Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup made in the Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker. A delicious and healthy soup with tender chicken, lots of veggies and orzo past. A perfect meal for the cold weather!

Near my workplace, I used to enjoy this Lemon Chicken Orzo soup at Corner Bakery. I always wanted to make this at home, so I could share the goodness with my family. Now that I am not working at that company, I have been missing the soup even more. So here is my take at this hearty soup!

How to make Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup? 

If you have made Chicken Noodle soup, this is kind of similar, but not exactly the same. I use orzo pasta in place of noodles. Orzo is shaped like grains of rice, and are great as a side or in salads. They are a perfect carb addition to this soup.

In this recipe, I cut the chicken to small pieces and add right after the onions. It helps with making this quicker, as I don’t have to cook the chicken separately. However if you prefer shredded chicken, you can always cook the chicken separately, then shred it while the other ingredients are cooking and add it along with the cream.

This is not a super thick soup, unlike my Creamy Broccoli Cheddar soup (If you haven’t already, you must try it!). In the Broccoli Cheddar soup, I make a roux before pressure cooking. In this soup, as we are cooking pasta along with the soup, it naturally thickens a bit. And if you refrigerate it to enjoy the next day, it thickens even more.

Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Instant Pot Pressure Cooker

Here is a quick video to show how easy it is to make this soup in the Instant Pot:


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Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins

A healthy soup with lots of vegetables, tender chicken and orzo pasta, bursting with lemony flavors. 

Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 182 kcal
Author: Piping Pot Curry
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 3/4 cup Onion  diced
  • 1 tbsp Garlic minced
  • 1/2 lb Chicken cut in small pieces
  • 3/4 cup Carrots grated or cut into small pieces
  • 3/4 cup Celery cut into small pieces
  • 1/2 tsp Salt adjust to taste
  • 1/4 tsp Pepper
  • 1/2 tsp Thyme
  • 1/3 cup Orzo
  • 2 cup Broth Veggie or Chicken
  • 1 tbsp Lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup Cream heavy whipping
  • Parsley leaves to garnish
  1. Start the instant pot in SAUTE mode and heat it. Add oil, onions and garlic. Stir and saute for 2 minutes.   

  2. Add chicken and mix with the onions. Spread them in the pot and let them saute for 3 minutes. 

  3. Add carrots, celery, orzo, salt, pepper, thyme and broth. Stir well. Press Cancel and close the lid with vent in sealing position. 

  4. Set the instant pot on MANUAL or pressure cook mode at high pressure for 6 minutes. 

  5. When the instant pot beeps, quick release the pressure manually. Open lid and stir the soup. 

  6. Stir in lemon juice, cream and parsley. Press Saute and let the soup come to a quick boil in about a minute. 

  7. Soup is ready to be served. 

Recipe Notes
  • Orzo pasta I used had a cook time on the pack of 9 minutes, so I cooked it in the soup for 6 minutes. Adjust the cooking time if the orzo you use has a different cooking time. 
  • I have used Better Than Bullion base to make broth. It is just easier to keep at hand for all my cooking. You may want to skip adding salt if using this.  
Nutrition Facts
Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup - Instant Pot Pressure Cooker
Amount Per Serving (282 g)
Calories 182 Calories from Fat 79
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 8.74g 13%
Saturated Fat 2.854g 14%
Trans Fat 0.002g
Cholesterol 47mg 16%
Sodium 786mg 33%
Potassium 444mg 13%
Total Carbohydrates 10.02g 3%
Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%
Sugars 3.18g
Protein 15.81g 32%
Vitamin A 166%
Vitamin C 20%
Calcium 9%
Iron 8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Note: Nutrition values are my best estimates. If you rely on them for your diet, use your preferred nutrition calculator.


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2 thoughts on “Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup – Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker

  1. Made this tonight and it was absolutely amazing! Cooked for 4 mins and my only suggestion would be that if using “Better Than Bouillon” broth I’d decrease the salt in recipe since I find it to be a bit salty. As an easy shortcut I purchased 1/2 lb cooked chicken at the deli section, didn’t have it sliced and just cubed it and tossed it in after sauteeing veggies. I also added extra lemon right before serving. Next time I’ll definitely double or triple recipe, it was THAT good!!!

    1. Hey Katie – I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. Always great to get good feedback and hear how you changed it to your needs. I will mention to reduce salt as needed on the recipe. Thank you for the review 🙂

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