Garlic Chicken with Orzo – A One Skillet Dinner

Garlic Chicken with Orzo is a quick and easy dinner, made all in one skillet, and ready in 30 minutes. Moist chicken is combined with garlic, onion, tomatoes, spinach and orzo to give you a well rounded meal with little cleanup. Believe me, this is one meal everyone will be asking for seconds.

Garlic Chicken with Orzo | 2 Cookin Mamas Garlic Chicken with Orzo is a quick and easy dinner, made all in one skillet, and ready in 30 minutes. Moist chicken is combined with garlic, onion, tomatoes, spinach and orzo to give you a well rounded meal with little cleanup. Believe me, this is one meal everyone will be asking for seconds. #chickenbreasts #dinnerrecipe #chicken #orzo #oneskilletdinner #quickandeasyrecipe #recipe

Days are getting warmer here in South Florida (don’t hate me).  I know, I know, there is snow in most other places, but this meal is not only a comfort food for that wintery weather but also a quick in and out of the kitchen for us already experiencing summer temps.

Garlic Chicken with Orzo dinner | 2 Cookin Mamas

Today was one of those days I had planned to make my Stuffed Chicken with Guacamole but never got around to making it. So with limited time, I had to think of something else to do with all the thawed chicken breasts. I found this easy chicken skillet meal on the AllRecipes site and adapted it to fit our type of meal. I wanted a meal that would not be too heavy on the carbs, give us our servings of vegetables, and add a little spicy kick to the dish.

Garlic Chicken with Orzo prep 1 | 2 Cookin Mamas

I love the simplicity of the dish and, except for the orzo which can be made ahead of time, it only dirties one skillet. Hallelujah!

Garlic Chicken with Orzo prep 2 | 2 Cookin Mamas

Start with browning the onion, garlic and red pepper flakes then add the chicken, tomatoes and parsley. Simmer for 5 minutes.

Garlic Chicken with Orzo adding spinach | 2 Cookin Mamas

Continue to simmer and add spinach until wilted then stir in cooked orzo and Parmesan cheese.

Garlic Chicken with Orzo adding orzo and cheese | 2 Cookin Mamas

Done and done!

Garlic Chicken with Orzo ready to serve | 2 Cookin Mamas

Just look at all that deliciousness in one bite!

Garlic Chicken with Orzo spoonful | 2 Cookin Mamas

Enjoy!

GARLIC CHICKEN with ORZO - A ONE SKILLET DINNER
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Garlic Chicken with Orzo is a quick and easy dinner, made all in one skillet, and ready in 30 minutes. Moist chicken is combined with garlic, onion, tomatoes, spinach and orzo to give you a well rounded meal with little cleanup. 

Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Warren
Ingredients
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped or 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 2 chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 4 large tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/4 cup parsley, chopped
  • 2 cups fresh spinach leaves
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese, grated + additional for garnish
Directions
  1. Cook orzo to al dente stage according to package directions. Drain and reserve. (Cook while preparing remainder of meal)

  2. Heat a large skillet with olive oil over medium-high heat. 
  3. Saute onion for about 5 minutes or until soft & translucent. 
  4. Add garlic and red pepper flakes and cook another 1 minute.
  5. Season chicken with salt & pepper and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. 
  6. Add to skillet and cook about 5 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked through.
  7. Reduce heat to medium and add tomatoes and parsley and cook 5 minutes. 
  8. Add spinach and cook just until wilted, about 1 minute. Add orzo and cheese and cook until cheese is melted.
  9. Add orzo and cheese and cook until cheese is melted (about 1 minute).

  10. Serve with additional Parmesan on the side.
Recipe Notes

Adapted from recipe found on AllRecipes.com

 

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