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Easy Chicken And Risoni (orzo) Soup

Published Friday, 12 April, 2013 by Ellen

Easy budget friendly yummy soup



  • Makes about 8 serves, adjust to make smaller amount.
  • 2 freerange chicken breasts, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • water
  • 5 celery sticks, chopped
  • 2 medium sized carrots, chopped small
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • risoni (orzo in the states)
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • salt and pepper
  • parsley for garnish (if desired)


Cook onion in a little oil in a large saucepan

fill about a third to half of the saucepan with water and let it boil a bit (or boil the kettle then pour that in), add chicken, stock cube and salt and pepper to taste and let simmer on low to medium heat for about 10-15 minutes.

while the chicken is boiling away, chop up your celery and carrot then add when chicken is slightly cooked.

add about half a packet of risoni (250 grams), give it a stir, you may need to add more water, and simmer on low heat for about 20 minutes or so, keep checking it and giving it a stir. You may need to add extra water as the risoni really swells up when cooked.

the risoni gives this soup the oomph and makes it a meal it itself. You can add extra vegies such as broccoli or cauliflower, but i like it with just the celery and carrot.



  • 4 years ago

    In an earlier comment i said to let it simmer for an hour, this is too long, it only needs about 20 minutes.

  • 4 years ago

    Yep, chop up the raw chicken and chuck it in the water

  • Nina 4 years ago

    Did you put the chicken in raw?

  • Fahima 5 years ago

    It was really nice and i would probably make it when visitors come.

  • 6 years ago

    Let it all cook for at least an hour

  • Larah 6 years ago

    I don't know how long it takes?

  • 6 years ago

    Just to clarify, i'm australian, i believe they call risoni "orzo" in the states.

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