Greek-style Spinach and Orzo Chicken Soup

Greek-style Spinach and Orzo Chicken Soup

This delicious, comforting soup is like a Greek version of minestrone. Packed with spinach and tomatoes, it is the perfect slow cooker recipe to have on hand in the fall.

Ingredients

  • Serves: 8
  • Prep Time:
  • Cook Time:
  • 1 1/3 lb (0.7 kg) bone-in, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
  • 1 cup (250 mL) leek(s), light green and white part, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper(s), seeded, chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) cinnamon, ground
  • 1/2 tsp (2.5 mL) hot red chili pepper flakes
  • 4 sprigs dill, fresh
  • 1 cup (250 mL) canned diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) lemon juice, fresh
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) sea salt
  • 5 cups (1.25 L) water
  • 1 cup (250 mL) orzo
  • 8 cups (2 L) baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) dill, fresh, minced
  • 1 lemon, cut into wedges
  • 2 whole wheat pita, large
  1. Heat oil in skillet over medium heat. Add chopped leek and minced garlic and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the diced red pepper and sauté another few minutes. Add to slow cooker.

  2. Add chili pepper flakes, dill weed sprigs, bay leaf, cinnamon, tomatoes with juice, lemon juice, zest of lemon, salt and chicken broth and stir well to combine. Add skinless, bone-in chicken breasts. Cover and cook on low 6-8 hours (or on high for 4-5 hours) until chicken is cooked through.

  3. Meanwhile, cook orzo in a separate saucepan until al dente - about 10 minutes. Drain.

  4. Preheat oven to 325ºF (160ºC).

  5. Remove chicken and dill sprigs from slow cooker and cool. Take meat off the bone and dice into bite-size pieces.

  6. Brush pitas with olive oil, cut into small pie shaped slices and place on baking pan. Cook pita’s in oven until crisp.

  7. Add cooked orzo to soup along with chicken, baby spinach and minced fresh dill. Heat another 15 minutes until soup returns to boil and spinach is just cooked.

  8. Serve in individual bowls with lemon wedges and pita crisps on the side.

Nutrition Info

  • Per 350 g serving Amount
  • Calories 260
  • Protein 23 g
  • Fat 5 g
  • Saturated Fat 1 g
  • Carbohydrate 31 g
  • Fibre 4 g
  • Sugar 3 g
  • Cholesterol 45 mg
  • Sodium 450 mg
  • Per 350 g serving % Daily Value
  • Potassium 10
  • Calcium 6
  • Iron 30
  • Vitamin A 20
  • Vitamin C 70
  • Vitamin B6 30
  • Vitamin B12 14
  • Folate 26
  • Magnesium 29
  • Zinc 73

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