Creamy Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe with Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken

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During the cold winter months our family eats a lot of warm and cozy meals. Whether I’m cooking something in the slow cooker all day long or simmering a soup on the stove, we always look forward to hearty meals that warm the soul. After the cold bug that zapped every member of our family last week, I thought we needed the kind of meal that everyone craves when they’re sick … chicken soup. However, this chicken soup is a bit less traditional with Orzo instead of noodles.

creamy chicken orzo soupThis soup recipe starts with a little olive oil and fresh chopped vegetables sauteed until tender.

olive oil sauted carrots celery and onions

Instead of waiting for chicken to cook slowly in the broth, I used a can of Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken Breast which is already cooked and ready to use. This is a great addition to any soup recipe because it’s so quick and easy to use. Plus, it’s 98% fat free with no preservatives, making it a healthy addition to your meal.

swanson premium chunk white meat canned chickenThere’s no bones, cutting or cleaning involved. You just drain off the water and add it right to the pot. I also added two cans of Swanson Chicken Broth along with two cans of water to create the broth.

sauted vegetables and swanson chickenInstead of using traditional noodles for this this “chicken noodle soup” I used Orzo, a pasta shaped like long grain rice that puffs up in the broth and becomes quite soft.

uncooked orzo pasta

After twenty minutes of simmering you can eat this soup as is, or make it creamy with a cup of cream of chicken soup.

chicken orzo soup

The end result … a very heart warming dish that is warm and soothing during these chilly evenings.

cream of chicken orzo pasta soup

I’d love to know, what’s your favorite comfort dish when you’re sick?

Creamy Chicken Orzo Soup Recipe
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Type: Soup
Serves: 6
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 cup celery, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup baby carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 12.5 oz can Swanson Premium Chunk Chicken, drained
  • 2 14.5 oz cans Swanson Chicken broth + 2 cans water
  • ⅛ teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1 cup Orzo, uncooked
  • 1 cup cream of chicken condensed soup
  1. In a large pot over medium heat, saute the vegetables in olive oil for about 10 minutes, until vegetables are tender.
  2. Add the drained can of chicken and stir.
  3. Season the chicken and vegetables with salt and pepper. Stir.
  4. Increase the heat to medium-high and add the chicken broth plus 2 cans of warm water and stir.
  5. Allow the soup to simmer for 15 minutes then add the uncooked pasta and seasoning. Stir.
  6. Let the soup simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  7. Add the condensed soup, stir until the broth is creamy and serve.


Disclosure – This is a compensated recipe on behalf of Swanson. Opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Donna B. says:

    yummy – thanks for sharing the recipe! :)

  2. Oh, I DEFINITELY need to try this one as it seems like it’s right up my alley! YUM!

  3. I’ve never tried orzo. That looks so good, and that’s the only chicken I use. There’s a HUGE difference in canned chicken brands.

  4. Chicken soup is my go to soup when sick as it’s light and healthy. I never thought about adding canned chicken. Looks good.

    • I never did either until I tried the Swanson chicken, it’s the perfect size for a pot of soup like this. I think I may even try it in dumplings this week.

  5. Oh I am SO going to make this!!! :)

  6. That looks scrumptious! I love creamy soups.

  7. amber henderson says:

    Are you serious? tinned chicken? Come on you can do better than that…