Take the noodles out of the soup, because this Chicken and Orzo Soup is the best thing that ever happened!
I’ve never been a chicken noodle soup kind of gal. It’s just not something that my mother ever made, and we never had any cans of it in the house. I can’t remember what was served to the sick, but it wasn’t chicken noodle soup. I remember buying a can of it a time or two over the years for whatever reason. Maybe I wanted to be a person who likes chicken noodle soup when they’re sick. It sounded good. I just don’t like it. I’ve made it, but still didn’t care for it.
Two years ago I made Spinach Meatballs with Orzo, the meatballs are a chicken base, and the dish is delicious. I fell in love with orzo at that time, and have since made several things with it, including this Orzo and Asparagus. I decided to revisit chicken noodle soup, but with different eyes. I wanted to make chicken and wild rice soup, but when I went to the store I didn’t see the exact wild rice I was looking for, so my plans changed. I was standing in the kitchen looking in my cabinets, and that’s when it hit me..orzo! I could make Chicken and Orzo Soup. I treated it the same as a chicken noodle soup, but with orzo. Wow, what a difference.
This soup is loaded with chunks of chicken breast, diced celery, carrots, orzo, and topped with fresh parsley. It’s delicious. And, I would certainly take a bowl of this if I was feeling under the weather. Or when the soup mood strikes!
Chicken and Orzo Soup
- 2 Tablespoons oil
- 4 medium carrots diced
- 3 celery stalks diced
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced
- 1 tablespoon Weber Kickin Chicken Seasoning
- 8 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups orzo
- Fresh parsley for garnishing
In a large pot that you use to cook your soups in, heat oil over medium to high heat.
Season the chicken with seasoning, and brown the chicken pieces on all sides. Remove and set aside.
Saute the carrots, celery in garlic until the garlic is nice and fragrant. (about 2 to 3 minutes)
Add the chicken back into the pot.
Stir in the orzo.
Pour in the chicken stock, and bring to a boil.
Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes until the orzo and chicken has fully cooked.
Remove from the heat.
Serve with fresh parsley if desired.