around right now, I’m betting this has some healing powers. 

  2. I am alllll about soup lately! I have actually NEVER cooked with orzo….crazy right? I need to try this goodness!

  3. LOVE this soup recipe! I swear my whole campus has something going around. I also love the third and fourth alternative titles to this post. ;)

  4. LOVE how light this is, plus I LOVE LOVE LOVE orzo!

  5. So warm and comforting, yet bright. I love that in a soup!

  6. I am all about a bowl of this clean feel good delicousness right here!! This is my kind of soup!!

  7. Making this ASAP

  8. Saralee Czajkowski Reply

    Oh boy, this looks good! Will be making it for sure this week! It is so colorful too! Thanks again!

  9. Any thoughts on making this on the stove top?

  10. This looks scrumptious. We love lemon chicken (avgolemeno? greek soup) in our house. Love the idea of adding dill! Will be making this later in the week, thank you for sharing!!

  11. So wonderful and vibrant. Love it! (:

  12. Hey girl- this looks really good!

  13. Hi Erin,
    After years of cooking when my children were growing up, I took a semi-hiatus when the last one headed off to college. :) You are making me want to cook again! This soup is delicious – so fresh and tasty with just the right tang from the lemon. I loved it and love reading your blog.! Thank you.

    • Diana, I’m so glad you loved the soup! Thank YOU for reading my blog and for taking the time to let me know how the soup turned out.

  14. Hi Bianca, the orzo should be soft but definitely not mushy. Did the chicken cook properly? Every slow cooker is a little different, so my guess would be that yours may run a bit hotter than average.

  15. I love the barenof the soup – especially adding fresh dill. However, we need more spices – I tried smoked paprika for a bowl, any other suggestions?  My husband added more spices for him. Do you have any other suggestions?  Nice soup! I’ll make it again for sure! 

    • Judy, I’m so happy that you and your husband enjoyed the soup! It’s not really meant to be spicy, it’s more like a chicken noodle, but if you want more flavor, adding additional fresh herbs like basil could be a nice way to give it another level of flavor. For heat, a pinch of red pepper flakes always does the trick too!

  16. I made this soup today- 02/18/2017- and it was just as delicious as your picture looked! ( and it did look like your pic) I thought all the spinach would be too much- not one bit. Awesome. The flavor bonanza was wonderful.
    The only thing I did not like was that the orzo was somewhat overcooked at 4 hours. Next time I’ll only cook it for 3 hours and see how that does. My husband is a big soup fan and loved it, also.

    I got this recipe from YUMMLY! Thank you for a great crockpot meal!

    • Hi Jennifer! I’m so glad you and your husband loved the soup! If you didn’t care for the texture of the orzo after 4 hours, then your idea to put it in a little later is a great one. Thanks so much for reporting back!

  17. Made this tonight– so yummy!! Only thing was the orzo cooked quicker than the chicken…maybe cook one separately? I still happily gulped it down!

    • Hi Katherine! I’m so happy that you enjoyed the soup. If the orzo finished cooking before the chicken and you didn’t care for the texture, I would suggest just adding the a little later on in the process. Thanks so much for trying the recipe and letting me know how it went!

  18. Very good soup! I did find it to be a bit too lemony (I think 1/4 cup of lemon juice would do), but overall good!

    • Hi Victoria! I’m so happy to hear you enjoyed the soup! Reducing the amount of lemon juice is the perfect option if you prefer a little less lemon flavor. Thanks for reporting back on how the recipe turned out!

  19. Oops –  meant to type “rate “the recipe. 

  20. Hi Dana, it sounds like the orzo was done closer to the 4-hour mark. I do recommend using whole wheat orzo for the best texture, and it’s helpful to check the slow cooker on the early side of the ranges given. I’m glad you enjoyed the flavor, and if you do give the recipe another try, I hope the tweak will get the orzo texture more to your liking!

  21. 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. 

    • 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.

  22. 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!

    • 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!

  23. 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!

  24. 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.

    • 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!

  25. 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. 

  26. 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!

  27. I LOVE all of your recipes! Trying this one today! Cannot wait! :) THANK YOU ERIN!

  28. 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!

    • 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!

  29. 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 :) 

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

  30. Elaine is coming over tomorrow and I’m cooking this for dinner!

  31. 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!

    • 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!

  32. 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.

  33. 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?

    • 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!

  34. Any suggestions for making this in the Instant pot? Thanks!

    • 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!

  35. Just made this in the crock pot. It is delicious!

  36. 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. 

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