Summertime Orzo & Chicken Recipe
- 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
- 1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Meanwhile, in a large skillet coated with cooking spray, cook chicken over medium heat for 6-8 minutes or until no longer pink.
- 2. In a large bowl, combine the cucumber, onion, parsley and chicken. Drain pasta; stir into chicken mixture. In a small bowl, whisk the lemon juice, oil, salt and pepper. Pour over chicken mixture; toss to coat. Serve warm or cold. Just before serving, sprinkle with cheese. Yield: 4 servings.
1-1/4 cups orzo mixture with 1 tablespoon cheese equals 323 calories, 7 g fat (2 g saturated fat), 65 mg cholesterol, 742 mg sodium, 33 g carbohydrate, 2 g fiber, 30 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.
Reviews for Summertime Orzo & Chicken
"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."
"Used pepper jack cheese and extra lemon juice. Spun the dressing in the blender and it was delish. Will make this again and again."
"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."
"Wonderful! This recipe has become one of my family staples. Great as leftovers."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"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!"
"We added green grapes, grape or pear tomatoes and used 4-cheese combination instead of feta"
"we make this orzo salad every month - delicious for lunch at work!!"
"Simple and absolutely delicious. Can't go wrong with this one!"
"Delicious. I also tried it with shrimp and it is just as good. A great summer meal!"
"This was very good. I cooked the chicken in a tablespoon of olive oil...added greek seasoning, garlic and a little sea salt. Came out very flavorful. I will make this one again."
"Perfect combo of tastes and textures! The only change I made was to cook my chicken in 1-2 T. of olive oil instead of using cooking spray. Still tasted great as leftovers the next day."
"Great recipe!! I used chicken I'd grilled the night before so that made it even quicker. The flavors go so well together; I'll be coming back to this recipe over and over."
"I used ziti because I didn't have orzo and dried parsley and grilled the chicken as she suggests with a little greek seasoning. It was really easy and delicious."
"This was so yummy! I made it for dinner last night and had it warm, then had it cold for lunch today. Both ways were good. The flavors go together perfectly, and it is a perfect summer meal, nice and light. I used a rotisserie chicken as well, for convenience, and dried parsley. This is a very easy and quick recipe and I am excited to keep making it over and over."
"I'm a novice at cooking and still made this with no trouble! I hate all things lemon and was nervous about the flavor. It complimented the dish and wasn't overpowering. I will make this again and again!"
"This sounded so wonderful that I made it right away. I doubled the recipe and used the meat from a rotisserie chicken instead of the skinless breasts. A wonderful combination of flavors! You won't regret making this one. Enjoy!"
Light-Bodied White Wine
Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.