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Chicken Meatball Soup

Warm up with this comforting Chicken Meatball Soup that's loaded with tender veggies and savory meatballs. It's a hearty, flavorful meal that'll leave you feeling satisfied and cozy.

Tasty Team
May 05, 2023


for 6 servings

Chicken Meatballs

  • 1 lb ground chicken (455 g)
  • ½ cup panko bread crumbs (25 g)
  • 1 large egg
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese (55 g)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley (10 g), finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup white onion (150 g), diced
  • ½ cup carrot (60 g), diced
  • ½ cup celery (110 g), diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 8 cups chicken stock (2 L)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta (145 g)
  • 4 cups swiss chard (400 g), roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

Nutrition Info

  • Calories 467
  • Fat 21g
  • Carbs 46g
  • Fiber 11g
  • Sugar 9g
  • Protein 35g

Estimated values based on one serving size.


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the ground chicken, bread crumbs, egg, Parmesan, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper. Mix well, then form into 1-inch (2 cm) meatballs. You should have 16-18 total.
  2. In a large pot, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Sear the meatballs on all sides until golden brown, 4-5 minutes. Remove from the pot and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, heat the remaining tablespoon of oil. Add the onion, carrot, and celery and cook, stirring occasionally until tender, 3-4 minutes. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant, 1-2 minutes.
  4. Add the chicken stock and bay leaf. Cover and bring to a boil.
  5. Once boiling, add the orzo and meatballs. Cover and simmer for 7-8 minutes, until the orzo is tender.
  6. Add the Swiss chard, cover, and cook for 2-3 minutes until the chard has wilted.
  7. Add the Parmesan cheese and season to taste with salt and pepper. Add the lemon juice.
  8. Ladle into bowls and serve.
  9. Enjoy!