Lemon Chicken with Orzo Recipe
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Lemon Chicken with Orzo Recipe

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Here's a dish that's light and summery but still filling. My kids love all the veggies...for real! If you like a lot of lemon, stir in an extra splash of lemon juice just before serving. —Shannon Humphrey, Hampton, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 2 cups chopped fresh spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • Lemon wedges, optional

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 399 calories, 11g fat (2g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 807mg sodium, 43g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 9g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1-1/2 fat, 1 vegetable.


  1. In a shallow bowl, mix flour and garlic powder. Cut chicken into 1-1/2-in. pieces; pound each with a meat mallet to 1/4-in. thickness. Sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Dip both sides of chicken in flour mixture to coat lightly; shake off excess.
  2. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add chicken; cook 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden brown and chicken is no longer pink. Remove from pan; keep warm. Wipe skillet clean.
  3. In same pan, bring broth to a boil; stir in orzo. Return to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, 8-10 minutes or until tender. Stir in spinach, tomatoes, lemon juice, basil and remaining salt; remove from heat. Return chicken to pan. If desired, serve with lemon wedges. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Lemon Chicken with Orzo in Light Recipes 2015, p49

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Plewispa User ID: 8615088 265178
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2017

"It was delicious! I'd add cloves of garlic for more flavor."

dylan's mama User ID: 4441033 265172
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2017

"What a delicious recipe! I followed it exactly with the exception that I added more broth because mine seemed too dry. SO GOOD!"

Rmae User ID: 8956155 265121
Reviewed Apr. 24, 2017

"This is a great recipe. I originally saw it in a Taste of Home magazine and

have made it many times since. I follow the recipe exactly. We love it!"

abreendre User ID: 1799143 250620
Reviewed Jul. 19, 2016

"I was surprised at just how tasty this was. My husband asked where I got the recipe [and guessed Taste of home]. A keeper."

HLuvs2Read User ID: 8040184 249919
Reviewed Jun. 29, 2016

"I made this for dinner tonight and my family loved it!! It was absolutely delicious!! :) This meal will definitely be a new favorite in our home."

Cklee1403 User ID: 7760621 249738
Reviewed Jun. 24, 2016

"I really hate it when people rate a recipe that they have completely changed but here I go.I used the basic recipe but changed the orzo to rice and the spinach to broccoli my own personal tastes. This was an easy and light recipe and I enjoyed it. Will most likely make again"

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