Summertime Orzo & Chicken Recipe
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Summertime Orzo & Chicken Recipe

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This easy-as-can-be main dish is likely to become a summer staple at your house. It’s that good! If you prefer, grill the chicken breasts instead of cooking in a skillet. —Fran MacMillan, West Melbourne, Florida
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 medium cucumber, chopped
  • 1 small red onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 cup crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups: 320 calories, 7g fat (2g saturated fat), 65mg cholesterol, 742mg sodium, 32g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 2g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 fat.


  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain.
  2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook and stir chicken over medium heat until no longer pink, 6-8 minutes. Transfer to a large bowl.
  3. Add cucumber, onion, parsley and pasta. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper; toss with chicken mixture. Serve immediately or refrigerate and serve cold. Top with cheese before serving. Yield: 4 servings.
Health Tip: Make this salad heart-healthier: A simple switch to whole wheat orzo will add nearly 3g fiber per serving.
Originally published as Summertime Orzo & Chicken in Taste of Home August/September 2010, p38

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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scubacas User ID: 5298067 227517
Reviewed Jun. 6, 2015

"Liked this a lot...put it on a wrap for lunch. It does make quite a bit so if you're on your own might want to adjust ingredients to make less."

LuluBelly1211 User ID: 6434631 170711
Reviewed Jul. 30, 2012

"Used pepper jack cheese and extra lemon juice. Spun the dressing in the blender and it was delish. Will make this again and again."

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 184027
Reviewed May. 27, 2011

"I had to replace the feta with mozzarella b/c my DH doesn't like Feta so maybe that's why it didn't have much flavor. It definitely needs to be made a day ahead so the flavors can meld."

jmaguin User ID: 870442 183025
Reviewed Oct. 23, 2010

"Wonderful! This recipe has become one of my family staples. Great as leftovers."

Mommaof3DempseyGirls User ID: 5441227 167432
Reviewed Oct. 15, 2010

"I have made this several times, and with different variations, such as using a different pasta, with or without chicken, doubling or tripling the lemon and oil mixture, adding minced or crushed garlic to the mixture, and using sea salt. It was a hit at a recent potluck and everyone asked for the recipe. It is a wonderful recipe and can be fit to appeal to your own tastes. Very versatile and I highly recommend it to anyone needing something different."

lorischlecht User ID: 1226455 116506
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2010

"This was quick to make and even better than I thought it would be. I cooked the onions with the chicken because I don't like raw onions, and left out the feta. I'll definitely make it again."

milosmommy User ID: 3662215 186271
Reviewed Sep. 28, 2010

"I loved this recipe. I am not a fan of cucumbers so I left them out. It was easy to make and cheap! I will make again. My husband didn't love it though. He thought the onions were a bit overpowering."

lalakerfan User ID: 3573509 106427
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2010

"We made this recipe twice already! The flavor is great and refreshing. We even added asparagus to it the second time and that was a wonderful addition too! The guest we had for dinner the first time we made it was sold on the dish. We recommend it to all our friends whom like to cook, but need an easy recipe that is delish!"

Figerre User ID: 3348465 106425
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"We added green grapes, grape or pear tomatoes and used 4-cheese combination instead of feta"

Figerre User ID: 3348465 100827
Reviewed Sep. 8, 2010

"we make this orzo salad every month - delicious for lunch at work!!"

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