Chicken-Orzo Soup

  • NRiley Posted: 03/23/10
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    Delicious and easy to make. Will do this one again soon!

  • rachelcooks Posted: 10/16/09
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    Yum! Great slightly sweet, warming soup. An excellent chicken soup to pack for work during the week. Much tastier and healthier than the cans! I didn't use fresh thyme and parsley, rather I used freeze-dried and it stays in the soup. May try with diced tomatoes or red pepper flakes next time just for variety...

  • jgrh52 Posted: 01/07/10
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    This was good, but a little bland. Maybe some red pepper flakes. I didn't drain the orzo, just dumped the whole pan in. Why couldn't the orzo just cook in the broth? Does anyone have a tip? My family liked it a lot.

  • akjones Posted: 11/09/09
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    Very easy! My husband and son loved it. I used herbes de provence instead of thyme and parsley sprigs.

  • LisaLMF Posted: 11/28/09
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    Love it! And make it even easier by adding the orzo and all liquid to the vegetables at the same time, since all need to cook about ten minutes. And I use leftover roasted chicken or turkey by adding with the spinach.

  • rindacolleen Posted: 10/28/09
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    Excellent dish. We will definitely have this again and again.

  • Susie22312 Posted: 10/20/09
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    After reading pp comment, I was sure to turn the orzo down to a nice simmer after it boiled....it cooked perfectly per recipe. I'd make this again for a healthy quick meal.

  • kelseyd Posted: 09/29/09
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    If you like chicken soup, this is delicious. I used brown rice since I didn't have any orzo on hand. Great for a cold rainy day.

  • trudy48 Posted: 11/15/10
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    Easy and quick for a soup that tastes like you cooked it all day. The only change I made was to add more pepper--always good in chicken soup to enhance flavor. Served with some bread and a bottle of wine, this will make a nice light winter dinner.

  • skspillman Posted: 01/10/10
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    Made this yesterday for a snowy Sunday lunch. Following some of tips from the other reviews, I boiled 1 cup of orzo in 2 1/2 cups broth with the carrots, celery, and onions for 10 minutes. I put a teaspoon of oregano, a pinch of crushed red pepper, and two teaspoons of minced garlic in this mixture, along with some salt-free garlic and herb seasoning mix. I put a bit of salt, pepper, & more salt-free garlic and herb seasoning on the chicken before cooking. I cooked the chicken with the broth and water for about 10 minutes along with a bay leaf. I used dried parsley and thyme instead of fresh sprigs. I served this soup alongside whole wheat bread with apple crisp for dessert, and the meal went over well.

  • Daniellelee Posted: 12/09/09
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    I made this just like it says except I used dried thyme instead of fresh and left out the parsley. YUM! It was easy and tasty, made a fresh side salad and served with some sourdough slices. I will throw this into the rotation.

  • ChrisBellaire Posted: 01/11/10
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    Delicious and easy to put together. Tastes good the day after (and the day after that). I followed the recipe exactly except for using dried thyme and bottled lemon juice. I would recommend cooking the orzo a little less time since mine seemed a bit overcooked when I followed the recipe. My family and out of town company liked it a lot.

  • CHBrown Posted: 11/22/09
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    This is a great soup. It's quick, easy, healthy and hearty. I made the following changes: I added extra thyme and parsley for additional flavor. I also added 2 tablespoon of lemon juice (rather than 1). This is a great weeknight recipe.

  • cspice Posted: 02/24/10
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    Delicious! Followed recipe exact. Even my 12 & 8 yr old boys loved it!

  • CharlieR Posted: 01/02/11
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    Love this recipe. Have made it several times. Definitely a keeper.

  • mollyb333 Posted: 10/26/09
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    We tried this tonight, it was very good. I paired it with some sliced bread. It did take longer than 20 minutes, with chopping, but well worth it. It will definitely be a repeat in my house.

  • jpmoyer Posted: 11/23/09
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    I agree with pretty much all the previous comments. I enjoyed this tasty soup, and will definitely make again! It had good flavor and very satisfying.

  • MelissaF04 Posted: 11/14/09
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    I loved this recipe. It was a comforting, healthy soup. I made the the following changes: 1. I used 1 cup of orzo (keep a really close eye on it) 2. I put salt, pepper, & poultry seasoning on the chicken before cooking 3. I cooked the orzo in 2 1/2 cups of broth 4. I added 1 teaspoon of dried oregano, 1 clove of chopped garlic, and a pinch of red pepper flakes to the carrot mixture while cooking 5. I added 1 bay leaf to the broth while it cooked. The soup turned out delicious, and I will make it again!

