Creamy Chicken Orzo

  • This Creamy Chicken Orzo dish is so quick and easy to make. It uses simple everyday ingredients and one pot to make the most comforting dish!

    I love comfort food when the weather starts to cool off! We often enjoy this Slow Cooker Pot Roast and we love these Pork Chops in Mushroom Gravy. And cooler weather always puts me in the mood to bake all the desserts, lol!

    Hands holding a bowl of chicken orzo with a spoon in it.

    This creamy chicken orzo is a bowl of goodness and is my kind of dinner recipe! It checks all the boxes and my whole family loves it.

    Reasons why you will love this comforting dish:

    1. It’s made all in one pot! Yep, no piles of dirty dishes after this meal!
    2. It can be on your table in 30 minutes or less
    3. Doesn’t require any hard to find ingredients but uses pantry and freezer staples instead
    4. It’s a comforting dish that is easy enough for a weeknight meal
    Ingredients prepped in bowls.

    Ingredients:

    As mentioned before there will be no hard to find ingredients here. Just simple food you probably already have in your pantry or freezer.

    Things like chicken breast, chicken broth, fresh veggies, Parmesan, and a little cream to make it extra decadent because who says we can’t be a little fancy on a Wednesday night!

    Four pictures showing the steps to make this comforting dish.

    How to cook this easy orzo dish

    Most people think of orzo being used in soups and light and fresh pasta salads. But making it all in one pot and letting it simmer creates a nice silky, creamy, dreamy, almost risotto like dish.

    1. Cooking the chicken and veggies: I am using chicken breast and slicing it into small bite sized pieces. I like to do this because it cooks so much faster. You can also use boneless skinless chicken thighs instead. I am using the standard carrots, celery, onion, and garlic here but feel free to use whatever you like. Oh, and I threw in some peas at the end!
    2. Add the pasta and broth and simmer until the orzo is al dente. This takes about 15ish minutes. Stir a few times to prevent it from sticking to the bottom of the pan.
    3. Stir in the cream, cheese, peas, and parsley.
    4. Enjoy!
    Finished orzo dish served in a bowl.

    Serving Suggestions:

    While this can certainly be a stand alone meal feel free to add any of the following:

    Top down image of orzo being served in a dark blue bowl and garnished with black pepper and parsley.

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    Creamy Chicken Orzo
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    20 mins
    Total Time
    30 mins
     

    This Creamy Chicken Orzo dish is so quick and easy to make. It uses simple everyday ingredients and one pot to make the most comforting dish!

    Course: Main Dish
    Cuisine: American
    Keyword: 30 minute chicken dinner, chicken orzo
    Servings: 8 one cup servings (about)
    Calories: 386 kcal
    Author: Malinda Linnebur
    Ingredients
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 large boneless skinless chicken breast (cut into bite sized pieces)
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • 2 stalks celery, diced
    • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
    • 2-3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 6 cups (1.4 L) chicken broth/stock
    • 1 pound (454g) orzo
    • ½ cup (120ml) heavy cream
    • ½ cup (60g) grated Parmesan cheese
    • ½ cup (60g) frozen peas
    • 3 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
    Instructions
    1. In a large stock pot heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, carrot, garlic, and chicken. Cook until onion is soft (about 5-7 minutes).

    2. Add the chicken stock and orzo. Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until orzo is al dente. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking.

    3. Add remaining ingredients and stir until cheese is melted and well combined. Enjoy!

    Recipe Notes

    Serving Suggestions:

    Nutrition Facts
    Creamy Chicken Orzo
    Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
    Calories 386 Calories from Fat 90
    % Daily Value*
    Fat 10g15%
    Saturated Fat 4g25%
    Cholesterol 42mg14%
    Sodium 325mg14%
    Potassium 255mg7%
    Carbohydrates 47g16%
    Fiber 5g21%
    Sugar 3g3%
    Protein 25g50%
    Vitamin C 10mg12%
    Calcium 93mg9%
    Iron 3mg17%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the information shown is just an estimate.
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