Chicken Soup with Orzo and Turmeric


This chicken soup with orzo and turmeric is ultra soothing when you're feeling under the weather.

Prep Time:
25 mins
Cook Time:
40 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 5 mins
8 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 cup diced onion

  • 1 cup diced carrot

  • 1 cup diced celery

  • 1 ½ pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into large chunks

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 (1 inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced

  • 2 teaspoons ground turmeric

  • ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste

  • 6 cups chicken broth

  • 1 ¼ cups uncooked orzo pasta

  • 1 bunch Italian parsley

  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar


  1. Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat. Add onion, carrot, and celery; saute until onion is translucent, 8 to 10 minutes. Add chicken, salt, and pepper; cook and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Add garlic, ginger, turmeric, and red pepper flakes; cook and stir until fragrant, about 1 minute.

  2. Increase heat to medium-high and pour in chicken broth; bring to a boil.

  3. Reduce heat to medium, cover, and simmer until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the juices run clear, 8 to 10 minutes. Remove chicken to a plate and shred when cool enough to handle.

  4. Increase heat to medium-high and bring to a boil. Add orzo and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender yet firm to the bite, 8 to 10 minutes.

  5. Remove and discard parsley stems; roughly chop leaves. Stir parsley into the soup with shredded chicken and vinegar. Adjust seasonings and ladle into bowls.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

253 Calories
5g Fat
29g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 253
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 48mg 16%
Sodium 939mg 41%
Total Carbohydrate 29g 11%
Dietary Fiber 2g 9%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 23g
Vitamin C 14mg 68%
Calcium 43mg 3%
Iron 2mg 13%
Potassium 336mg 7%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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