Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup

  • This Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup is such a good “lighter,” easy-to-make soup that is totally packed with flavor.  Watch the video showing you how to make this soup, then scroll to the bottom of this post and print out the recipe so you can make it at home.

    Bowl of Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup

    Are you in the midst of a season of freezing temperatures, or are you just in need of trying a delicious new soup recipe for dinner?  I’ve got you covered both ways.  This soup recipe is one that will warm you up, and it will provide plenty of comfort!

    What makes this soup “Greek?”

    This soup is reminiscent of the classic Avgolemono Greek Lemon Chicken Soup.  I’m not about to claim that this is an authentic Greek recipe since there will be someone out there who disputes my claim!  But it certainly has some nice Greek-style flavors such as lemon and dill, and it has the classic texture of egg added in at the end of the cooking process.

    What is Orzo, and where can I find it?

    Orzo is a small, rice-shaped pasta.  It can be found in the pasta section in your local market.  Alternately, you can use white rice instead of orzo.  I’ve seen Greek Lemon Chicken Soup recipes made both ways.

    Bowl of Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup

    How to make this soup even more Weight Watchers friendly:

    One of my very nice readers suggested that if you’re following the Weight Watchers Freestyle Points program, you might choose to make this soup lighter by adding in cauliflower rice (toward the end of cooking). If you do this, you can leave out the orzo for fewer WW points per serving, or for just a much lighter soup overall.  In fact, if you sub the cauliflower rice for the orzo, that turns this soup into a ZERO points meal!

    Orange Soup Pot

    My favorite soup pot!

    Here’s the pot I have (in this orange color!) that I love to make my soups and chilis in.  It’s the Rachael Ray Enamel on Steel 12-Quart Covered Stockpot (found on Amazon). I ordered it on whim when I needed a large pot, and I have really loved it ever since!  It’s easy to clean, and it holds a lot of soup and chili.  I like to double recipes, make a lot and freeze some.

    Here are a few more chicken soup recipes you might enjoy:

    Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup

    This Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup is the most delightful, light soup recipe!

    Course Main Course
    Cuisine American
    Keyword Greek Chicken Soup, Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup, Greek Orzo Soup
    Prep Time 25 minutes
    Cook Time 15 minutes
    Total Time 40 minutes
    Servings 4 servings (2 cups per serving)
    Calories 345 kcal

    Ingredients

    • 6 cups fat-free, low-sodium chicken broth
    • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh dill
    • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta (or can sub cauliflower rice)
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
    • 1 cup shredded carrot
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
    • 8 ounces roasted chicken breast

    Instructions

    1. Bring the broth and dill to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the orzo. Reduce the heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until the orzo is slightly tender. Remove from heat.

    2. Place the eggs and juice in a blender; process until smooth. Remove 1 cup of broth from the pan with a ladle, making sure to leave out the orzo. With the blender on, slowly add the broth; process until smooth.

    3. Add the carrot, salt, pepper and chicken to the pan. Bring to a simmer over medium-low heat, and cook 5 minutes or until the orzo is tender. Reduce the heat to low. Slowly stir in the egg mixture; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly (do not boil).

    Recipe Notes

    • (Per 2-cup serving): Freestyle SmartPoints: 3, SmartPoints: 6, Points Plus: 7, Old Points Program: 6
    • If you sub cauliflower rice for the orzo, that turns this meal into ZERO WW POINTS!
    • If you are preparing this soup as GLUTEN-FREE, use cauliflower rice instead of orzo, and just make sure that your chicken broth and roasted chicken do not contain any gluten.
    Nutrition Facts
    Greek Orzo and Chicken Soup
    Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
    Calories 345 Calories from Fat 72
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 8g 12%
    Saturated Fat 2g 10%
    Cholesterol 259mg 86%
    Sodium 1685mg 70%
    Potassium 532mg 15%
    Total Carbohydrates 33g 11%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 3g
    Protein 31g 62%
    Vitamin A 113%
    Vitamin C 11.8%
    Calcium 7.2%
    Iron 14.7%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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  • Karen Ellison wrote:

    I’m using cawliflower rice rather than orzo for less points and adding it at the end of cooking time

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Great idea!!

  • Stacey Duffield wrote:

    Any suggestions on converting this to a crock pot recipe?

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      I have never made it in a slow cooker!

  • Lynsa wrote:

    Thank you so much for providing nutritional information info to include sat fat and sugars as per the new Weight watchers Smart Plus program. Because of that, I am putting you in my regular go to list.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      Thanks- I’ll be ramping up the Weight Watchers recipes in the New Year for sure!

  • Sarah wrote:

    Followed this recipe to the “T” and it just didn’t taste very yummy. The flavour wasn’t very good. I can’t seem to put my finer on it. Not the thick creamy texture I was thinking it would be.

    • Lori Lange wrote:

      It’s a lighter version of the classic, so that’s probably not what you were expecting.

  • April wrote:

    Excellent soup! The lemon is a little strong, however it gives it a nice kick. Surprisingly the soup base is very creamy! Thank you for this low-fat, nicely portioned recipe!

  • Marla wrote:

    This soup looks great! Very unique flavor combo. I love all the protein and healthy fat in here!