Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is cozy and comforting, and the bright, fresh flavor of  lemon makes it taste just a little like spring.

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Winter this year in Michigan has been absolutely relentless. Sub-zero temps, freezing rain, ice storms, and soooo muchhhh snowwww. Needless to say, this winter has been a big encouragement to create lots of new soup recipes. Nothing warms you up like a warm bowl of soup!

I’ve been using my Instant Pot so much that my stove is getting a little jealous. This soup could easily be made on the stovetop, but it’s even easier to make in the Instant Pot. 

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is cozy and comforting, but the bright, fresh flavor of the lemon makes it taste just a little like spring.

With all the sickness floating around our house, we need all the soup we can get, and the lemon in this chicken orzo soup is perfect for those runny noses, coughs, and sore throats. First E’s pneumonia, now Ben is sick. FUN TIMES. 

Spring….where are you? We all need you. Michigan needs you! 

In the meantime, soup it is. 

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is cozy and comforting, but the bright, fresh flavor of the lemon makes it taste just a little like spring.

About this Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo soup is a twist on a classic chicken noodle soup. Plain chicken noodle soup gets a little boring sometimes so it’s fun to mix it up a little with this recipe. 

Side note: If you are looking for more traditional chicken soup,  don’t worry! Try this Instant Pot Chicken Noodle Soup recipe or Instant Pot Chicken and Rice Soup for comforting soup like Grandma makes. Sometimes that’s just what we need! 

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is cozy and comforting, but the bright, fresh flavor of the lemon makes it taste just a little like spring.

This soup has all the cozy comforts you want in a chicken noodle soup…tender shredded chicken, lots of vegetables, pasta, and warm, soothing broth. However, the broth is brightened up by lots of fresh lemon juice and a little dill (I unapologetically love dill, if you haven’t noticed). 

The orzo nuzzles into your spoon perfectly with the vegetables and chicken, so you get a perfect bite with all the ingredients each time. 

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is cozy and comforting, but the bright, fresh flavor of the lemon makes it taste just a little like spring.

How to make this Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup on the stove: 

Although it kind of seems like it at this point, I realize not everyone in the world has an Instant Pot or other pressure cooker. This soup is really simple to make on on the stove, too.

To speed up cooking time, I recommend dicing the chicken into bite-sized pieces before adding it to the soup. You could cook the breast halves whole and shred them if that’s what you prefer, but it will increase the cooking time. You could also use chicken that you pull off a rotisserie chicken if you want to make this a super quick and easy recipe. 

  • In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Dice chicken and add diced chicken, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Sauté until onions are translucent. 
  • Add broth, water, lemon juice, dill, and garlic and bring to a boil. 
  • When boiling, add carrots and orzo and cook for 8-10 minutes (or as your orzo package directs), until orzo is al dente. Stir in spinach until wilted, and serve!

It’s very easy whether you make it on the stove or in your pressure cooker. You guys are going to love this one! 

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is cozy and comforting, but the bright, fresh flavor of the lemon makes it taste just a little like spring.

Want to round this out as a nice meal? It would be great with easy homemade bread (from Center Cut Cook) or a crispy tossed salad with healthy homemade ranch dressing.

More Instant Pot recipes:

Looking to use your Instant Pot more often for soups, stews, and main dishes?  Try:

 

This Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is cozy and comforting, but the bright, fresh flavor of the lemon makes it taste just a little like spring.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 28 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 3 minutes

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is cozy and comforting, and the bright, fresh flavor of lemon makes it taste just a little like spring.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup diced or thinly sliced celery
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 to 2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice (2-3 lemons)
  • 1 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 large handfuls fresh baby spinach (about 3 cups)

Instructions

Instant Pot Directions

  1. Heat Instant Pot to "Sauté."
  2. Add oil, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions are translucent, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add broth, water, and chicken. Secure lid and turn valve to "seal." Set Instant Pot on Manual (high pressure) for 11 minutes. Quick release pressure when done cooking.
  4. Remove chicken to a plate and turn Instant Pot back to Sauté. Add lemon juice, dill weed, garlic powder, carrots, and orzo. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until noodles are tender, or about 10-12 minutes (check the package for exact cooking time).
  5. Meanwhile, shred chicken with two forks and return to pot when shredded.
  6. When orzo has finished cooking, turn Instant Pot to warm and add spinach and stir to wilt. Taste and adjust seasoning for salt and pepper. You may also add more chicken broth or water if it's thicker than you like.

Stovetop Directions

  1. In a large stockpot or Dutch oven, heat oil over medium heat. Dice chicken and add diced chicken, celery, onion, salt and pepper. Sauté until onions are translucent, 5-6 minutes. 
  2. Add broth, water, lemon juice, dill, and garlic and bring to a boil. 
  3. When boiling, add carrots and orzo and cook for 8-10 minutes (or as your orzo package directs), until orzo is al dente. Stir in spinach until wilted, and serve!

Notes

  • To speed up cooking time when making the stovetop version, I recommend dicing the chicken into bite-sized pieces before adding it to the soup. You could cook it whole and shred it if that's what you prefer, but it will slightly increase the cooking time. You could also use chicken that you pull off a rotisserie chicken if you want to make this a super quick and easy recipe. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 442Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 132mgSodium: 954mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 4gProtein: 54g

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Verdict: Love this recipe so much! I might never go back to “regular” chicken noodle soup ever again. Lemon and dill make everything better.
Husband’s take: I was a little nervous Ben wouldn’t like this, because historically he likes the classics and doesn’t like citrusy twists on them, but to my surprise, he loves this! He always eats all the leftovers.
Changes I would make: None are necessary, but you could add different vegetables, some fresh parsley or fresh dill instead of dried.
Difficulty: Very easy!