Cheesy Orzo and Broccoli

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Cheesy Orzo and Broccoli

Recipe by Julia Pacheco Course: MainCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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  • 3 tbs olive oil, divided

  • 1 lb chicken breast, cut into smaller cubes

  • 1/2 tsp salt, divided

  • 1/4 tsp pepper, divided

  • 1/2 tsp paprika, divided

  • 1/2 tsp onion powder, divided

  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder, divided

  • 1 white onion, diced

  • 1 tbs minced garlic

  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup orzo, uncooked

  • 3 cups fresh broccoli florets

  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese


  • Heat a saute pan over medium heat. Add 2 tbs of the olive oil once hot add the cubed chicken and season with half the amount of all of the seasonings. Cook the chicken though. Once cooked remove the chicken to a separate plate and set to the side.
  • Add 1 tbs of olive oil to the same pan you cooked the chicken in, once hot add the diced onion saute the onion for 3-5 minutes or until it starts to get soft now add the remaining amount of seasonings and minced garlic. Stir for a minute to let the garlic become fragrant.
  • Pour the broth in and scrape any bits off the bottom of the pan. Stir the orzo in bring up to a simmer then cover with a lid let simmer for 2 minutes. Remove the lid and stir the broccoli in place the lid back on the pan and continue to let simmer for 8-10 minutes or until the orzo is tender and the liquid in the pan is absorbed. (If needed to cook your orzo you can add an additional 1/4 cup of water if it becomes too dry)
  • Remove the lid and add the cooked chicken back in the pan, heavy cream and cheese stir well to melt the cheese down. Enjoy!

One Comment

  1. Katie Palmer

    I made this tonight and it was so delicious, my 3 fussy kids devoured it and said “mummy, can we have this tomorrow aswell?”. I’ll be working my way through all your recipes now! ๐Ÿ˜† Thank you Julia!

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