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. However, 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.

Chicken Orzo Pasta Step by Step

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup diced carrots and onion
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced, dried
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lb orzo pasta
  • 1 lb chicken breast, cooked and shredded
  • 5 oz spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dill

Preparation

In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and add the carrots and onion.

Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until they have softened.

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

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

Add the orzo and cook for about 5-7 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, stirring often so the orzo doesn’t stick to the pan.

Sprinkle with dill to garnish and serve immediately.

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

Leftovers

Leftover chicken orzo pasta can be stored in sealed containers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To reheat, cook in a saucepan and add water or vegetable oil as needed if it’s too dry.

Recipe

Originally Published On: April 11, 2019

Last Updated On: March 31, 2022

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.
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Course:
Main Dish
Cuisine:
American
Keyword:
chicken
|
orzo
|
pasta
Dietary Needs:
Egg-Free
|
Nut-Free
Meat:
Chicken/Turkey
Cooking Method:
One-Pan Meals
Servings: 6 servings
5 from 5 votes

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cup carrots and onions (peeled, diced)
  • 1 tbsp dried garlic (minced)
  • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 lb orzo pasta
  • 1 lb chicken breast (cooked and shredded)
  • 5 oz spinach leaves
  • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp dill

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Instructions

  • In a large stockpot, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat and add the carrots and onion
  • Cook for about 3-5 minutes, until they have softened
  • Stir in the garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another few minutes, until the garlic is fragrant
  • Pour the vegetable broth into the vegetables and bring to a boil
  • Add the orzo and cook for about 5-7 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, stirring often so the orzo doesn’t stick to the pan
  • Sprinkle with dill to garnish and serve immediately
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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Orzo Pasta with Vegetables
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 459 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 1g
Monounsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 60mg20%
Sodium 1144mg48%
Potassium 675mg19%
Carbohydrates 65g22%
Fiber 4g16%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 4288IU86%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 59mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

All nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutrition content will vary based on brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes, and more.

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

  4. 5 stars
    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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