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Nailed it or Failed it: Lemon Chicken Orzo soup

Warm up on these cold days with this cozy and warm soup. Or make it and freeze it for up to three months and use when you need it.

MOLINE, Ill. — The colder months are upon us, and we're all trying to find ways to stay warm. Soup is always a go-to at News 8's David Bohlman's house. But when you're tired of chicken noodle or chili, it's time to try something new.

The Good Morning Quad Cities team made a Lemon Chicken Orzo soup for this week's Nailed it or Failed it segment and you don't need to wait to the end to find out it was a total nailed it.

We used this recipe but made some slight alterations in the method.


  • 2 stalks of celery chopped finely
  • 2 medium carrots peeled and chopped finely
  • 1/2 of a medium onion diced
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  • 3 cloves of garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 pounds uncooked chicken breasts
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley
  • Salt & pepper


  • Sauté  the celery, carrots and onions in a large soup pot with butter and oil over medium to high heat for five to seven minutes or until fragrant.
  • Add garlic and mix. Then add the flour, mix, and cook for about a minute.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and stir until the flour has dissolved, then add Italian seasoning and the raw chicken (yes, add the full chicken breasts right to the pot). 
  • Bring soup to a boil, boil for 10 mins, then turn heat down and simmer for another 10 mins.
  • Remove chicken from the pot (be careful, it's hot). David used a pair of tongs. Cube the chicken, and add back to the pot.
  • Add the orzo to the pot, and cook for another ten minutes. Mix the orzo for the duration of the ten minutes or it may stick to the bottom of the pot.
  • Add in the lemon juice. The recipe called for one tablespoon, David added two. 
  • Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!

Nailed it or Failed it segments air Friday mornings during Good Morning Quad Cities. See recent Nailed it or Failed it segments below.

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