Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken and Orzo Soup

Jennifer Drummond


  •   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)

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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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. 


Calories per serving:

124 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Low Fat Abs, Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Pork Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 2g 3%
  • Carbs 13g 4%
  • Saturated 1g 3%
  • Fiber 2g 7%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 2g
  • Monounsaturated 1g
  • Polyunsaturated 0g
  • Protein 13g 27%
  • Cholesterol 28mg 9%
  • Sodium 96mg 4%
  • Calcium 36mg 4%
  • Magnesium 27mg 7%
  • Potassium 439mg 13%
  • Iron 1mg 5%
  • Zinc 1mg 4%
  • Phosphorus 163mg 23%
  • Vitamin A 189µg 21%
  • Vitamin C 8mg 13%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 5%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 0mg 9%
  • Niacin (B3) 6mg 31%
  • Vitamin B6 0mg 20%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 24µg 6%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 4%
  • Vitamin D 0IU 0%
  • Vitamin E 0mg 2%
  • Vitamin K 20µg 25%
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