Italian Chicken Orzo Soup

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Italian Chicken Orzo Soup

Yield: 6-8 servings

Prep Time:10 minutes

Cook Time:30 minutes

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Fresh and zesty Italian Chicken Orzo Soup recipe, loaded with herbs, chicken, and veggies. This simple Italian Chicken Soup Recipe is healthy and delicious!


  • 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!

Nutrition Information

Yield: 6-8 servings, Serving Size: 8

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 398 Calories
  • Total Fat: 13.1g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.8g
  • Cholesterol: 87mg
  • Sodium: 1483mg
  • Carbohydrates: 30.6g
  • Fiber: 2.7g
  • Sugar: 4.8g
  • Protein: 37.8g
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8 comments on “Italian Chicken Orzo Soup

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

    Pass me a spoon! This soup looks amazing!

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

    Looks perfect for a cool Fall day!

  3. 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!

  4. 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
  5. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted October 10, 2016 at 12:54 pm Reply

    What a tasty chicken soup!

    Rating: 5
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  7. 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.