One-Pan Creamy Orzo Recipe With Chicken & Vegetables: A Tasty 30-Minute Meal by Melissa Vickers

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2 years ago

One-Pan Creamy Orzo Recipe With Chicken & Vegetables: A Tasty 30-Minute Meal

Orzo pasta are those little rice-like pasta bits that work perfectly in a creamy dish like this one with all the vegetables and chicken and sauce. This creamy one-pan orzo and chicken recipe is on the table in about 30 minutes.

Use whatever vegetables you like. I opted to simplify this orzo recipe a little and used rotisserie chicken breast meat.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion (I used shallots)
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced
  • 12 ounces rotisserie chicken breast, cut into small bite-sized pieces
  • 1 bag (16 ounces) frozen diced vegetables (I used the carrot, sweet pea, corn and green bean mix)
  • 1 3/4 cups broccoli, chopped into very small pieces
  • 1 cup chopped mushrooms
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups dry orzo pasta
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Heat olive oil in large nonstick pan over high heat. Add onion and stir for 1 to 2 minutes. Add garlic and stir for 30 seconds more. Add chicken and vegetables and cook for 5 minutes or so, until veggies are thawed. Transfer to bowl and cover with foil.
  2. In same pan, melt butter and whisk in the flour. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Gradually add the stock, whisking constantly. Add milk, uncooked orzo and Italian seasoning. Bring mixture to simmer and then lower the heat until it is just barely bubbling. Cook for 7 minutes without a lid, stirring occasionally so the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom. 
  3. When the orzo is almost tender, add the Parmesan cheese. Stir until melted. Put the chicken and vegetables back into the pan. Stir to combine.

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Nonstick Pans $10 & Up
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Elisa Schmitz
Simple and delicious. My favorite kind of recipe, Melissa Vickers ! #yum
Orzo is such a great ingredient it’s like rice and pasta put together.
Thanks for sharing your easy recipes, I enjoy them...

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