Healthy Lemon Chicken Orzo with Green Beans Recipe

Healthy Lemon Chicken Orzo with Green Beans

Healthy Lemon Chicken Orzo with Green BeansMy family LOVES this Healthy Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup recipe! My daughter loves the Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Panera Bread so when I saw this recipe, I had to try it! I changed the ingredients a little bit and we fell in love! Now it’s a once a week recipe for us. And the best part is there is usually enough leftover for my husband and I to take to work the next day.

No complaints here since it’s also on the healthy side of things!

Here’s what we did:

Ingredients for Healthy Greek Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe:

4   boneless, skinless chicken breast halves, cubed
1/2  teaspoon each salt and black pepper
16 oz (half of a large container) chicken broth
1/3  cup lemon juice, I go a little over 1/3 because we like lemon
3   teaspoons honey
3  tablespoons low-fat sour cream
1  cup orzo
8  oz can green beans, drained
2 cups water

Directions for Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup:

  • Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of salt and pepper.
  • Pour broth and lemon juice into a Dutch oven. (I have the Lodge L8DOL3 Cast Iron Dutch Oven with Dual Handles.)
  • Bring to boil and add chicken.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium.
  • Cook for 9 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  • Remove chicken from pot; set aside.
  • Increase heat to high and cook the sauce for 5 minutes to reduce.
  • Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper.
  • Whisk in honey and sour cream.
  • Add 2 cups water to the pot and bring to a boil.
  • Add orzo and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  • Add green beans to the pot for final 4 minutes of cook time.
  • Stir chicken back into the pot and serve.
Notes: The first time I made this, it seemed like a lot of timing but there is no real exact science to it. Just try to be close to the times suggested above. It’s a fairly simple way to make a healthy lemon chicken orzo recipe for the family.
What are some of your favorite recipes made with orzo? We’re always looking for new ideas. Leave a comment below!
Make sure to check out some of our other healthy recipes!

 

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