Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup
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Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

Jennifer Drummond

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

This healthy, flavorful soup is loaded with tons of fresh, nutritious ingredients like spinach, carrots, celery, and onion and simmers in a slow cooker while you're away at work so it tastes like it cooked all day — because it did.

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6
Servings
175
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • One 8-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • medium-sized carrots, diced
  • 2/3  Cups  diced celery
  • 2/3  Cups  diced onion
  • 1/2  Tablespoon  ground pepper
  • 2  Teaspoons  rosemary
  • 2  Teaspoons  thyme
  • 1/4  Cup  lemon juice
  • 4  Cups  low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2  Cups  water
  • Handful of spinach, stemmed
  • 1/2  Cup  orzo
  • Parmesan, for serving (optional)

Directions

Combine all of the ingredients except for the spinach, orzo, and Parmesan in a slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-9 hours or on high for 5-6 hours. About 1 hour before the chicken is done, shred the chicken with a fork. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the orzo pasta according to the package directions. 

About 5 minutes before serving, add the spinach and orzo pasta. Wait for the spinach to wilt. Top the soup with a little Parmesan cheese, if using. 

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
4g
6%
Sugar
3g
3%
Saturated Fat
1g
4%
Cholesterol
11mg
4%
Carbohydrate, by difference
27g
21%
Protein
8g
17%
Vitamin A, RAE
97µg
14%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
6mg
8%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
10µg
11%
Calcium, Ca
102mg
10%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
51µg
13%
Iron, Fe
5mg
28%
Magnesium, Mg
29mg
9%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
92mg
13%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
636mg
42%
Water
215g
8%
Zinc, Zn
1mg
13%

Slow Cooker Shopping Tip

Try to create a balanced meal when shopping: look for a starch, a protein, and some greens.

Slow Cooker Cooking Tip

When preparing meals try to avoid repetition of similar foods and flavors - aim for variety in textures, colors, and cooking methods.