Chicken-Orzo-Soup
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5 from 4 votes

One Pot Chicken and Bacon Orzo Soup

This one pot chicken and bacon orzo soup is perfect for chilly days or when you just need a warm bowl of comfort food.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken and bacon orzo soup
Servings: 6
Calories: 281kcal
Author: Jennifer Farley

Ingredients

  • 5 slices bacon
  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced (approximately 1 large onion)
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup celery, diced (approximately 3 ribs)
  • 1 cup carrots, diced
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 6 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
  • 1/2 cup orzo
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper or to taste
  • chopped fresh parsley to taste

Instructions

  • In a large dutch oven or heavy bottom saucepan, render the fat from the bacon over low heat. Once there's a nice layer of fat on the bottom of the pan, turn the heat up slightly and cook the bacon until crisp. Place the bacon on a plate lined with paper towels to drain. Discard all but 2-3 tablespoons of the fat from the pan.
  • Add the onions, garlic, celery, and carrots to the pan with a pinch of salt. Cook the vegetables on medium heat for several minutes, stirring periodically, until they have caramelized a bit (Note: the more you caramelize them, the more flavorful the finished soup will be).
  • Lay the chicken breasts on top of the vegetables and cover with the chicken stock. Bring the the liquid to a boil, cover and reduce the heat to low. Allow the soup to simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the chicken and place on a cutting board. Once it has cooled slightly, use 2 forks to shred the meat. Set aside.
  • Bring the soup back to a boil and add the orzo. Cook for 8 minutes, uncovered, until the orzo is al dente.
  • Add the chicken back to the soup and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Dice the reserved bacon. Garnish each bowl of soup with fresh parsley and diced bacon before serving. (Note: the bacon can be reheated either in a skillet over medium heat or in the microwave at 10 second intervals)

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Nutrition

Calories: 281kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 25g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 311mg | Potassium: 736mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 3660IU | Vitamin C: 6.9mg | Calcium: 44mg | Iron: 1.2mg