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creamy chicken orzo in pan

Creamy Chicken Orzo

Creamy Chicken Orzo is so easy to make for a perfect one pot dinner!  Full of tender orzo pasta, juicy chicken, and plenty of parmesan cheese!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Nichole


  • 1 Pound Chicken Breasts
  • Salt & Pepper To Taste
  • 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
  • 1 Tablespoon Butter
  • ½ Large Onion Diced
  • 3 Garlic Cloves Minced
  • 2 Cups Orzo
  • 2 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Cups Half & Half
  • Juice of ½ Lemon
  • 1 Cup Freshly Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • Fresh Chopped Parsley for serving optional


  • Place the chicken breasts on a large cutting board and cut into bite sized (½-1 inch) pieces, sprinkle with salt & pepper to taste.
  • Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  • Add the cubed chicken and cook for 4-5 minutes just until seared on all sides.
  • Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring constantly for 3 minutes.
  • Add the orzo to the pan and stir constantly for 2 minutes.
  • Pour in the chicken broth and half and half. Bring to a simmer, then reduce the heat to low, cover the pan with a tight fitting lid and cook for 5-7 minutes until orzo is soft.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the lemon juice and parmesan.


NOTE:  You can make this ahead and store in the refrigerator in a sealed container for up to 3 days.  Reheat in a large pan on the stove top over low heat until warmed through, stirring occasionally.