Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup


PHEW. We survived the end of the world! According to my weather lady it actually ended twice. Three times? I can’t remember. I was too busy drowning in my thermal pjs, XXXL sweatshirt that I could literally hibernate in, wool socks….fleece robe….occasionally I would peek out of one of the sleeves and beg a passerby for a cup of hot tea. Or the TV remote.

Temps are back up to a balmy 30 degrees, but I’m not going to lie… -46 wind chill or 35 degrees I am a GIGANTIC weather wimp! If I was the weather woman the world would have ended the first of October.


So polar vortex or sunny snow day – I LOVE a big bowl of hot soup in the winter. And this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is one of the best. Its rich and creamy – with zero cream! With this perfect savory flavor between the thyme, onion, and vegetables. Also, in case you’re a bit turned off by the “lemon” in the title, the lemon flavor is very very subtle. It’s more of a background flavor that perfectly compliments the other ingredients. I adapted this recipe from Ellie Krieger – one of my favorite Food Network cooks! This lady knows her stuff.

Plus it’s packed with a healthy dose of protein, vegetables, and whole grains to keep us in tip top shape for flu season. Lower cal, lower fat and freezer friendly. I like to make this on Sunday, save a few cups of it in the fridge for dinner this week, then freeze the other half for quick dinner later in the month. Tip for freezing – omit the orzo. Pasta doesn’t freeze very well, it can break down and get mushy, so I recommend making the orzo in a separate pot and adding to the soup as you eat.


So enjoy and stay warm! Also check out my video below if you want to see a demo of the actual recipe!






  1. Your videos are too cute!!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks girl! The best part is my brother that is video taping me – hilarious. I have the hardest time not cracking up the entire time

  2. Gosh I love lemon and chicken together. This soup looks so comforting.

  3. Yum! What a delicious sounding soup! Thanks for the recipe idea! xx

  4. Kristina, you’re made for television. I really love the video, and that soup looks amazing. I can’t wait to try that trick with the egg. Pinned.

    • Whipped Baking says:

      You are so sweet! Thanks Jennie! You just made my day :) Video is totally new for me so I’m so happy you enjoyed it! And seriously the egg trick is awesome

  5. I am also a huge weather wimp! Once it gets below 40 I start complaining and wearing over-sized jackets. This soup looks perfect for dinner on a cold night–polar vortex or not! (Preferably not haha).

  6. Loving this soup and it has to smell great too!

  7. This sounds wonderful! I love these kinds of soups, they’re so refreshing. Pinned!

  8. thank goodness that chilliness is overrrr! *phew* This soup looks super delicious and comforting!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Bah! Just flipped on the news and its coming back! Haha. And thanks! This is one of my favorites :)

  9. I am SUCH a big weather wimp too! I could never live anywhere besides California… Or Arizona. Or Hawaii. I lose my circulation too easily and hate goose bumps! That soup looks amazing though, perfect for these “chilly” nights we’re having here in CA! ;)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Haha I am SO jealous of you!! I’ve been trying to organize a CA trip in March, need to escape the snow :) Let you know if I do!

  10. yum! this soups looks so appetizing!

  11. I really like Ellie Krieger, too. This soup sounds really fantastic – I have to remember to pick up some whole wheat orzo. Whole wheat pasta has come such a long way and I’m really thankful. I could eat this soup any time, all the time.!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Agreed! Honestly I couldn’t tell the difference with the orzo, I used the rice select brand, really good! Glad you liked Monica!

  12. I also don’t like this winter we are having, although one positive thing is that we can really enjoy a comforting soup like this one. Great Job!

  13. This soup sounds amazing! Lemon and chicken are so perfect together.
    Love your videos, too cute =)

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Haha thanks Connie :) I’m trying! And I love lemon and chicken together, especially when it ends up on the more savory side, I make this soup all the time!

  14. This sounds like a great recipe! I’m definitely going to try this out. It was nice meeting you the other night! Have a great weekend!


    • Whipped Baking says:

      So nice meeting you too! I just dropped by your blog – so excited to follow :) I LOVE all of your outfits!

  15. Erin Solomon says:

    Made it for dinner and it was delicious!!!! Thanks for the recipe and the great video explanation!

    • Whipped Baking says:

      Thanks Erin!! So great to hear from you! How are you ?? I’m going back to Rome in May :)