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Light Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

 
One serving costs about $2.37

$2.37 per serving

7 people like this recipe

7 likes

This recipe is ready in 30 minutes

Ready in 30 minutes

8 fall,winter,dairy-free,dairy free lunch,soup,main course,main dish,dinner Mediterranean,Eastern European,European,Greek
spoonacular Score:68%

Spoonacular Score: 68%

 

If you want to add more Mediterranean recipes to your recipe box, Light Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup might be a recipe you should try. One portion of this dish contains approximately 26g of protein, 4g of fat, and a total of 278 calories. This recipe serves 8 and costs $2.37 per serving. It works best as a main course, and is done in roughly 30 minutes. This recipe is liked by 1 foodies and cooks. It is brought to you by Foodista. If you have juice of lemon, ground thyme, carrots, and a few other ingredients on hand, you can make it. It is perfect for Autumn. It is a good option if you're following a dairy free diet. All things considered, we decided this recipe deserves a spoonacular score of 86%. This score is amazing. Similar recipes include Light Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup, Greek Lemon Soup with Chicken and Orzo, and Greek Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo.

Ingredients

Servings:
3
3  cooked chicken breasts
cooked chicken breasts
64 oz
64 oz chicken broth
chicken broth
3
3  diced carrots
diced carrots
3
3  diced celery stalks
diced celery stalks
3 sprigs
3 sprigs fresh thyme
fresh thyme
1 tsp
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
extra virgin olive oil
2 cups
2 cups orzo pasta
orzo pasta
1 Tbs
1 Tbs ground thyme
ground thyme
1 Tbs
1 Tbs salt
salt
1 Tbs
1 Tbs pepper
pepper
1 large
1 large lemon
lemon
3  cooked chicken breasts
3
cooked chicken breasts
64 oz chicken broth
64 oz
chicken broth
3  diced carrots
3
diced carrots
3  diced celery stalks
3
diced celery stalks
3 sprigs fresh thyme
3 sprigs
fresh thyme
1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tsp
extra virgin olive oil
2 cups orzo pasta
2 cups
orzo pasta
1 Tbs ground thyme
1 Tbs
ground thyme
1 Tbs salt
1 Tbs
salt
1 Tbs pepper
1 Tbs
pepper
1 large lemon
1 large
lemon

Equipment

pot
pot
pot
pot


Instructions

  1. In a large soup pot, heat olive oil on medium high.
  2. Add carrots and celery and cook for 5 minutes on medium.
  3. Add chicken broth.
  4. Add ground thyme, salt and pepper.
  5. Add cooked, diced chicken breasts and fresh thyme.
  6. Bring to boil.
  7. Add orzo and cook for 7-10 minutes until pasta is cooked.
  8. Add the lemon zest and juice from 1 large lemon.
  9. Serve with a slice of lemon.

Read the detailed instructions on Foodista.com – The Cooking Encyclopedia Everyone Can Edit

Price Breakdown

Cost per Serving: $2.37
Ingredient
3 cooked chicken breasts
64 ounces chicken broth
3 diced carrots
3 diced celery stalks
3 sprigs fresh thyme
1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
2 cups orzo pasta
1 Tb ground thyme
1 Tb salt
1 Tb pepper
1 large lemon
Price
$10.77
$5.83
$0.32
$0.05
$0.16
$0.05
$0.64
$0.42
$0.02
$0.18
$0.50
$18.94

Tips

Health Tips

  • Although the body needs salt to survive, most of us get too much. The problem with consuming too much salt (what chemists call "sodium chloride") is actually the sodium part, which is why people concerned about high blood pressure go on low-sodium diets. If you are trying to reduce salt in your diet, you can try salt substitutes like potassium chloride or try to make do with less salt by using more black pepper, herbs, and spices.

  • Many people will tell you to remove the skin on your chicken to cut down on fat. This is true, but if you like the taste, leave it on! You're only gaining a little fat for a lot of flavor. Plus, a little over half of the fat in chicken skin is monounsatured fat (that's a heart-healthy kind) and the notion that saturated fat is unhealthy is being questioned too. So in our opinion: dig in, skin and all!

