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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5 from 3 votes

Italian Chicken Orzo Soup

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
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: 6 Servings
Nutrition Facts
Italian Chicken Orzo Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 347 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 86mg 29%
Sodium 2037mg 85%
Potassium 1171mg 33%
Total Carbohydrates 31g 10%
Dietary Fiber 3g 12%
Sugars 6g
Protein 32g 64%
Vitamin A 154.1%
Vitamin C 50.9%
Calcium 16.6%
Iron 13.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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!


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13 comments on “Italian Chicken Orzo Soup

  1. Catherine Lauzonposted October 3, 2018 at 1:53 am Reply

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

    • Sommer Collierposted October 12, 2018 at 9:39 pm Reply

      Hi Catherine!

      Italian seasoning usually contains: oregano, basil, marjoram, thyme and rosemary. Some have a few extra herbs, but this is a good base.

  2. Catherine Lauzonposted October 3, 2018 at 1:52 am Reply

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

  3. Jenniferposted October 1, 2018 at 11:22 am Reply

    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! 

  4. Samposted June 29, 2018 at 4:40 pm Reply

    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.  😋

    Rating: 5
  5. Janetposted February 7, 2017 at 11:39 am Reply

    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!

    • Sommerposted February 9, 2017 at 8:44 pm Reply

      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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  7. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted October 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm Reply

    What a tasty chicken soup!

    Rating: 5
  8. Sarahposted October 9, 2016 at 8:10 am Reply

    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!

    Rating: 5
  9. Paulette Pierceposted October 7, 2016 at 12:58 pm Reply

    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!

  10. Mara Lichtyposted October 7, 2016 at 11:37 am Reply

    Looks perfect for a cool Fall day!

  11. Naomi @BakersRoyaleposted October 7, 2016 at 10:30 am Reply

    Pass me a spoon! This soup looks amazing!