Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

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A light, citrus soup recipe inspired by Panera’s Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup!

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - A deliciously light and fresh soup recipe inspired by Panera's soup recipe. | The Love Nerds

Happy National Soup Day, Nerds!! I hope you are having a somewhat mild winter day like we are here in Chicago. It’s not warm, but it’s definitely nicer than the bitter, below zero temperatures that we usually have this time of year. So when I was deciding which soup to share with you all today for National Soup Day, I decided I wanted to go with a lighter soup recipe. Enter my Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - A deliciously light and fresh soup recipe inspired by Panera's soup recipe. | The Love Nerds

Back in the day, Panera used to make a Lemon Chicken Orzo soup that I loved, so this is my copycat version. Now, of course, this is based on my memory from years ago so be fair if you were also a fan of the old Panera version. Either way – I love how light this soup is compared to the thicker, heartier soups I’ve made more of lately. They have their place as amazing comfort food, but this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup will transition perfectly into spring.

Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - A deliciously light and fresh soup recipe inspired by Panera's soup recipe. | The Love Nerds

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup
 
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Recipe type: Main
Ingredients
  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 64 ounces chicken broth
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • salt to taste
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • ¼ c fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tbsp dill, chopped
  • ¾ c dry orzo pasta
  • 2 lemons, zested and juiced
  • 3 stalks celery, chopped
  • 3 carrots, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a slow cooker place chicken breast, garlic, black pepper, parsley, dill, lemon zest, onion, carrots and chicken broth.
  2. Cook for 5 hours on high or for 8 hours on low
  3. Add orzo pasta and cook for one additional hour (on high).
  4. Remove chicken breast from slow cooker and shred or cube.
  5. Place the chicken back in the slow cooker, add in lemon juice, celery, and salt to taste. Stir and let cook on high for 1 more hour.


Slow Cooker Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - A deliciously light and fresh soup recipe inspired by Panera's soup recipe. | The Love Nerds

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