This One Pan Creamy Chicken & Orzo is super easy to make and my kids just love it! Tender chicken breasts is served on a bed of creamy orzo that’s been cooked with chicken broth, cream and a little Parmesan cheese. And it’s soo delicious!!
Creamy Chicken and Orzo
2 chicken breasts (if using boneless skinless chicken thighs see notes below)
1/2 onion, diced
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 1/2 cups dry orzo pasta
2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup heavy cream
Heaping 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese
Optional - lemon wedges
Sliced chicken breast in half lengthwise. Place parchment paper or saran wrap over the top and pound evenly. Season both sides well with garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper.
Heat oil in the pan over medium high heat and cook chicken about 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Remove, set aside and wipe pan clean.
Add more oil to the pan and sauté onions and garlic for 3 minutes over medium heat.
Stir in dry orzo.
Stir in chicken broth and heavy cream.
Season with salt and pepper, and bring to a boil. Lower heat to medium low cover and cook for 12 minutes or until orzo is tender.
Remove from heat and stir in parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper to taste.
Place chicken over the orzo and sprinkle with lemon juice if desired.
Substituting chicken thighs
Season 1 1/2 lbs chicken thighs with garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper. Sear chicken about 3-4 minutes per side (does not need to me cooked through at this point) Remove, set aside and wipe pan clean.
Cook orzo, according to the above instructions - after bringing to a boil, place chicken thighs over orzo, lower heat to medium low, cover and cook for 12 minutes until orzo is tender.
Remove from heat and remove chicken. Stir in parmesan cheese and season with salt and pepper. Return chicken back to the pan and squeeze lemon juice over the top if desired.