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Chicken and Orzo Skillet Recipe

Chicken and Orzo Skillet Recipe

Here’s a great one-skillet supper that’s colorful, healthy, filling and definitely special! Our taste testers loved the blend of spices, the touch of heat and the sophisticated flavor that make this dish a must-try. Kellie Mulleavy - Lambertville, Michigan
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 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


  • 1. Sprinkle chicken with garlic seasoning blend. In a large skillet, saute chicken and onion in oil for 5-6 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer.
  • 2. Stir in the tomatoes, spinach, broth, orzo, Italian seasoning and pepper flakes if desired. Bring to a boil; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until orzo is tender and liquid is absorbed. Garnish with cheese if desired. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-1/4 cups (calculated without Parmesan cheese): 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.

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readerboehm User ID: 6544934 267741
Reviewed 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."

gourmetwanttabe User ID: 6662108 145487
Reviewed 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."

miranda879 User ID: 6525212 173194
Reviewed 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!"

mjlouk User ID: 1712085 127399
Reviewed Mar. 7, 2013

"Simple enough for my husband to make! Tasted good!"

dsfoley User ID: 4825801 116379
Reviewed 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."

voisincook User ID: 3674287 103551
Reviewed 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."

bjsilve0 User ID: 172187 186742
Reviewed Mar. 2, 2012

"Spinach over shadows all. Spinach is my favorite vegetable but this was toooooo much."

BonnBonn User ID: 5669367 108075
Reviewed 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."

FACSteacher User ID: 759865 103530
Reviewed 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!"

lovinbug22 User ID: 4488131 103510
Reviewed Jan. 30, 2011

"This was amazing! I used it with fresh spinach so I had to use a huge pan since I doubled the recipe. After cooking I divided into portion sized and froze, each serving is 6 WW points. YUMM!!"

themrsh User ID: 4847810 173192
Reviewed Nov. 2, 2010

"This is a decent quick to cook meal with easy ingredients. However I felt it was a bit too much spinach (yes we like spinach) and the Orzo was a bit lost in the mix. Next time I will decrease the spinach to maybe 6oz and up the Orzo to a cup and increase the broth accordingly."

cborngrebe User ID: 338556 145486
Reviewed Jul. 14, 2010

"My neice made this dish for dinner while I was visiting. It was delicious!"

fourfoot8 User ID: 1790342 167725
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"I really liked how easy this was to put together. My 15 year old even said she liked that's progress!"

Sarah7180 User ID: 2530696 185039
Reviewed Mar. 10, 2010

"easy to make and delicious! Had to add a bit more chicken broth though. Good flavor - ate with some 9 grain bread! Will be making this again!"

AmberAZ User ID: 4557158 103508
Reviewed Jan. 21, 2010

"This was very flavorful and the whole family enjoyed it. I did not have spinach so I subbed broccoli in its place. I used fire roasted tomatoes and I think that it added something to the flavor."

nicolemeo User ID: 4152032 186740
Reviewed Jan. 8, 2010

"This was delicious! I used a medium sized onion, and used a can of garlic flavored diced tomatoes instead of plain ones. The flavor was great and it was such a colorful dish! Will definitely add to our regular dinner rotation."

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