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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.

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

  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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