Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
Au Bon Pain
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

When you’re feeling under the weather, there’s nothing like a bowl of chicken noodle soup to warm you up. This delicious take on the classic, courtesy of Au Bon Pain, has a bright spring flavor thanks to a hint of lemon and fresh herbs. Finish the soup with a little heavy cream for an extra creamy texture.

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6
Servings
614
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

You can use a rotisserie-style chicken from the grocery store in this recipe; it adds a nice flavor and saves time.

Garnish the soup with freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano and more fresh basil for a beautiful presentation.

Ingredients

  • 4  Tablespoons  canola oil
  • 1  Cup  onion, medium dice
  • ½  Cup  celery, medium dice
  • ½  Cup  carrots, medium dice
  • clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1  Tablespoon  fresh thyme
  • 1  Teaspoon  basil, finely chopped
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • 6  Cups  chicken stock
  • 1  Cup  orzo, cooked
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Zest of half a lemon
  • 2  Cups  chicken breast, cooked and chopped
  • ½  Cup  heavy cream

Directions

In a heavy bottomed soup pot, heat the oil over medium heat and sauté the onion, celery, and carrots until they begin to sweat and soften, approximately 5—7 minutes. 

Add the garlic; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute more.

Season the mixture with thyme, basil, salt, and black pepper; continue cooking another 30 seconds before pouring the chicken stock into the pot and bringing it to a boil. Partially cover the pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the vegetables are just tender, about 10 minutes.

Stir the orzo, lemon juice, and lemon zest into the stock and then add the chicken. Cook until the chicken and orzo are heated through, about 5 minutes.

Add heavy cream and cook for an addition 2 to 3 minutes before serving.  

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
20g
29%
Sugar
18g
20%
Saturated Fat
4g
17%
Cholesterol
19mg
6%
Carbohydrate, by difference
90g
69%
Protein
19g
41%
Vitamin A, RAE
19µg
3%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
7mg
9%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
14µg
16%
Calcium, Ca
218mg
22%
Choline, total
11mg
3%
Fiber, total dietary
7g
28%
Folate, total
24µg
6%
Iron, Fe
2mg
11%
Magnesium, Mg
29mg
9%
Niacin
2mg
14%
Phosphorus, P
60mg
9%
Selenium, Se
5µg
9%
Sodium, Na
2085mg
100%
Water
206g
8%

Lemon Chicken Shopping Tip

Buy whole chickens and ask the butcher to quarter them for you. You will save an average of $5 per pound, or more.

Lemon Chicken Cooking Tip

Legs take longer than breasts to cook. For more consistent results, mark the chicken on the grill and then finish cooking them in an oven.

Lemon Chicken Wine Pairing

Pinot noir, gamay, merlot, zinfandel, carménère, pinotage, or grenache with grilled, roasted, or other simply cooked chicken; chardonnay, pinot gris/grigio, pinot blanc, or chenin blanc with chicken in cream or light tomato sauce or with chicken crêpes or croquettes; sauvignon blanc or sémillon with fried chicken; viognier with spiced chicken dishes.