Mexican Chicken Soup with Orzo & Kale Recipe

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 How is it that I’m almost 50 and I’ve never had Orzo until this week?

Well, it is magical!

They’ll be a few more recipes with Orzo in the coming weeks…

But we will start with this soup that was absolutely delicious when I was under the weather yesterday…

Just what the doctor ordered!


  • Preparing the chicken and the stock:
  • 4 Chicken Breasts
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup Mojo Marinade--found in the ethnic isle of your grocery store
  • 1 TBSP Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1 TBSP Cumin
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Cover and cook on low for 8 hours.
  • Shred the chicken in the broth.
  • Prepare the 1 cup of Orzo per package directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Additional soup ingredients:
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 TBSP butter
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  • 1 can Rotel with Lime and Cilantro--or just regular Rotel if that's your preference
  • 1 small can green chilies
  • 2 cups chopped baby Kale
  • 1 tsp Mexican Chili Powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin
  • 1 tsp Morton's Natures Seasoning


Step 1

Place the chicken breasts in your crock pot.

Step 2

Pour the liquid over the chicken and add the spices.

Step 3

Cook on low for 8 hours. Shred the chicken in the broth and set aside.

Step 4

In a large stock pot, saute' the chipped onion with the 2 TBSP butter until translucent.

Step 5

Add the chicken and broth from the crock pot along with the additional 32 oz chicken broth.

Step 6

Pour in the chilies and the Rotel.

Step 7

Add the kale , the orzo, and the additional spices.

Step 8

Simmer on low for 1 hour.

The cast of ingredients…


I added these along with the chicken breasts in the crock pot…


After cooking on low for 8 hours, you’re left with this yummy broth…


and this very flavorful chicken…


This is my new pot that we’re breaking in on this recipe…

I’m trying to decide on a new set…and I’m loving it!


Saute’ the chopped onion in the butter…


Until it’s translucent like this…


Add the broth from the crock pot along with the additional 32 oz chicken broth…


Add the Rotel…


and the green chilies…


the shredded chicken…


Man!  It already looks delicious!


Add a cup of the cooked orzo…


and about 2 cups of the kale…next time I will chop mine smaller…just an FYI…


Now it looks delicious AND healthy!


Add an additional 1 tsp Morton’s Natures Seasons…


and additional tsp Mexican chili powder…


and an additional tsp cumin…


After simmering on low about an hour…

It is ready to serve!


It was truly scrumptious!


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