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Italian Chicken Orzo Soup

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We are a chicken soup family.

I can make any variety of chicken soup and my family will ooooh and ahhhh when they come to the table. Sometimes I make asian style chicken soups. Sometimes I make creamy chicken soups with potatoes.

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However my favorite versions are those that are just a slight variation from classic chicken noodle soup. Brothy soups that offer veggies, herbs, pasta, and of course tender chicken mingled throughout.

Last year I shared my Greek Lemon Chicken Soup recipe with you fitting this category. It’s bright and tangy with lemon zest and feta cheese.

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However, I love today’s Italian Chicken Orzo Soup just as much, and I think you will too!

Ultra cozy Italian Chicken Orzo Soup offers the appeal of classic chicken noodle… Chicken, pasta, onions, celery, and carrots.

However, it has a bolder herbaceous flavor from the generous addition of garlic, dried Italian Herb Seasoning, and fresh basil leaves.

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I also prefer the small orzo pasta that fits neatly in a spoon, instead of long noodles that have to be swirled again and again in order to safely make the trip to your mouth.

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Italian Chicken Orzo Soup is so comforting and delicious, it’s a meal we could eat every week. Maybe every day.

I love making a large pot of soup knowing I’ll have leftovers the next day. It’s a great lunch to take in a thermos now that the weather is cooling off.

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Our Italian Chicken Orzo Soup is made with fresh healthy ingredients. You can easily substitute whole grain or even gluten free pasta to suit your diet.

You are going to love this!

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Italian Chicken Orzo Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Fresh and zesty Italian Chicken Orzo Soup recipe, loaded with herbs, chicken, and veggies. This simple Italian Chicken Soup Recipe is healthy and delicious!
Servings: 8


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 2 cups sliced celery
  • 2 teaspoons dried Italian Seasoning
  • 1.5 pounds boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 12 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup dried orzo pasta (could use whole grain or gluten-free pasta)
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • 1/3 cup shaved parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper


  • Place the butter, onions, and garlic in a large sauce pot, and set over medium heat. Saute the onions for 3 minutes to soften. Then stir in the carrots, celery, Italian Seasoning, and 1 teaspoon salt. Saute another 3-5 minutes.
  • Add whole chicken breasts to the pot. Pour in the broth and bring to a boil.  Once boiling, reduce the heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and set on a cutting board. Add the orzo to the soup and stir well so it doesn't stick. Chop or shred the chicken into bite-size pieces, then return to the pot.
  • When ready to serve, taste, then season with salt and pepper as needed. Stir in the fresh basil leaves and parmesan cheese. Ladle into bowls and serve warm!


Serving: 1cup, Calories: 347kcal, Carbohydrates: 31g, Protein: 32g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Cholesterol: 86mg, Sodium: 2037mg, Potassium: 1171mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 6g, Vitamin A: 7705IU, Vitamin C: 42mg, Calcium: 166mg, Iron: 2.5mg
Course: Healthy, Soup
Cuisine: Italian
Author: Sommer Collier

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20 comments on “Italian Chicken Orzo Soup”

  1. absolutely delicious! We slurped up every last drop and fought over the left overs. Making this easy and delicious soup again and again and again and again! Thanks so much for sharing!

  2. The flavours of the Italian seasoning, basil shone through in the soup. Also the fresh parmigiana added directly to the bowl was a stand out flavour. I would not add the parm directly to the soup on the stove as it will get lost on the bottom of the pot. I made my own stock which is much better than the store bought kind. A good stock always makes a better soup.

  3. The recipe was intriguing and used many ingredients I had on hand. I would love for you to modify the recipe to state the pounds of chicken breast needed. Two whole chicken breasts can vary in size significantly. I knew that one could not just stir in the orzo and then serve. I cooked the soup for 20 minutes after adding the orzo. Finally, I would not and did not use 12 cups of broth. Rather, I used approximately 7. Thank you for the idea of combining these ingredients and wishing you the best.

  4. It’s snowing like crazy here and this looks like the perfect way to warm us up!!

  5. Total comfort food. So good.

  6. This is such a delicious recipe! I need to make a big pot of this this week!

  7. This orzo soup is amazing. Seriously so good. Can’t stop at just one bowl. 

  8. What spices/herbs could I use in place of the Italian seasoning?

  9. I don’t keep premade Italian seasoning in my pantry, what spices/herbs could I use in place of this?

  10. Could I replace the Italian seasoning with poultry seasoning and if so should I use the same amount?  My kids don’t like basil so I’m omitting it that’s why I asked about the seasoning!!
    Can’t wait to ladle this up tonight!  Thx! 

  11. Excellent soup. Easy, tasty, filling. Just want you want from a soup. The fresh basil and Parmesan shavings give it a luxurious feel. I sprinkled a tiny bit of lemon olive oil on and served with ciabatta.  😋

  12. I have some leftover cooked chicken – could I just add it in at the end of cooking time? And don’t have any fresh basil – could I just use dried? Thank you!

    • Hi Janet,

      Sure! Anytime you can use up leftovers, go for it! Personally I like fresh herbs better, but in a pinch, always substitute 1/3 the amount of dried herbs.

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  14. This soup is AMAZING! I made this last night and everyone loved it. It’s easy to make and has such a rich flavor. Thank you for sharing!

  15. I am trying this recipe this weekend! I just made the Greek Lemon Chicken soup this week and people went crazy for it! It is definitely a keeper, so I hope this one is as good. YUMMY!

  16. Looks perfect for a cool Fall day!

  17. Pass me a spoon! This soup looks amazing!