This healthy, easy soup is loaded with vegetables, protein and fiber to keep you full and fueled. Serve this winter soup topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan cheese, and a side of garlic toast.

Breana Killeen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November 2019


Recipe Summary

40 mins
40 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large pot over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon each oregano (and/or thyme), salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the chicken to a plate.

  • Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil, onions, carrots and celery to the pan. Cook, scraping up any browned bits, until the vegetables are soft and lightly browned, 3 to 5 minutes. Add garlic, bay leaf and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon oregano (and/or thyme). Cook, stirring, until fragrant, 30 to 60 seconds.

  • Add broth and bring to a boil over high heat. Add orzo. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer, cover and cook for 5 minutes. Add kale and the chicken, along with any accumulated juices. Continue cooking until the orzo is tender and the chicken is cooked through, 5 to 8 minutes more.

  • Remove from heat. Discard bay leaf. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice and the remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

Nutrition Facts

245 calories; protein 21.1g 42% DV; carbohydrates 24.2g 8% DV; exchange other carbs 1.5; dietary fiber 5.4g 22% DV; sugars 4.6g; fat 7g 11% DV; saturated fat 1.2g 6% DV; cholesterol 41.8mg 14% DV; vitamin a iu 4723.8IU 95% DV; vitamin c 22.2mg 37% DV; folate 39.4mcg 10% DV; calcium 56.7mg 6% DV; iron 1mg 6% DV; magnesium 30.8mg 11% DV; potassium 480mg 13% DV; sodium 638.9mg 26% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 1
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Rating: 5 stars
I've made this several times now. Great reviews every time and a good way to get some kale into your diet (you don't really taste it in my opinion). The lemon adds a nice zing. Leftovers heat up well too! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
I did not add the lemon to it. I used baby spinach not kale. I cut the recipe in half for the 2 of us. I was quick and easy. We both enjoyed it. I will make it again. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
Overall really good flavor. It was the perfect light lunch to bring to work. I followed the recipe exactly except I packed the kale when measuring it and found it to be a lot of kale so I ended up adding a few cups more of broth. I froze it without the orzo and found it froze well. Plan to make again! Read More