Crock Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo Soup

This Crock Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo Soup is easy to make, and the results are both nutritious and delicious.

Crock Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo Soup with carrots

This recipe for Chicken Orzo Soup re-creates the flavors of an Italian soup in a slow cooker. And guess what? Even boneless skinless chicken breasts turn out tender and juicy when cooked in a Crock Pot.

This chicken and orzo soup is also loaded with veggies and herbs. It's super light and flavorful.

How do you make chicken and orzo soup in the Crock Pot?

This is not a "dump and run" slow cooker recipe. Instead, you can use your Crock Pot to make this soup in under four hours!

To make this soup, you cook broth, chopped onions, chopped carrots, and diced celery for 3 hours on low in the slow cooker.

Next, you cut boneless skinless chicken into 1/2 inch chunks and add it to the Crock Pot, along with chopped zucchini, orzo, and frozen peas and cook them in your slow cooker for 30 minutes.

Once the orzo and chicken are cooked through, stir in some shredded Parmigiano-Reggiano and a handful of chopped parsley and serve straight from the slow cooker.

That sounds pretty easy, right?

It's super easy!

Crock Pot Italian Chicken Orzo Soup

What is Orzo?

Orzo is actually a pasta that is shaped like rice. I used to think that it was a variety of rice. Silly me. 

If you don't have any orzo on hand, you can break up some spaghettini into small pieces instead. If you'd rather add larger pasta or noodles, cook the the noodles separately and add them to the finished soup. 

We loved this soup. It's light, full of veggies and herbs, and perfect for any season. 

Slow cooker italian chicken and orzo soup

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Yield: 6 servings

Crock Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo Soup


  • 8 cups of chicken broth or stock

  • 1 medium sweet or brown onion, finely chopped

  • 2 large carrots, chopped into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 2 large celery ribs, chopped

  • 2 pounds of boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 2 medium zucchini, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • 1 cup orzo

  • 1 cup frozen peas

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese

  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley 


  1. Add the broth, onion, carrots, and celery to a 5 to 7 quart slow cooker. Cook on low for 3 hours. 

  2. Add the chicken, zucchini, orzo, and peas. Cover and cook for an additional 30 minutes. 

  3. Add the salt and pepper to taste, and stir in the Parmesan and parsley. 

  4. Serve immediately.

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This recipe has been adapted from The Italian Slow Cooker


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