20 Minute Chicken & Orzo Soup

I’ve got one of the easiest soup recipes for you today…Chicken and Orzo Soup. Not only is this one super hearty, but it contains veggies—bonus! So, it can easily be a one-dish dinner that leaves you with only a cutting board, knife, and pot to clean—exactly what we all need this time of year.

Plus, I have a tip for you. If you make the chicken in your slow cooker the day before, you can also make Overnight Chicken Stock in there to use in the soup as well. Not only will it taste SO much better than store-bought broth, but it will save you money and be better for you. What more could you ask for this holiday season? Haha! Well, probably more than just that, but STILL. Not bad, right? I think I’ll double this recipe next time I make it so that I can stash some away in the freezer.

Chicken and Orzo Soup on 100 Days of Real Food

I’ve been wanting a new soup recipe to add to my repertoire for some time now and this one exceeded my expectations! Enjoy.

Chicken and Orzo Soup on 100 Days of Real Food

Quick Chicken & Orzo Soup

Adapted from Cooking Light Magazine
4.8 from 12 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 13 mins
Total Time: 23 mins
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Servings: 6 people


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 onion minced
  • 5 carrots peeled, trimmed, and diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper double if you like a little kick
  • 6 cups chicken stock/broth
  • 3/4 cup whole-wheat orzo pasta uncooked
  • 3 cups shredded/chopped cooked chicken I used The Best Whole Chicken in a Crockpot, but you could also sub rotisserie
  • 3 cups fresh spinach leaves chopped
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 lemon juiced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat. Cook the onion and the carrots (while stirring) until softened, 3 to 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and the red pepper, and cook for another minute.
  • Pour in the stock and bring to a boil. Add the orzo and cook until al dente, about 6 minutes.
  • Stir in the chicken, spinach, cream, lemon juice, salt, and dill, and simmer until heated all the way through. Ladle into bowls and serve.


Great chicken recipe for this - Best Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot
We recommend organic ingredients when feasible.
Nutrition Facts
Nutrition Facts
Quick Chicken & Orzo Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 207 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Fat 11g17%
Saturated Fat 4g25%
Cholesterol 66mg22%
Sodium 493mg21%
Potassium 458mg13%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 19g38%
Vitamin A 10110IU202%
Vitamin C 17.9mg22%
Calcium 56mg6%
Iron 1.5mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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35 thoughts on “20 Minute Chicken & Orzo Soup”

  1. Absolutely yummy!! Our whole family liked it. Even added an extra cup of spinach. Will be making another batch to freeze.

  2. 5 stars
    This soup is delicious! I also wanted to comment on your Rice pilaf with orzo from your cookbook. I made it last night and oh my!! I felt as though I was eating orzo from a fancy restaurant, it was absolutely delicious! My family loved it and between the four of us we ate the whole batch. Thank you for all of your incredible recipes, we have all three cookbooks and we are making our way through making everything. Today I am making your slow cooker flank steak fajitas- cant wait to try them, they already smell

  3. Just made this tonight and my 4 littles devoured it!! Asked for seconds and thirds! Omitted the fresh dill but left everything else as is!! Yum!

  4. 5 stars
    This was delicious!! I didn’t have dill but had everything else and it was perfect for the freezing weather today in Chicago!

  5. 5 stars
    Wow! You did an incredible job with this recipe! It’s delicious! My entire family loved it. Thanks so much for sharing!

  6. 5 stars
    My husband was recently under the weather + it’s cold out = this soup is absolute perfection. We also made enough to have leftovers for lunch at school the next day (we are teachers)! So good. #nomnom

  7. I also needed to add another 4 cups of broth on top of the 6 cups, but I also omitted the spinach. This is a great recipe!

  8. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe, although this took me 1 hr and 10 minutes start to finish, so not exactly a 20 minute soup! All family members enjoyed this recipe immensely. The only thing I may do differently is skip the 1/4 cup of heavy cream as I prefer a clear broth.

  9. Hi, my husband is lactose intolerant and for these types of recipes I use a non-dairy creamer. Publix has a wonderful product and it works well in soups, gravies, etc and coffee!

    1. 5 stars
      This was delicious! I left out the heavy cream, but totally by accident!! (I even bought some at the store specifically for this recipe lol.) It still turned out great!

      1. I am not a chef at all, but one of my children and I can’t do dairy. We have experimented over the years. We have found that for such a small amount in a recipe that most times we can leave it out and be ok. We have used a little bit of corn starch to thicken it up a little and have also used coconut milk coffee creamer. I know it sounds weird, but as long as it’s not flavored it has worked well for us since it’s thicker. Again, this has been our personal experience.

    1. 5 stars
      I agree with the other post. You can probably leave out the heavy cream and it will still be amazing. Sometimes to thicken up a soup I add some mashed cannelloni beans though.

    2. 5 stars
      Barring nut allergies, 1/2 cup unsalted cashews-ground into a flour, makes for a nice thickener. It gives that creamy texture, without adding cream. Solves the dairy issue, and adds protein, too!

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