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Recipe: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

by Jessie Beyer - Saturday, January 4, 2020

Recipe: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

With the recent bout of chilly weather in Colorado, there has been a lot of discussion in the US office about the wonders of a crock pot. The crock pot is a wonderful kitchen companion for many reasons. Our favorite reasons for loving it are its endless one-pot meal options and the low maintenance involved with a delicious meal, and the little prep work which mostly limits itself to some chopping and pouring.  Along with the new year often comes new habits, so whether you are looking to save a little time, add some healthier meals into the mix, or just want a delicious dinner, this recipe won’t disappoint!


  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 large bone-in, chicken breasts (with or without skin)
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • ½ medium onion, finely diced
  • 1 pound carrots, peeled, sliced
  • 4 medium stalks celery, diced
  • 2 tablespoons rosemary
  • 2 medium bay leaves
  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

To be added at last 25 minutes:

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta (You can use rice if you would like to make gluten-free)
  • Zest of one lemon, finely grated
  • Juice of lemon
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves


  1. Combine first 11 ingredients in the bowl of a slow cooker. Cook on medium for 6-8 hours or until chicken and carrots are tender or on high for 3-4 hours
  2.  Remove chicken breasts and allow them to cool.
  3. While chicken is cooling, add pasta (or rice) to soup and increase heat level to high (if cooking soup on low). Cook for 20-25 minutes more or until pasta (rice) is tender.
  4.  Add lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme and diced chicken. Stir to combine. Taste and add salt if needed.

Jessie Beyer - Originally from the suburbs of Washington, D.C., Jessie headed west for college and never looked back. She earned a Journalism and Technical Communications degree from Colorado State University, and has since worked in a variety of industries including radio, sustainability, and wine tourism. Jessie combines her passion for travel, cycling, and storytelling to help people understand the unique power of exploring the world from the seat of a bike. A self-proclaimed travel junkie, Jessie has found herself on many extended adventures. She spent 2015 exploring many corners of the world including tramping through New Zealand's mountains, cycling through Europe, and hitching a boat ride down the Mekong river from Laos into Thailand. At home in Colorado you'll likely find her singing her way up mountain trails, talking to strangers, and seeking restaurants with patios and Spanish wines.

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