  • ActonTom Posted: 10/01/09
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    I made this the other day to self-medicate my cold. It was delicious and my daughter LOVED it. It is listed as a '20-minute' meal, but that assumes you've already done the chopping. I was hesitant to use chicken broth to cook the orzo, because the thought of dumping broth down the drain didn't seem right to me. But all of the liquid was absorbed after about nine minutes. WATCH THE ORZO: It will burn if you cook it for 10 minutes as instructed in the recipe.

  • Katyluv5 Posted: 10/28/09
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    I have made this 3 times already and LOVE it! This is my new "standard" chicken soup. It is so fresh tasting and healthy! I love the orzo and spinach. It really is super easy and quick to make. I have made it exactly per the recipe and it comes out perfect. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!

  • Maywati Posted: 03/25/10
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    I made this recipe when I had a cold and needed a soup to make me feel better. It was easy to make and as I couldn't really taste much of anything it was fine for me. I made it again when i didn't have a cold and wanted that same quick soup but the taste for me just wasn't there and I didn't like it a bit. Much better to make a chicken soup from scratch

  • spaprincessnic Posted: 10/25/10
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    Love this recipe, have made it several times both exactly and with modifications (I always add more spinach!) Try adding leaks and using less onion! YUMO!

  • LittleAli30 Posted: 10/08/10
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    We found this recipe to be very tasty! It was very simple to make but it should simmer for longer. The next time I make it I would use more salt and pepper maybe a few more herbs. We topped it off with some parmesan cheese.

  • Janellemc Posted: 01/14/11
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    Nice solid recipe. Great for a weeknight meal. I tossed the Orzo in with the soup instead of cooking it seperately. This will be my new go to chicken soup recipe.

  • dsmomma Posted: 02/26/11
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    it is real yummy try it you'll like it too.

  • emilyrn Posted: 01/26/11
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    I made this last night, I used dried thyme and parsley and I also didn't drain the orzo just put it in with all the juices as someone else stated and it came out great! My husband and two year old enjoyed it and I will be making this one again.

  • LizzieKat Posted: 10/18/11
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    Loved this soup. Really good and easy. Thanks for all the tips. I cooked the orzo with the soup and added diced tomatoes. This is my new favorite chicken soup recipe.

  • expatbritcit Posted: 02/17/12
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    I made this last night and thought it was an easy, tasty and quick soup to make. I didn't have any spinach, but did have some cabbage so added that instead. I also just added the orzo and its juices without draining. It turned out very well. I will definitely make this again.

  • mom3girls Posted: 03/04/12
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    Wow! Recipe with great "bones". I used leftover chopped cooked chicken. I sauteed the veggies, then simmered in broth. I added cooked orzo, spinach, fresh parsley, and lemon after veggies tender, then put a lid on for a few minutes, off heat. Don't forget lots of salt and pepper, and seasonings to your taste. Enjoy!

  • 1Woodlandcook Posted: 02/28/12
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    Made this tonight, and it was very good!! Added garlic and Italian seasoning, and then topped each bowl with a little grated Parmesan. Yummy!!!

  • steponme Posted: 03/11/12
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    Just, really bland. I've made better CL chicken soup recipes.

  • laneygirl Posted: 02/17/12
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    Made this soup tonight for dinner - absolutely delish!!!!

  • nomsdos Posted: 01/24/13
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    Very good, tasty and easy to make. It's a little different than your average chicken soup.But add a little more spice.

  • nylorac1 Posted: 03/24/13
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    I thought this was a really great soup==I did add a can of Rotel for a kick==

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  • KLStorck Posted: 11/11/12
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    I grew up on chicken soup made by stewing a whole chicken and homemade broth. It was always a delicious treat. For a quick version of that, that truly satisfies, this is amazing!! So delicious! And I love the addition of lemon!

  • stimply Posted: 03/27/14
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    Easy. Needs some spicing up, as others have said. Good enough to keep in the rotation and has some good opportunities for variation.

  • meresmom Posted: 03/16/14
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    easy and quick - i used leftover roasted chicken and added it after the vegetables had sauteed...

  • WinterAmy Posted: 12/01/13
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    Love this soup. It's quick, easy, and is so comforting. It is in our regular menu rotation at our house in the winter months. I've made this for potluck, and there were no leftovers. I have also left parsley leaves (no stems) in the soup, and it tastes good.

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