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Southwestern Chicken with Orzo Recipe

Southwestern Chicken with Orzo Recipe

I love this recipe,” writes Tanya Riehle from Cresco, Iowa. “It’s wonderful as a hot meal and also makes for great leftovers. I use it cold the next day in a wrap or hot as dip with corn chips!”
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 3/4 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1/2 cup chopped zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped sweet red pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 cup salsa
  • 1/4 cup ranch salad dressing
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup (8 ounces) sour cream


  • 1. In a large skillet over medium heat, cook the chicken, zucchini, red pepper and onion in oil for 6-8 minutes or until meat is no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile, cook the orzo according to package directions.
  • 2. Stir the beans, corn, salsa, salad dressing, chili powder and garlic into chicken mixture. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Stir in cheese until slightly melted. Remove from the heat; whisk in sour cream until smooth. Drain orzo; serve with chicken mixture. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1-3/4 cups: 760 calories, 28g fat (12g saturated fat), 104mg cholesterol, 609mg sodium, 84g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 8g fiber), 38g protein.

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HopMomof3 User ID: 5803661 167768
Reviewed Apr. 23, 2011

"I was not impressed. The only flavor we could taste was the black beans, and overall it did not look or taste good. I would not make this again."

VictoriaElaine User ID: 3422096 98546
Reviewed Jul. 22, 2010

"I thought it was bland. I was expecting the ranch dressing flavor to come through, and I couldn't taste it."

rhiler User ID: 2066529 81126
Reviewed Mar. 25, 2010

"Absolutely delicious!!! I will definitely be making this again!"

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