  • You can easily replace regular noodles with whole wheat noodles to add a little extra fiber, protein, vitamins, and minerals to this dish. Just don't make the mistake of assuming that because the pasta is whole wheat, you can eat as much as you want. The calories and the effect on your blood sugar is not so drastically different!

  • Some bouillon/stock products contain gluten, some don't. If you are following a gluten-free diet, always read product labels carefully.

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Price Tips

  • Chicken breasts can be expensive, so you might consider buying a whole chicken and using all the parts for meals throughout the week. Depending on the recipe, you might be able to substitute the meat from more affordable (and flavorful) chicken thighs instead.

  • Fresh herbs can be expensive, so don't let them go to waste. If you have any leftovers, you might be able to freeze them. The Kitchn recommends freezing hardy herbs like rosemary and thyme in olive oil, while Better Homes and Gardens suggests using freezer bags to freeze basil, chives, mint, and more.

  • Chicken breasts can be expensive, so you might consider buying a whole chicken and using all the parts for meals throughout the week.

  • If you find meat (especially grassfed and/or organic meat!) on sale, stock up and freeze it. Ground meat will stay good 3-4 months, while steaks, chops, etc., will be fine for at least 4 months.

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Cooking Tips

  • If you normally rinse your chicken?stop! You could be spreading bacteria around your kitchen and it isn't really necessary.

  • Carrots can be stored in the fridge for 2 to 3 weeks. The starch in the carrots will turn to sugar over time, but this is not a problem, they'll just taste sweeter. The academy lesson about carrots contains more useful information.

  • Extra-virgin olive oil is the least refined type of olive oil and therefore contains more of the beneficial compounds that get lost during processing. However, its minimal processing could also mean it has a lower smoke point than other olive oils. Once an oil starts to smoke, it begins to break down, producing a bad flavor and potentially harmful compounds. Unfortunately, the smoke point of an oil depends on so many factors that it is hard to say what the smoke point of an oil really is. For extra-virgin olive oil, it could be anywhere between 200-400 degrees Fahrenheit. Most people recommend using extra-virgin olive oil to add flavor to a finished dish or in cold dishes to be on the safe side. More refined olive oils, canola oil, coconut oil, and clarified butter/ghee are better options for high temperature cooking.

  • The best method for cooking pasta is pretty controversial, but most sources seem to reach a consensus. Check out our lesson on how to cook pasta in the academy.

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Green Tips

  • Choose pasture-raised chicken if it is available. If it is not at your supermarket, visit a farmers' market and ask around.

  • Buying chicken breasts in bulk can save you money, but we prefer to suggest cutting back on meat consumption by experimenting with some easy vegetarian meals, and then splurging on higher-quality meat where the animals have been raised ethically and the meat does not contain antibiotics, growth hormones, etc.

Disclaimer

Nutritional Information

Quickview
278 Calories
26g Protein
4g Total Fat
33g Carbs
26% Health Score
Limit These
Calories
278
14%

Fat
4g
6%

  Saturated Fat
0.93g
6%

Carbohydrates
33g
11%

  Sugar
2g
3%

Cholesterol
54mg
18%

Sodium
1769mg
77%

Get Enough Of These
Protein
26g
53%

Vitamin A
3884IU
78%

Selenium
41µg
59%

Vitamin B3
10mg
55%

Manganese
0.63mg
31%

Vitamin C
25mg
31%

Phosphorus
260mg
26%

Vitamin B6
0.5mg
25%

Potassium
541mg
15%

Iron
2mg
13%

Magnesium
47mg
12%

Copper
0.23mg
12%

Vitamin K
11µg
10%

Fiber
2g
10%

Zinc
1mg
10%

Vitamin B5
0.91mg
9%

Vitamin B2
0.14mg
8%

Vitamin B1
0.1mg
7%

Calcium
54mg
5%

Vitamin B12
0.31µg
5%

Folate
16µg
4%

Vitamin E
0.5mg
3%

covered percent of daily need

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