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Lemon Orzo Soup with Chicken
and vegetable sticks / ranch dressing

Active: 30 minTotal: 30 min
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Lemon juice stirred in at the end of cooking gives this simple soup a bright, fresh flavor.
Smarts: If making the soup ahead (or planning on having leftovers), cook the orzo separately and stir it into the soup just before serving. The orzo will absorb most of the liquid if combined too far ahead of time.



Ranch Dressing:
  • Cilantro leaves - 1 Tbsp, finely chopped
  • Chives (opt) - 1 Tbsp, finely chopped
  • Mayonnaise - 2 Tbsp
  • Vinegar, white wine - 1 tsp
  • Sour cream - 1/4 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
  • Dill, dried (opt) - 1/2 tsp
  • Garlic powder - 1/4 tsp
Lemon Orzo Soup with Chicken:
  • Onions, medium - 1/2, diced
  • Rotisserie chicken - 1/2, meat shredded
  • Oil, olive - 1 Tbsp
  • Thyme, dried - 1/2 tsp
  • Stock, any type - 3 1/2 cups
  • Bay leaves - 2
  • Pasta, uncooked orzo - 3/4 cup
  • Lemon juice - 1 Tbsp
Vegetable Sticks and Ranch Dressing:
  • Cucumbers - 8 oz, sticks for dipping
  • Carrots, baby - 8 oz
  • Ranch Dressing (ingredients listed separately) - 1/2 cup

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Serving Size: 1 serving
Servings Per Recipe 4
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  1. Onions - Chop onions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Make ranch dressing - Skip if dressing was made ahead for Tuesday. Finely chop cilantro and chives. Combine cilantro, chives, mayonnaise, vinegar, sour cream, dried dill, and garlic powder. Add a splash of water or milk if the dressing is too thick. (Can be done up to 4 days ahead)
  3. Rotisserie chicken - Skip if meat was shredded ahead for Tuesday. Take meat off the bone and shred with a knife. (Can be done up to 3 days ahead)
  4. Cucumbers - Slice cucumbers into sticks for dipping. (Can be done 1 day ahead)


  1. Heat a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add oil and then onions. Saute onions until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  2. Add thyme and saute for 1 minute more.
  3. Pour stock over onions and add bay leaves. Bring to a simmer.
  4. When soup is simmering, add orzo. Simmer until orzo is tender, ~10 minutes.
  5. Turn off heat under soup and stir in chicken and lemon juice. Season with some salt.
  6. Serve soup with cucumbers and carrots on the side for dipping in dressing. Enjoy!

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This meal has 38 reviews

Easy, good. Used rotisserie, nice alternate version of chicken soup. Made whole30- compliant & packed for lunches. The user recommending red pepper flakes is good idea.

By: Jessie
Posted: Feb 05, 2019
Diet: Paleo

Just made the soup since we had a salad kit on hand to pair with it. Definitely needed extra broth! We added extra onion and thyme, plus some lemon zest. Really savory and delicious!

By: Kelley
Posted: Jan 29, 2019
Diet: Original

Kids loved it, we loved it, it’s all great. I used bone broth (aka fancy stock) and I didn’t have any left to take to work the next day.

By: Betsy
Posted: Jan 10, 2019
Diet: Original

Definitely double the broth! Excellent and simple.

By: Caroline
Posted: Oct 18, 2018
Diet: Original

So easy, esp since I already had a shredded rotisserie chicken in the freezer. Made it for my in-laws after a long international flight to help nourish and hydrate them.

By: Felice
Posted: Jun 30, 2018
Diet: Original

This is a great meal for when you're sick! We cooked the orzo separately for leftovers and stirred it into the broth when ready to serve to keep it from getting mushy.

By: Amy
Posted: Jun 05, 2018
Diet: Original