Chicken and Orzo Skillet
Total TimePrep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1/2-inch strips
- 2 teaspoons salt-free garlic seasoning blend
- 1 small onion, chopped
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
- 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 3/4 cup uncooked orzo pasta
- 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
- 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional
- Sprinkle chicken with garlic seasoning blend. In a large cast-iron or other heavy skillet, saute chicken and onion in oil until chicken is no longer pink, 5-6 minutes. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
- Stir in the tomatoes, spinach, broth, orzo, Italian seasoning and, if desired, pepper flakes. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed, 15-20 minutes. If desired, sprinkle with cheese.
Nutrition Facts1-1/4 cups: 339 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 63mg cholesterol, 384mg sodium, 38g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 5g fiber), 32g protein. Diabetic exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 starch, 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.
Jan 16, 2020
Could I use a can of crushed tomatoes in this recipe?
Jun 7, 2017
Family loved this and asked for it to be made again! I used tomatoes with chilis, fresh spinach and added two ears of left over corn.
Aug 9, 2014
I used fresh tomato (needed to use up) and garlic-garlic from pampered chef. The flavor was good but needed a little salt. Came together so fast that it's a great weeknight go to.Will definitely make again.
Jul 15, 2014
I made this last night for dinner as groceries were running low but I happened to have everything this receipe called for, I was very impressed with the simplicity and flavor. Will make again. Only changes was I had to use chicken bouillion 2 per 1cup of water, and fresh spinach. Also stirred it up every 5mins of it simmering so it wouldnt stick to the pan. Like other orzo reciepes do to me if i let it be. Thanks again!
Mar 7, 2013
Simple enough for my husband to make! Tasted good!
Aug 27, 2012
I made this tonight with a few changes because I didn't have everything I needed.After cooking the chicken I deglazed the pan with a little red wine. I used a 10 oz can of Rotell diced tomatoes with green chiles and added a small can of tomato sauce. Used frozen brocolli and it was out of this world. I would make this again.
Jul 31, 2012
I didn't have spinach, so I used green beans instead. It was a well-received meal by my family and easy to put together. I'll make sure I have spinach next time to give it a try.
Mar 2, 2012
Spinach over shadows all. Spinach is my favorite vegetable but this was toooooo much.
Mar 8, 2011
This had great flavor and will definitely be a meal I make again! Next time I think I'll add a can of diced tomatoes, drained to give it a bit more tomato flavor, but that's just my preference. Still a great dish the way it is.
Feb 17, 2011
This was a great, fast recipe! I cut the chicken into bite-size chunks for our smaller eaters but I think the strips would be better. That way you would really get a sense of the chicken and not having it be hidden in the tomatoes, spinach, and orzo. In addition, I had fresh spinach on hand instead of frozen. I used about 3 cups and that was the right amount, I also cut it finely. I only had regular Mrs. Dash instead of the garlic and I think it worked just fine. I did add the Parmesan cheese but think I might try some Feta next time. I'm also debating on adding some fresh mushrooms next time. What I like about this recipe is it allows the cook to make some changes to suit personal preference. All in all, this was fast, tasty, and healthy!