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Lemon Chicken Soup

My All-Time FAVORITE soup with a rich and savory broth with a pop of lemon. Add in the garnishes and this soup becomes over the top amazing for anyone who loves lemon. 

Course Soup
Cuisine American
Keyword Greek Lemon Chicken Soup, Lemon Chicken Soup
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 8 people
Calories 141 kcal
Author Heather

Ingredients

  • 1 small whole chicken *3- 3 1/2 lbs
  • 1 large brown onion *diced, about 2-3 cups
  • 8 cloves garlic *crushed or minced
  • 4 stalks celery *diced, about 1 1/2 cups
  • 2 large lemons *zested (into strips) & juiced
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 3 quarts chicken broth
  • 3/4 cup orzo
  • 1 bunch fresh dill *chopped as garnish
  • 1 bunch fresh chives *chopped as garnish
  • 6 oz feta *crumbled as garnish
  • red chili pepper flakes *as garnish, optional
  • salt & pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Place first 7 ingredients in a large stockpot (16-20 quarts). Bring to a boil over high heat. Once boiling lower to a simmer and cover. Let cook until chicken is cooked through and falling off the bone, about 45 mins. 

    *See tips about cooking a whole chicken soup for more details.

    **Use a vegetable peeler to remove the zest on the entire 2 lemons, making sure to leave the white pith behind. See tips above about lemon zest for more details.

  2. While chicken is cooking prepare garnish and refrigerate until needed.

  3. Carefully remove chicken onto a platter and let cool long enough so as not to burn your fingers when deboning, about 15 mins. Keep soup on low.

    Once chicken in cooled enough to handle debone into med to larger sized chunks. Add to stockpot in addition to orzo. Cook orzo on low heat until tender, about 10 mins. 

  4. Serve individual bowls garnished with chives, dill, feta and red chili pepper flakes. Salt and pepper to taste. 

Recipe Notes

*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 

Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 141 Calories from Fat 45
% Daily Value*
Fat 5g8%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 19mg6%
Sodium 1554mg68%
Potassium 419mg12%
Carbohydrates 16g5%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 6g12%
Vitamin A 220IU4%
Vitamin C 28.3mg34%
Calcium 147mg15%
Iron 1.2mg7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.