Healthy Recipe: Chicken-Vegetable Soup with Orzo and Spinach


Servings  6  

1 1/2 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts (2 large chicken breasts)
4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
1/4 teaspoon dried dill
2 teaspoon lemon juice
14 oz packaged, grated mixed vegetables (like corn, green beans, and carrots, or canned vegetables listed in Tips)
1/2 cup whole-wheat orzo
1 cup frozen spinach
1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups water


  • Add chicken broth, water, thyme, and dill into a large, heavy-duty pot. Bring to a boil over high heat.
  • When boiling, use tongs to add chicken breasts into the water. Cover, lowering heat to medium or medium-low, so liquid is at a simmer. Cook until chicken is fully-cooked, about 15 to 20 minutes. (Cut into the chicken to check that it is fully cooked.) When chicken is done, use tongs to transfer chicken from soup onto a plate. Carefully, cut chicken into a few pieces to cool quickly.
  • Stir in orzo, frozen vegetables, spinach, and lemon juice. Let soup cook over medium heat until orzo is cooked, about 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, when chicken has cooled down, cut into chunks. Add chicken to the soup when orzo has cooked its 10 minutes, stirring and cooking until chicken is warm, just a couple minutes. Remove soup from heat and serve.

-Recipe from the American Heart Association

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