Thursday, March 11, 2010

CEiMB - Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo

When I saw that this recipe was the Craving Ellie in My Belly recipe I was really excited!  I have made this recipe before and we LOVED it!  It has a wonderful lemony tang that is delicious!  I made a couple of mistakes in preparing the soup this time - but it still ended up tasty!  I strongly recommend this recipe - it will be a favorite in your house.  I included the recipe below with my changes - the original recipe is in Ellie's book - The Food you Crave.

Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo
Adapted from Ellie Krieger's The Food you Crave

2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
1 boneless, skinless chicken breast diced
1 medium onion, diced
1 celery stalk, diced
2 carrots, peeled and diced
1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
1/2 cup white wine
5 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup orzo
2 eggs
3 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice

Heat oil in large saucepan.  Season chicken with salt and pepper and add to saucepan.  Once cooked through remove to a plate.  Add onion, celery, carrot and dried parsley.  Cook about 5 minutes until vegetables are tender.  Deglaze with the white wine, making sure to scrape up the browned bits on the bottom of the pan.  Add 4 1/2 cups of chicken broth and bring to a boil.  Check seasoning and add salt or pepper if needed.  Add orzo and simmer about 8 minutes until orzo is tender.  Reduce heat - do not let soup boil from this point.

Warm remaining 1 cup of broth until hot but not boiling.  In separate bowl beat eggs.  Whisk lemon juice into eggs.  Slowly add warmed broth into eggs, whisking while incorporating.  Gradually add egg mixture into the soup stirring until thickened.  (You need to be careful at this point because the eggs can cook - trust me I had to skim out some cooked eggs this time!  Be careful not to let the soup boil)

Serve immediately and enjoy!


  1. Most def. one of Ellies better recipes. Loved the addition of eggs for texture/thickening. Good job!

  2. Great idea with the wine and herbs! I really liked this one but it did need a punch more flavor; your version sounds great.

  3. I'm wishing I had made this. Just didn't have time this week. Yours looks delicious.

  4. I agree with notsoskinnykitchen; I wish I'd thought of deglazing with white wine! That's a great idea for next time.

  5. Thank you for the kind messages! This is a favorite in our house!