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
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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
198
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • One 8-ounce boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • 2 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
26mg
9%
Carbohydrate, by difference
27g
21%
Protein
13g
28%
Vitamin A, RAE
91µg
13%
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid
2mg
3%
Vitamin K (phylloquinone)
29µg
32%
Calcium, Ca
124mg
12%
Choline, total
4mg
1%
Fiber, total dietary
3g
12%
Folate, total
48µg
12%
Iron, Fe
7mg
39%
Magnesium, Mg
27mg
8%
Manganese, Mn
1mg
56%
Niacin
3mg
21%
Phosphorus, P
88mg
13%
Selenium, Se
7µg
13%
Sodium, Na
705mg
47%
Water
193g
7%
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.