One-Pot Chicken and Orzo

One Pot Chicken and Orzo Recipe – super simple to make and ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Chicken tenderloins, garlic and herb seasoning, olive oil, garlic, orzo pasta, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese. The whole family loves it easy weeknight meal!

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This Garlic Parmesan Chicken and Orzo has been on repeat at our house. It is super easy to make and bursting with great flavor! Chicken, garlic, orzo, and parmesan cheese. YUM-O! The best part about this recipe is that it is ready in under 30 minutes! Perfect for a weeknight dinner! I never have any leftovers. Everyone cleans their plates and goes back for seconds. Add this to your menu. It is sure to be a hit!

What is Orzo?

Orzo is s a thin, oval, rice shaped type of pasta. You can find it in the pasta aisle at grocery stores.

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How to Make One Pot Chicken and Orzo

This recipe is super easy to make with only a few simple ingredients. Cut chicken into bite-sized pieces and season with garlic and herb seasoning. Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook until the chicken is golden brown. Add fresh garlic cloves and cook for 30 seconds. Stir in chicken broth and orzo pasta. Bring to a boil. Reduce to medium heat and simmer until the pasta is tender. Stir in fresh parsley and grated parmesan cheese.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • You can use any uncooked chicken you prefer. Chicken breasts, chicken tenderloins, or chicken thighs all work great.
  • I use McCormick’s Salt-Free Garlic and Herb seasoning.
  • What can I add to the dish?
    • baby spinach
    • broccoli
    • artichokes
    • asparagus
    • tomatoes
    • carrots
    • fennel
    • leeks
    • fresh herbs such as basil
  • I make this recipe in a large skillet. You can also make it in a Dutch oven.
  • Add a splash of heavy cream or chicken broth if the orzo is too thick.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Reheat in the microwave.
    • You may need to add some extra liquid to the pasta.
plate of chicken and orzo pasta

What to Serve with Chicken and Orzo

We’ve made this one-pot dish several times over the past few months and absolutely love it! We like to serve this with some asparagus or green beans. It is equally delicious with a green salad and some garlic bread. Give it a try the next time you need a quick and easy meal the whole family will enjoy.

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One-Pot Chicken and Orzo

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
One Pot Chicken and Orzo Recipe – super simple to make and ready to eat in under 30 minutes! Chicken tenderloins, garlic and herb seasoning, olive oil, garlic, orzo pasta, chicken broth, and parmesan cheese. The whole family loves it easy weeknight meal!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Tbsp garlic and herb seasoning
  • 2 -lb raw chicken tenderloins
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
  • cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 Tbsp chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese

Instructions:

  • Season chicken with garlic and herb seasoning. Cut tenderloins into bite-size pieces.
  • Heat oil over medium-high heat in a large skillet or Dutch oven. Add chicken and cook until golden brown. Add garlic cloves and onion. Cook for 30 seconds.
  • Add chicken broth and orzo pasta. Reduce heat and simmer over medium heat for 15 to 18 minutes, until the orzo is tender.
  • Stir in parsley and parmesan cheese. Serve immediately.

Notes:

  • You can use any uncooked chicken you prefer. Chicken breasts, chicken tenderloins, or chicken thighs all work great.
  • I use McCormick’s Salt-Free Garlic and Herb seasoning.
  • What can I add to the dish?
    • baby spinach
    • broccoli
    • artichokes
    • asparagus
    • tomatoes
    • carrots
    • fennel
    • leeks
    • fresh herbs such as basil
  • I make this recipe in a large skillet. You can also make it in a Dutch oven.
  • Add a splash of heavy cream or chicken broth if the orzo is too thick.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator.
    • Reheat in the microwave.
    • You may need to add some extra liquid to the pasta.

Steph

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Comments

  1. This was really good! I forgot to get onion flakes, but other than that I followed the recipe as stated. I added some baby spinach which was a great addition. Next time I think I will also add some mushrooms. Thanks for the recipe!

    1. Yes or you can remove the cooked chicken from the pan and add it back once the orzo is done. Either way is fine.

  2. Just made tonight. Thumbs up from all. Easy to make. My first time using orzo. I would think this is very kid friendly recipe. Another great Plain Chicken recipe.

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