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One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo
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14 INGREDIENTS • 8 STEPS • 30MINS

One-Pot Creamy Chicken and Spinach Orzo

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We love a good one-pot meal. When that one-pot meal also has all of the elements of a delicious balanced dinner, we love it even more! That's what this creamy chicken and orzo bring to the table. It’s protein-packed, full of spinach, and surprisingly creamy even without cream, thanks to the starch from the orzo as it cooks and a sprinkle of umami-packed parmesan.
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We love a good one-pot meal. When that one-pot meal also has all of the elements of a delicious balanced dinner, we love it even more! That's what this creamy chicken and orzo bring to the table. It’s protein-packed, full of spinach, and surprisingly creamy even without cream, thanks to the starch from the orzo as it cooks and a sprinkle of umami-packed parmesan.
30MINS
Total Time
$2.48
Cost Per Serving
Ingredients
Servings
4
US / Metric
Olive Oil
2 Tbsp
Olive Oil, divided
Butter
1 Tbsp
Salt
1/4 tsp
Yellow Onion
1
Medium Yellow Onion, diced
Garlic
3 cloves
Garlic, minced
Orzo Pasta
1 cup
Orzo Pasta
Chicken Broth
2 cups
Chicken Broth
Milk
1 cup
Fresh Baby Spinach
2 cups
Fresh Baby Spinach
Grated Parmesan Cheese
1/2 cup
Grated Parmesan Cheese
plus more for garnish
Lemon
1
Lemon, juiced
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
to taste
Crushed Red Pepper Flakes
optional
Nutrition Per Serving
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Calories
435
Fat
17.3 g
Protein
34.9 g
Carbs
36.7 g
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step 1
Cut the Boneless, Skinless Chicken Breast (1 lb) into 1-inch pieces. Season with Salt (1/4 tsp) and Ground Black Pepper (1/4 tsp).
step 2
In a skillet over medium-high heat, add the Olive Oil (1 Tbsp) and Butter (1 Tbsp). Once the butter has melted, add the chicken and cook until no longer pink, 4-5 minutes.
step 3
Turn the heat to high and stir fry the chicken for 2-3 more minutes, until the edges begin to brown and a brown crust is forming on the bottom of the pan. Transfer the chicken to a plate or tray.
step 4
Return heat to medium. Add the remaining Garlic (3 cloves) and the Yellow Onion (1) and Olive Oil (1 Tbsp). Stir fry until onions are beginning to soften, around 8-10 more minutes.
step 5
Add the Orzo Pasta (1 cup). Stir fry until there is no moisture remaining and the orzo begins to stick to the bottom of the pan.
step 6
Add Chicken Broth (2 cups), Milk (1 cup), and chicken, along with any juice that accumulated on the tray. Turn heat to medium and cook for 10 minutes, stirring often, until the orzo is tender.
step 7
Turn off the heat. Stir in the Fresh Baby Spinach (2 cups), Grated Parmesan Cheese (1/2 cup), and Lemon (1). If it still seems too liquidy, cover the pot and wait 2-3 minutes (the orzo will continue to absorb moisture).
step 8
Serve warm with more parmesan cheese on top and a pinch of Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (to taste).
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Lunch
Chicken
Shellfish-Free
Dinner
Fall
One-Pot
Quick & Easy
Pasta
Winter
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