Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Garlic Chicken Orzo

I have a new favorite ingredient for my recipes: orzo! Don't know what it is? It's like pasta and rice, mixed into one little grain of happiness. Okay, that's a little dramatic. But seriously, orzo is so easy to cook with, and it gives such a good texture and flavor to our dinner. So naturally when we found this garlic chicken orzo we had to try it, and I'm telling you now - it was delicious! I'm not even ashamed to admit that we polished off the entire pan... just the two of us.
Garlic Chicken Orzo
Garlic Chicken Orzo
PREP: 15 minutes           COOK: 15 minutes            READY IN: 30 minutes

  SIMPLE         HEALTHY      YUM
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  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tablespoon parsley
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • Grated parmesan (for topping)
  • Salt and pepper (for topping)


  1. Cook orzo in large pot for 8 to 10 minutes, or until al dente. Drain.
  2. Pour olive oil in medium-high heat skillet. Add garlic and red pepper and cook for 1 minute, or until garlic is golden brown.
  3. Add chicken to skillet. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked.
  4. Reduce heat to medium, and add parsley and cooked orzo to chicken mixture. Then add spinach. 
  5. Cook for 5 additional minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Serve with parmesan cheese.


    1 cup serving    462 calories   17.5 g fat   33.2 g carbs    43.7 g protein   

Recipe adapted from Allrecipes.


Anonymous said...

This was a quick and easy dinner made with ingredients I usually have on hand. I did cook the orzo in chicken broth and added 1/2 tsp. oregano for a little more flavor. I will make this again.

Cambria said...

Thanks for the tip about cooking the orzo in broth and adding oregano! Wonderful ideas. We're glad you had success with this!


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