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Cheesy Chicken & Broccoli Orzo

Broccoli and rice casserole tops my family's comfort food list, but when we need something fast, this is the stuff. Chicken and veggie orzo cooked on the stovetop speeds everything up. —Mary Shivers, Ada, Oklahoma
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    6 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 packages (10 ounces each) frozen broccoli with cheese sauce
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1-1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper


  • Cook orzo according to package directions. Meanwhile, heat broccoli with cheese sauce according to package directions.
  • In a large skillet, heat butter over medium heat. Add chicken, onion, salt and pepper; cook and stir 6-8 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink and onion is tender. Drain orzo. Stir orzo and broccoli with cheese sauce into skillet; heat through.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 359 calories, 9g fat (4g saturated fat), 77mg cholesterol, 655mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 3g fiber), 30g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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  • Mary
    Feb 1, 2018

    I was excited to try this recipe. I don't like using the broccoli with the cheese sauce (is that really cheese?), so I made it as per the recipe except I used plain frozen broccoli and added my own cheese. While I liked the idea, and how it all can go in one pot, it was bland. Next time, maybe I'll cook the orzo in chicken broth, or cook the chicken in Italian dressing. It just needs a little bit more flavor.

  • Amber
    Sep 1, 2017

    Quick and easy recipe. My family and I love everything in this dish but unfortunately we weren't impressed with this recipe. Even though I added more seasoning than what was called for in the recipe, it lacked flavor. Might be better with rotisserie chicken, more butter, spices, and maybe heavy cream. Family really didn't like this one, so won't be trying again.

  • RenaGam
    Aug 26, 2017

    Easy and tasty. I used a store bought cooked chicken. It was a little thick so I added some chicken broth. Will make again.

  • TGI
    Jun 14, 2017

    Easy and delicious. Reheated well in microwave with a few drops of water added.

  • Kdorfman
    Feb 13, 2017

    was a good quick meal. added more butter than what it called for