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Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is a quick and easy homemade soup recipe made entirely in the pressure cooker. Loaded with chicken, carrots, pasta and plenty of lemon, this is comfort food in a bowl!

instant pot lemon chicken orzo soup in a bowl with lemon slices

Nothing is more comforting than a steaming hot bowl of homemade chicken soup, especially if you’re feeling under the weather! Add some lemon and a bit of ginger, it’s even better. If you like lemon chicken, you’ll love this easy Instant Pot lemon chicken orzo soup!

I thought we were pretty much done with soup recipes for the year. It’s been unseasonably warm here, so I was thinking up recipes for spring. So of course, we got rain. And, it got cold. Then, my daughter called from school saying she was sick and needed to come home.

I  had actually made a big old pot of my regular chicken noodle soup in the pressure cooker for dinner the night before, so I decided to make a slightly different variation. My daughter absolutely loves lemon chicken, and I knew she would love lemon chicken soup.

This soup is incredibly easy to make, and the only difference between lemon chicken soup and your normal chicken soup is that there’s lemon, of course, and orzo pasta instead of the usual egg noodles. I had everything I needed for the soup except the orzo, and when I asked the Hubs to pick some up on his way home, he thought it was rice!

instant pot lemon chicken orzo soup with chopped carrots and celery and onions in pot

The only real prep work involved in making lemon chicken soup in the pressure cooker is cutting up the veggies. I always have baby carrots in the fridge, so there’s no peeling involved. Just chop them up along with celery and onions, and throw them on top of the chicken.

I used boneless skinless chicken breasts and 2 cartons of low sodium chicken broth for this recipe. You could even use less if you don’t want that much, but we like having leftovers. You could also use homemade broth here if you have it.

And you guys, it’s so easy to make homemade soup stock in the Instant Pot! I was completely out, but I do have a post about how to make your own bone broth or stock in the pressure cooker coming soon.

instant pot lemon chicken orzo soup in ladle

Anyway, the takes 10 minutes to cook in the Instant Pot. You do have to allow about 10 to 15 minutes for it to reach pressure and a few minutes to release the pressure. You can go and put your feet up in the meantime!

When the soup is done, just cut up the chicken and add the orzo to the pot. I use the saute function to cook the pasta, and then I add the chicken back in. I also like to taste the chicken soup and see if it needs more seasoning. You can also add more lemon if you like your soup extra lemony.

instant pot lemon chicken orzo soup with carrots and celery and lemon slices

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Recipe for Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

5 from 3 votes

Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

By: Dee
homemade Instant Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup is loaded with chicken, carrots, pasta and lemon and is made in the pressure cooker for a quick and easy dinner. It's comfort food in a bowl!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
pressure time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 3 small boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 tablespoon herbes de Provence seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 yellow onion, chopped
  • 1 cup sliced baby carrots
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped, plus celery leaves
  • 32 ounces low sodium chicken broth 1 large carton
  • 1 large lemon, juice of, plus zest
  • 1 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
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  • Add the chicken to the inner pot, then season with next 5 ingredients
  • Add the onion, carrots, celery and carrots
  • Pour in the chicken broth, then add the lemon juice and zest
  • Cover, turn valve to SEALING position, then hit PRESSURE COOK for 10 minutes
  • When pot beeps, allow a 5 to 10 minute natural release, then do a gradual quick release, and remove lid when pin drops
  • Remove chicken, hit CANCEL, then hit SAUTE and add orzo pasta. Cook until pasta is tender or done to your liking
  • Meanwhile, cut chicken into large pieces, and return to pot
  • Serve when pasta is done cooking, and garnish with extra lemon slices and fresh parsley, if desired


Optional -- add cooked pasta when serving. Orzo sucks up a lot of broth, and leftovers turn to mostly chicken and orzo with very little broth left.


Calories: 109kcal, Carbohydrates: 15g, Protein: 10g, Fat: 1g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 22mg, Sodium: 282mg, Potassium: 223mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 2g, Vitamin A: 61IU, Vitamin C: 2mg, Calcium: 22mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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This recipe for Instant Pot lemon chicken orzo soup is definitely a keeper! I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

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  1. Jeanne says:

    I made this soup recently. I found that 1 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp black pepper was very heavy for 4 cups of broth. I added another 32oz of liquid.

    1. Dee says:

      We like ours to be super flavorful, but it’s very easy to adjust the seasoning level. 🙂