October 26, 2014

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

There's no way to avoid it, as it gets colder outside, people begin getting sick. And when people get sick, you need some good chicken noodle soup. Well this isn't your ordinary chicken noodle soup. The noodles have been swapped out for orzo, which is basically just pasta shaped like a large grain of rice. This soup is full of veggies and hearty chicken, and is finished off with a refreshing squeeze of lemon that makes this the perfect soup for any time! Its quick, easy, and you'll definitely be making it again and again. 

Here's what you'll need:
  • 1 lb Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast $5.11
  • 1 Medium Yellow Onion $1.11
  • 4 Large Carrots $0.71
  • 4 Stalks Celery $0.74
  • 6 Cups Low Sodium Chicken Broth $1.93
  • 3/4 Cup Whole Wheat Orzo $0.51
  • 1 1/2 Cups Peas $0.64
  • 1 Lemon $0.99
  • 1 tsp Thyme $0.12

Serving Size: 2 Cups
Total Servings: 7
Price Per Serving: $1.69
Nutrition (per serving):
      Calories: 222
      Carbs: 3 g
      Fat: 10 g
      Protein: 18 g

Start off by chopping up your celery, carrots, and onion into small pieces, if you need help with this, refer to my Turkey Chili recipe. 

Next, take your chicken breasts and cut it up into 1 inch cubes. This doesn't have to be exact or anything, its just an approximate size. Then heat a large pot over medium high heat and add in your chicken. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 4-5 minutes until chicken is almost cooked though. It will finish cooking later when we add it back to the soup. Once done, set aside.

Next, put your carrots, onion, and celery in the pot and cook over medium high heat for 8-10 minutes until they begin to soften. Then add in the thyme and cook for an additional minute. To take the thyme leaves off of the stem, just run your fingers from the front of the stem to the back, and they should come right off.

Then, add in the chicken stock and 1 cup of water, then bring to a boil. Once boiling, add in the chicken and orzo. Cook for about 7 minutes then add in the peas and cook for another 5 minutes.

 Finally squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon and you're done!

Happy Cooking!

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