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, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added, No Sugar Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 14g 21%
  • Carbs 80g 27%
  • Saturated 3g 17%
  • Fiber 10g 39%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 14g
  • Monounsaturated 4g
  • Polyunsaturated 3g
  • Protein 81g 162%
  • Cholesterol 166mg 55%
  • Sodium 577mg 24%
  • Calcium 217mg 22%
  • Magnesium 164mg 41%
  • Potassium 2,636mg 75%
  • Iron 6mg 31%
  • Zinc 4mg 27%
  • Phosphorus 976mg 139%
  • Vitamin A 1,133µg 126%
  • Vitamin C 47mg 78%
  • Thiamin (B1) 0mg 28%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 54%
  • Niacin (B3) 38mg 188%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 121%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 143µg 36%
  • Vitamin B12 1µg 24%
  • Vitamin D 2IU 1%
  • Vitamin E 3mg 14%
  • Vitamin K 118µg 148%
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