Chicken Orzo Pasta in a brown bowl next to a plate with spinach leaves and a brown towel on a wooden surface (with logo overlay)

Chicken Orzo Pasta with Vegetables

Use broth and orzo pasta as a base for a delicious meal with chicken, spinach, vegetables, and so much flavor. Plus, it reheats well.

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I absolutely love orzo pasta! Unfortunately, I have very few recipes that use orzo, so I am always looking for more. When I came across this recipe from the 100 Days of Real Food website, I knew I had to make it. Although, hers is a soup and I was not in the mood for a soup. So I changed a few things as I made the meal. It quickly became Chicken Orzo Pasta with Vegetables.

A few weeks ago, we had a girls’ weekend. All of the women in my family flew to Texas. There were 7 of us total, and we took a road trip over to San Antonio for a night to visit the River Walk. They all stayed at my house for two of the three nights they were in Texas, and we had some leftovers in the refrigerator.

View of the riverwalk at San Antonio
San Antonio River Walk
Three women standing on a bridge over the San Antonio Riverwalk
My gorgeous cousin Sarah, my beautiful sister Jennifer, and me on the River Walk in San Antonio

One of the leftovers was this chicken orzo pasta meal, and they all raved about it. The leftovers were in the fridge for at least a couple of days before they had it, so it lasts for a while and reheats well.

Step by Step

In a medium saucepan boil the chicken until it is cooked through. Then shred the chicken.

Shredded chicken in a stainless steel bowl

Meanwhile, in a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Chop the onion and carrots and add those to the oil. Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until they have softened.

Chopped onions and carrots in a large stockpot

Stir in the garlic and cook another few minutes, until the garlic is fragrant.

Chopped onion, sliced carrots and minced garlic cooking in oil

Add the red pepper flakes and stir into the vegetables.

Chopped onion, sliced carrots and minced garlic cooking in oil covered with seasonings

Pour the vegetable broth into the vegetables and bring to a boil.

Chopped onion, sliced carrots and minced garlic covered with simmering chicken broth

Add the orzo and cook for about 6-8 minutes, until the pasta is al dente.

Chopped onion, sliced carrots, minced garlic and orzo pasta covered with simmering chicken broth

Stir in the chicken, spinach, heavy cream, lemon juice, and salt.

shredded chicken, spinach leaves, heavy cream, and lemon juice mixed into simmering chicken broth

Lower the heat to medium-low. Simmer until everything is heated through and the spinach has wilted.

Chicken Orzo Pasta simmering to thicken and warm together

Sprinkle with dill to garnish.

Chicken Orzo Pasta sprinkled with dill

Serve warm. Leftovers can be saved and reheated for 3-5 days.

Chicken Orzo Pasta in a brown bowl next to a plate with spinach leaves and a brown towel on a wooden surface (vertical)

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Originally Published On: April 11, 2019

Last Updated On: March 11, 2020

Chicken Orzo Pasta in a brown bowl next to a plate with spinach leaves and a brown towel on a wooden surface

Chicken Orzo Pasta with Vegetables

Use broth and orzo pasta as a base for a delicious meal with chicken, spinach, vegetables, and so much flavor. Plus, it reheats well.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, orzo, pasta
Servings: 4 servings
5 from 2 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 lb chicken breast (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion (minced)
  • 4 carrots (peeled, diced)
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 4 oz spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dill

Instructions

  • In a medium saucepan, boil the chicken until it is cooked through, then shred the chicken
  • Meanwhile, in a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium heat
  • Chop the onion and carrots and add those to the oil
  • Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until they have softened
  • Stir in the garlic and cook another few minutes, until the garlic is fragrant
  • Add the red pepper flakes and stir into the vegetables
  • Pour the vegetable broth into the vegetables and bring to a boil
  • Add the orzo and cook for about 6-8 minutes, until the pasta is al dente
  • Stir in the chicken, spinach, heavy cream, lemon juice, and salt
  • Lower the heat to medium-low and simmer until everything is heated through and the spinach has wilted
  • Sprinkle with dill to garnish
  • Serve warm. Leftovers can be saved and reheated for 3-5 days
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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Orzo Pasta with Vegetables
Amount Per Serving
Calories 404 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 4g20%
Cholesterol 92mg31%
Sodium 1728mg72%
Potassium 896mg26%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 13640IU273%
Vitamin C 16.1mg20%
Calcium 79mg8%
Iron 1.9mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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28 thoughts on “Chicken Orzo Pasta with Vegetables”

  1. Now I am dreaming about the days when I could eat ORZO!! I lovedddddd that pasta! LOVED IT! The texture was just so perfect to me, just like this dish!! 🙂

  2. This looks SO delish! Fun bonus pics of the Riverwalk – I haven’t been there in probably about 2 decades! And I still LOVE your genius paddle-shredding technique for chicken – I remember the first time I tried it, I was floored at how well it worked!

    1. I’ve been to San Antonio twice in a year now, but had never been before that. And yes, the paddle chicken shredding is amazing! It’s so easy and you can do it while the chicken is still steaming hot so you don’t have to wait for it to cool enough to handle!

  3. Wow…this looks super delicious. I love using orzo with chicken. I am definitely going to try this recipe out!

  4. What a great dish! I’d try it for making my lunches in advance, trying to eat less junk when I’m short in time for cooking, so I like meals that can be kept for a couple of dayS!

  5. O my yum! I’m always looking for new chicken recipes. So need to give this one a try. I bet the family would love it

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