Monday, September 16, 2013

Low-Calorie Orzo Chicken Soup

Fall is in the air and I'm suddenly craving soup. But nothing too heavy. I'll take it nice and light, please. This is a great soup that reminds me of Chicken Noodle Soup, but with cute dainty rice like noodles. My kids gave it two thumbs up and especially liked the veggies. (I took a double take when they said that.)

Orzo Chicken Soup
PREP: 15 minutes           COOK: 25 minutes            READY IN: 40 minutes

  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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  • 32 ounces organic chicken broth, divided
  • 1/2 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
  • 1/2 cup celery, chopped
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken, shredded
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 3 fresh parsley sprigs 
  • 1 teaspoon thyme 
  • 1/2 fresh lemon, squeezed
  • dash sea salt
  • dash fresh ground pepper


  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add orzo. Cook for about 10 minutes, or until chicken broth is absorbed.
  2. While that is cooking, heat up a large pan on medium heat. Add the olive oil and swirl to coat. Add the carrots, celery, onion, chicken, the remaining chicken broth (approximately 2 1/4 cups), water, parsley, and thyme. Bring to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cook for 10 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender.  
  3. Remove parsley sprigs.
  4. Add orzo, lemon, salt and pepper. Simmer one minute.  


    1 serving (approximately 1 cup)    257 calories   6.2g fat   20.1g carbs    27.9g protein    3.4g sugar   
For a variation in this recipe, feel free to add spinach at the end with the lemon, salt and pepper.

*Simple Tip

I love buying whole, cooked rotisserie chickens from our local grocery store. I debone it when I get home and throw it right into the freezer. It makes for quick and easy meals when I need them. 

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home.


Heather Kinnaird said...

GREAT tip about the chicken :) and that soup looks terrific

Amy Lee Scott said...

Soup season is my favorite and this looks amazing! This would also be perfect to have in the freezer for those frazzled nights when making a healthy dinner seems like way too much to handle :)

Cambria said...

Thanks, Heather! We'll try to keep passing on some of our "simplify" tips.

Cambria said...

You are so right, Amy, this is a great one to have up your sleeve when life gets crazy. We hope you like it!


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