Easy Lemon Chicken Orzo Recipe

This easy lemon chicken orzo recipe is delicious and hassle free! Tender chicken, creamy orzo and zesty lemon are combined for a quick and satisfying meal.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Recipe

Pasta is one of those pantry staples that most of us have. The most common ones that we stock are usually spaghetti or elbow macaroni, but have you tried orzo?

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If you are unfamiliar with orzo, it is a small rice-shaped pasta. It is a great choice to use when you have small children, because you don’t have to cut it up. I really like using it in soups too.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Recipe

Today’s lemon orzo chicken makes great use of this small pasta. This simple recipe is a perfect example of a one-pot meal, which happens to be my favorite kind of cooking.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Recipe

The fresh lemon juice adds such a wonderfully bright flavor to this dish too. I like it so much that I always serve this meal with extra lemon wedges on the side.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Recipe

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Recipe Details

Prep: 5 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins

Total: 30 mins

Yield: 4-6 servings

Lemon Orzo Chicken Ingredients

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cups orzo
  • 2 tbsp onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup white cooking wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a pan and heat over medium high heat.

2. Season chicken with salt, black and white pepper (or just black pepper), garlic powder, and smoked paprika.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Process

3. Add your seasoned chicken to the pan with the oil.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Process

4. Cook on both sides until browned, and the internal temperature reaches 160 F, about 4-5 min per side.

5. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Process

6. Add in the onions and garlic.

7. Saute for 1.5-2 mins, until fragrant.

8. Pour in the white wine and give everything a bit of a stir. You want to get all of the brown bits off of the  bottom of the pan.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Process

9. Add in the chicken broth and orzo.

10. Stir everything so that the pasta is well coated. Reduce the heat of your pan to medium heat.

11. Stir every 2 min to make sure orzo doesn’t stick.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Process

12. Cook pasta for 7 mins, then add in the cream and parmesan cheese.

13. Stir together and let simmer until orzo is tender (about 5-7 mins).

14. Add the lemon juice and parsley.

15. Stir to incorporate.

Lemon Orzo Chicken Process

16. Return the chicken to the pan, stir and enjoy.

Lemon Orzo Chicken

Alternate Ingredients

While the recipe is amazing as directed, try some of these suggestions to mix it up.

  • Add lemon zest or red pepper flakes.
  • Try using rotisserie chicken, boneless skinless chicken thighs, chicken sausage, or chicken cutlets.
  • Add in more fresh herbs like fresh dill or fresh basil.
  • Include some extra veggies. Try cherry tomatoes, asparagus, or bell peppers.
  • Substitute low-fat milk or skim milk for the cream, though this may affect the final product.
Lemon Orzo Chicken Recipe

Tips and Tricks

  • To get more from this meal, cut up the chicken into chunks to make it go further and stretch your dollars.
  • The best way to determine whether your meat is fully cooked is to use an instant-read meat thermometer. In this case, the internal temperature of the chicken should reach 160 F.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
Lemon Orzo Chicken Recipe

Give this lemon chicken orzo recipe a try the next time you are looking for a quick weeknight dinner. It is one the whole family will love.

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Recipe

Lemon Orzo Chicken Recipe

Lemon Chicken Orzo

Yield: 6
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

This easy lemon chicken orzo recipe is delicious and hassle free! Tender chicken, creamy orzo and zesty lemon are combined for a quick and satisfying meal.

Ingredients

  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 3-4 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp white pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika (optional)
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cups orzo
  • 2 tbsp onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ¼ cup white cooking wine
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan
  • 1 tbsp fresh parsley

Instructions

  1. Add olive oil to a pan and heat over medium high heat.
  2. Season chicken with salt, black and white pepper (or just black pepper), garlic powder, and smoked paprika.
  3. Add your seasoned chicken to the pan with the oil.
  4. Cook on both sides until browned, and the internal temperature reaches 160 F, about 4-5 min per side.
  5. Remove chicken from the pan and set aside.
  6. Add in the onions and garlic.
  7. Saute for 1.5-2 mins, until fragrant.
  8. Pour in the white wine and give everything a bit of a stir. You want to get all of the brown bits off of the  bottom of the pan.
  9. Add in the chicken broth and orzo.
  10. Stir everything so that the pasta is well coated. Reduce the heat of your pan to medium heat.
  11. Stir every 2 min to make sure orzo doesn’t stick.
  12. Cook pasta for 7 mins, then add in the cream and parmesan cheese.
  13. Stir together and let simmer until orzo is tender (about 5-7 mins).
  14. Add the lemon juice and parsley.
  15. Stir to incorporate.
  16. Return the chicken to the pan, stir and enjoy.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 671Total Fat: 44gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 28gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 1217mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 25g

All values are approximate and based on ingredients used by the recipe writer. Always calculate your own individual nutritional values for the most accurate calculation.

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