Lemon Chicken Soup with Orzo

from Ellie Krieger

4 tsp olive oil
8 oz chicken breast cut into small chunks
pinch of salt
1 med onion diced
2 stalks celery diced
1 med carrot diced
2 tsp fresh thyme or 1/2 tsp dried
6 c. broth
1 c. orzo
2 large eggs
3 T fresh lemon juice
black pepper to taste

Heat 2 tsp oil over med-high heat.  Season the chicken with the salt and add it to the pot and cook until just cooked through.  Transfer the chicken to a dish and set aside.
Add the remaining 2 tsp oil to the pot.  Add the onion, celery, carrot, and thyme and cook over med-high heat until the vegetables are tender.  Add 5 cups of the broth and bring to a boil.  Add the orzo and let simmer until tender, about 8 min.  Turn the heat down to low to keep the soup hot but not boiling.
Warm the remaining 1 c. broth in small saucepan until it is hot but not boiling.  in a med bowl, beat the eggs.  Gradually whisk the lemon juice into the eggs.  Then gradually add the hot broth to the egg-lemon mixture, whisking all the while.  Add the mixture to the soup, stirring well until the soup is thickened.  Do not let the soup come to a boil.  Add the cooked chicken to the soup.  Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Serves 4,  1 1/2 c. serving
280 cal, 10g fat, 26g protein, 22g carb