Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

On last week’s What I Ate Wednesday post I shared a photo of Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup that I made.  A few of you asked for me to share the recipe.  While LiveRunLoveYoga is mostly a running and yoga blog I do feel it is appropriate from time to time to share some of my favorite meals and recipes as fuel is beyond important from both runners and yogi’s alike!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup by Ellie Krieger

Note: This is from Ellie Krieger’s cookbook The Food You Crave.

I love this served with mini grilled cheese sandwiches on ciabatta bread with sautéed onions and cheddar cheese. 

Serves 4.


  • 4 teaspoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces chicken breasts, skinless and boneless, cut into small chunks
  • 1 pinch salt, plus more to taste
  • 1 medium onion, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 stalks celery, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 medium carrot, diced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme, chopped (or 1/2 t dried)
  • 6 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • fresh ground black pepper, to taste
  • Heat 2 teaspoons of the oil in a soup pot over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt, add it to the pot, and cook, stirring a few times, until just cooked through, about 5 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a dish and set aside.
  • Add the remaining 2 teaspoons oil to the pot. Add the onion, celery, carrot, and thyme and cook, stirring over medium-high heat until the vegetables are tender, about 5 minutes. Add 5 cups of the broth and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and let simmer until tender, about 8 minutes. Turn the heat down to low to keep the soup hot but not boiling.
  • Warm the remaining 1 cup of broth in a small saucepan until it is hot but not boiling. In a medium bowl beat the eggs. Gradually whisk the lemon juice into the eggs. Then gradually add the hot broth to the lemon-egg mixture, whisking all the while. Add the mixture to the soup, stirring well until the soup is thickened. Do not let the soup come to a boil. Add the cooked chicken to the soup. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup!

And in case you were wondering, here is the nutritional information:

I found this recipe online at food.com…view it here.

I think is truly a delicious dish and hope you all give it a try! Enjoy!


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