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chicken and orzo


  • Author: Chefjar
  • Total Time: 45 mins
  • Yield: 4 1x


This One-skillet lemon chicken and orzo is a hearty, full of flavor, quick and easy meal. It will be on your table in under 40 minutes.  Perfect for potlucks and parties as it is budget-friendly and feeds a crowd.


  • Vegetable oil- 4 tbsp.
  • Lemon ( sliced) -1
  • Garlic butter- 2 tbsp.
  • Chicken breasts-700 gm/ 1.5 pound
  • Onion powder- 1 tsp.
  • Garlic powder-1 tsp.
  • Italian seasoning- 1 tsp.
  • Salt - as needed
  • Orzo pasta- 1 cup
  • Garlic cloves ( finely chopped)-4
  • Chicken broth- 2 3/4 cup
  • Black olives (sliced)-2 tbsp.
  • Pecorino Romano/Parmesan cheese- 2 tbsp.
  • Fresh parsley ( finely chopped)-1 tbsp.
  • Juice of 1 lemon.
  • chicken-and-orzo-ingredients


  1. Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet. Sear the lemon slices until golden for 2 minutes on each side over medium high heat. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Season the chicken all over with onion powder, garlic powder, salt and Italian herbs.
  3. In the same skillet melt the garlic butter, add the chicken breast and sear for 16 minutes ( 8 minutes per side) or until golden. Transfer to a plate with lemon slices.
  4. Add the garlic and orzo to the skillet and cook until garlic is fragrant, about 1-2 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken broth and bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally.Reduce the heat and allow to simmer for 15 min or until all of the water is absorbed.
  6. Add Pecorino Romano cheese , black olives, lemon juice and parsley. Mix well.
  7. Return the chicken breasts to the skillet.
  8. chicken-and-lemon-orzo-instructions
  9. Serve immediately.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Chicken breast recipes
  • Cuisine: Italian

Keywords: chicken lemon orzo, chicken recipes