Dec 8

Comfort Chicken, Orzo, and Ginger Soup

in Chicken/Poultry, Fuji Favorites, Main Course, Recipes by Type, Soup & Stew

I’m achy and tired and am not sleeping well . . . no, I’m not sick, just pregnant! In a visit to my doc last week she informed me that my belly has grown abnormally large (no wonder I’m so achy and tired)!

Aaaah, the joys of pregnancy. Although it is currently pregnancy that ails me, there are some things that just sound good and soothing to an achy and tired body, no matter the cause. When I’ve got a bad cold one of my favorite things to do is to brew myself a cup of ginger tea. The bit of spiciness seems to burn away some of the ache and clear my head. I also love to eat soup when feeling under the weather (especially my mom’s chicken soup). I was feeling the need for one of these remedies the other day when I found a recipe on 80 Breakfasts for Chicken Soup with Orzo and Ginger and the light bulb went on–I could combine both remedies in one! I slightly modified the recipe by adding garlic and green onions and changing the quantities of some of the other ingredients. I also increased the recipe to make 5-6 servings, rather than 2, so that we would have some leftovers. Thankfully, the soup was exactly what I was hoping for. The broth was rich with flavor and the chicken and orzo pasta gave it that chicken noodle soup effect that I so love. Everyone inhaled their dinner and Mr. Fuji asked me to add the recipe to my “permanent” recipe box.
The leftovers the next day were just as delicious, though the soup was low on broth as the orzo pasta had soaked up a lot of the liquid overnight. I’ll definitely be making this soup again soon.

Chicken, Orzo, and Ginger Soup

Adapted from 80 Breakfasts
5-6 servings

9 c. chicken stock
2 oz. (about 2 Tbsp.) grated ginger (or more if you’re like me!)
1 oz. (about 1 Tbsp.) minced garlic
8 oz. orzo pasta
2 c. shredded cooked chicken
7-8 sprigs of cilantro, chopped
4-6 green onions, thinly sliced

1. Place chicken stock, ginger, and garlic in a pot and bring to a boil.

2. Add orzo and cook as per package directions (10-12 minutes) or until al dente.

3. Add chicken and cook for an additional minute, or until the chicken is warmed through.

4. Take off heat and stir in cilantro and green onions.

Coming Tomorrow: Mr. Fuji in the kitchen

{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Stitchify December 8, 2008 at 10:35 am

Mmmm! Thanks for sharing! I have tried a few of the LFM recipes and they are all great. You are very generous to write them out for us.

And I had been wondering how the bun was doing in the oven. How exciting! But I’m sorry to hear that you’re feeling achy. When are you due?


Sarah December 8, 2008 at 10:48 am

I’m a new reader!

Cute belly pic! The soup looks really good!


Bob December 8, 2008 at 11:08 am

Holy crap girlie, you’re as big as a house! Hey, no hitting! :) Sorry you’re all achy though. One of my sister in laws had a large pregnancy and she wound up having to be bed ridden for 6 months. She was not best pleased.

The soup looks mad good and I’m not really a big soup fan. But this one I think I’m going to try, I love ginger.


Fuji Mama December 8, 2008 at 11:09 am

Stitchify– Thanks! I’m glad you’ve liked them. I always worry that something will turn out for me, but be a fluke, and turn out as total icky disasters for everyone else! I’m due on January 31st, so about 7 and 1/2 weeks to go!

Sarah– Welcome! Thanks! :-)


Fuji Mama December 8, 2008 at 11:12 am

Ok Bob, now you’re in trouble! Ha ha ha, I just wish my “house” was more evenly distributed. As it sits now, it’s ALL out in front (not good for balance). As my doc says, I’ve kind of “torpedoed” out. Your poor SIL!

I’m a huge fan of ginger too. For you, I would recommend increasing the amount of ginger.


Aim December 8, 2008 at 12:44 pm

It looks delicious! Hey-send me your address, I need it to send you a Christmas card. My email is [email protected]. Thanks–Aimee


The Food Librarian December 8, 2008 at 1:06 pm

This soup looks delicious and you look ready to pop! :)


Meet the Dubreuils December 8, 2008 at 4:27 pm

You look radiant! Thanks for all these yummy recipies!


Tamakikat December 8, 2008 at 4:48 pm


This looks like another good recipe:) So simple yet so satisfying.



Tamakikat December 8, 2008 at 4:50 pm

BTW I think No. 2 is enjoying all the good food. Way to go Mum.



K and S December 8, 2008 at 5:37 pm

I hope you can get the rest you need, this soup sounds really comforting!


Fuji Mama December 8, 2008 at 5:45 pm

Aaaaw, you guys are so sweet!

Tamakikat– I do my best to feed the baby well! :-)

K and S– Don’t worry, resting is my top priority these days! :-)


Veronica December 8, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Yum. Looks delicious.

Do you know if you are having a boy or girl yet? I have a guess!


Fuji Mama December 8, 2008 at 6:46 pm

Veronica– I’m having a girl! Were you going to guess a boy? Most people do! I carried my first daughter the same way. My doc says it’s because I have absolutely NO torso, so there’s nowhere for the baby to go but straight out!


gleek December 8, 2008 at 8:24 pm

wow! that is one big bump! but like you said, no place to go but outward :) i’m glad you’re doing ok. get as much rest as you can!


Melissa Hodgen December 8, 2008 at 9:36 pm

I read the title and thought…I’m going to like this.
I think your belly makes you even more beautiful! Like the shirt to. I’m so glad they are making cuter maternity clothes.


Misha December 8, 2008 at 10:14 pm

Your picture is darling, your hair looks great! Were you guys going for a night out? I agree with everyone else, love the shirt. As long as the baby is healthy, we’re willing to sacrifice our bodies, I feel for you! Being achy and tired all the time makes it tough to cook all of your yummy recipes! :-)


Semsavblanc December 9, 2008 at 12:58 am

You look gorgeous, despite being tired and achy and sleep deprived. Not long to go now and you will have a new little Squirrel and I can’t imagine how cute she is going to be. For now she will just have to remain a very interesting, pointy bump out front.


Jackie December 9, 2008 at 8:31 am

I’m a new reader from foodbuzz! Congrats on your pregnancy :) This soup looks delicious — all my favorite ingredients and sounds perfect for a winter night.


Veronica December 9, 2008 at 1:14 pm

hehe yeah, I was going to guess boy because your belly looks pointed and you are carrying low. How exciting either way. :)


laline December 9, 2008 at 3:17 pm

congratulation for your pregnancy !!!
Thank you for sharing the receipes
i love soup i’ll try the chicken soup


Melanie Gray Augustin December 9, 2008 at 11:55 pm

Sorry to hear you’re so achy – I can imagine why now I’ve seen that belly shot! Wowser! Rest up as much as you can.

That soup sounds delish – I might have to point hubby in the direction of that one.


Dana December 10, 2008 at 8:50 am

The soup sounds delish and you are ADORABLE!!


Vanessa December 10, 2008 at 4:11 pm

That soup sounds sooo good. I am going to try it. Plus, not that this will help, but you look great for being that pregnant!!:)


Fuji Mama December 15, 2008 at 3:44 pm

Aaaaw shucks! You guys are all so sweet!


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