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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 141kcal
Author Heather


  • 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


  • 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.
  • While chicken is cooking prepare garnish and refrigerate until needed.
  • 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. 
  • Serve individual bowls garnished with chives, dill, feta and red chili pepper flakes. Salt and pepper to taste. 


*Please use as many organic ingredients as possible. 


Calories: 141kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 1554mg | Potassium: 419mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 28.3mg | Calcium: 147mg | Iron: 1.2mg