This is a Cooking Light recipe I modified. I substituted store-bought rotisserie chicken and chicken stock in place of making my own. I serve this with some grated Romano cheese on top.
- 9 cups chicken stock
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 1⁄3 cups carrots, chopped
- 1 1⁄3 cups onions, chopped
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1 rotisserie-cooked chicken, shredded (about 3 cups)
- 8 ounces orzo pasta, uncooked
- 1⁄4 cup fresh flat-leaf parsley, chopped
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons lemon rind, grated
- 1⁄4 cup fresh lemon juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon black pepper, coarsely cracked (optional)
- 1⁄4 cup romano cheese, grated (optional)
- 1. Heat olive oil in a large dutch oven.
- 2. Add carrot, onion, celery, garlic, thyme, lemon rind and salt. Saute over medium heat until vegetables begin to soften.
- 3. Add chicken stock and lemon juice. Bring to a boil.
- 4. Add chicken and orzo. Simmer until orzo is cooked thru.
- 5. Just before serving add parsley. Garnish with black pepper and Romano cheese.
I am making this tonight, but a little shocked at the nutritional info? I am using just part of a rotisserie chicken from which I have removed the skin and simmered. I am cooling now and am going to skim off the fat. Also reducing the amt of orzo to 1/2 cup.
This is really very tasty soup. I used the juice and rind from two lemons, but might up it to three lemons next time.
I made this once, and it was a hit, but somehow I lost this recipe. I've tried several other Lemon Chicken Orzo soup from other food network sites. But most of them turned out bitter. Glad I find this again. I found out the other sites called for way too much lemon. Its like 4 times the lemon here, and because of that, no one liked my soup. <br/>Today, I made this again. My kids love it so much that they are asking to have it for school lunch tomorrow. Thanks for sharing such great recipe.