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Lemony Chicken and Orzo Soup

Written by COA Nutrition Team On March 8, 2018

Here is a different spin on the classic Chicken Noodle Soup!

This hearty and healthy chicken and orzo soup, flavored with lots of bright lemon, will satisfy you any night of the week.

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 bone-in chicken breast
  • 4 carrots
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 lemon
  • 4 sprig fresh dill
  • 4 sprig fresh parsley
  • 4 c. low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 stalk celery
  • ¾ c. orzo
  • 8 oz. snap peas

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place the chicken, carrots, onion, and lemon in a 5- to 6-quart slow cooker. Using kitchen twine, tie the dill and parsley together and nestle it among the chicken and vegetables. Add the broth and 2 cups water, cover, and cook until the chicken is cooked through and easily shreds, 7 to 8 hours on low or 4 to 5 hours on high.
  2. Thirty minutes before serving, transfer the chicken to a bowl and the carrots and onion to a cutting board. Discard the lemon and herbs. Strain the liquid (if desired) and return to the slow cooker.
  3. Cut the celery into 1/4-inch pieces and add it to the slow cooker along with the orzo. Cover and cook on high until the orzo is tender, 20 to 25 minutes.
  4. Meanwhile, cut the carrots into rounds and cut the onion into 1/4-inch pieces. Shred the chicken into large pieces, discarding the bones.
  5. Just before serving, return the chicken, carrots, and onion to the slow cooker along with the snap peas and cook for 3 minutes. Serve with thin fresh sliced lemon and finely chopped parsley, if desired.

Tips of the Month MOBILE

Planning Ahead Tip of the Month

“Embrace Leftovers”

I’m always shocked when people tell me they “don’t like leftovers”. Leftovers are a busy person’s best friend! Cook once and eat three or four times? Sign me up! Of course, not everything is delicious leftover. Cooked fish is better off made into fish cakes or added to a salad than reheated. Leftover cooked greens can be mushy. Salads that are pre-tossed with dressing get wilted and slimy.

But many things are delicious leftover. Soup, chili, cooked chicken, beef or pork, curry, and casseroles are all fantastic the next day. Some dishes even taste better when the flavors have had a chance to meld.

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