Chicken Orzo Soup

This quick chicken orzo soup has warm, comforting flavors from the perfect combination of broth, chicken and vegetables. The orzo makes it filling without weighing it down.

Chicken Orzo Soup
Photo: Photography / Jennifer Causey, Styling / Melissa Gray / Kay Clarke
Active Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
30 mins


  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

  • 4 medium carrots, thinly sliced

  • 2 large celery stalks, thinly sliced

  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 8 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth

  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken breast

  • ¾ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning

  • ¼ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 cup whole-wheat orzo


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven or other large pot over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery, onion and garlic; cook, stirring often, until the vegetables are just soft, about 8 minutes. Stir in broth, chicken, salt, Italian seasoning and pepper; bring to a boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium and gently boil, undisturbed, for 5 minutes. Stir in orzo and cook, undisturbed, until the orzo is tender, 8 to 10 minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

454 Calories
12g Fat
41g Carbs
43g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size about 2 cups
Calories 454
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 9g 32%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 43g 86%
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 89mg 30%
Vitamin A 10358IU 207%
Sodium 722mg 31%
Potassium 586mg 12%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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