Rating: 4.5 stars
8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0

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

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Recipe Summary

active:
40 mins
total:
40 mins
Servings:
6
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • 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.

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  • 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; carbohydrates 24.2g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 4.6g; fat 7g; saturated fat 1.2g; cholesterol 41.8mg; vitamin a iu 4723.8IU; vitamin c 22.2mg; folate 39.4mcg; calcium 56.7mg; iron 1mg; magnesium 30.8mg; potassium 480mg; sodium 638.9mg.
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Reviews (7)

8 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 5
  • 4 star values: 2
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
04/19/2020
I m a soup lover and this recipe did not disappoint! I did alter the recipe a bit as I don t care for kale and I didn t want the orzo to soak up the broth. I doubled the broth used only half a lemon and substituted spinach for the kale. Excellent! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/16/2020
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
04/19/2020
Easy tasty and big thumbs up from family! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/11/2019
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
Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2020
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: 3 stars
05/02/2021
Easy and flavor was very good but the orzo soaked up all the broth and became a gelatinous mass next day. I would cook the orzo separately or omit it altogether. There's enough in the soup to be good without it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/22/2021
Fast and easy with a cooked all day taste. We loved this soup so much we cooked a big batch and are set for the week. Soup for lunch it is! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/06/2020
This soup is so good! Reminds me of Greek lemon orzo soup. It only made 5 bowls though. This soup is very lemony and good if you like lemon but if you aren t a big lemon person I definitely would tell you to do less lemon then. Overall a good soup and will make again! Read More