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Chicken Meatball Soup

  • Author: Kayla Berman
  • Prep Time: 30 Minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 Minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 6 Servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop


Chicken Meatball Soup is a hearty, healthy, and delicious soup recipe! Made with tiny bite-sized chicken meatballs, tender orzo pasta, baby spinach, and aromatic vegetables … this homemade soup is brothy, flavorful, light, and simmered to perfection. The whole family will love this cozy and comforting meal!



Chicken Meatballs


  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 5 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 cup celery, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 64 oz chicken broth
  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta
  • 3 large handfuls baby spinach
  • 1/4 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • Salt & pepper


  1. Start by preparing the meatballs.  Add the ground chicken, egg, Panko breadcrumbs, parmesan cheese, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to a large bowl.  Combine thoroughly.
  2. Roll the chicken mixture into small meatballs, about 1/2 tbsp in size. I like to then place the chicken balls on a sheet pan while I prepare to brown them.
  3. Next add 1 tbsp olive oil to the bottom of a large pot or dutch oven over medium high heat.  Add the meatballs in a single layer.  Brown on one side, flip, then brown on the other.  Since the meatballs are small, this should only take about 2-3 minutes. Then remove them and set aside. You may have to do multiple batches depending on the size of your soup pot.
  4. Add the onion, garlic, celery, and carrot to the same pot.  Add in Italian seasoning, garlic powder, and the remaining olive oil as well.  Sauté for a few minutes until soft and fragrant.  Add salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Next add the chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  6. Then add the orzo pasta and the browned meatballs to the soup.  Combine.  Cook for 9 minutes or until the small pasta is al dente.  You don’t want the orzo to be too soft because it will continue to cook.  You can also add 1 cup of water at this point if you feel the soup needs more liquid.  
  7. Turn the heat to low then add in the baby spinach and parmesan cheese.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  Combine and let simmer for another few minutes.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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