Lemon Chicken Orzo


Lemon Chicken Orzo

Recipe by Julia Pacheco
Course: DinnerCuisine: ItalianDifficulty: Easy


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  • 1 tbs butter

  • 1 tbs olive oil

  • 1/2 white onion, diced

  • 1 tbs minced garlic

  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

  • 1 cup uncooked orzo

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream

  • 1 lemon juiced

  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken

  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese

  • 4 cups fresh spinach


  • To a large skillet or pot over medium heat add the butter and olive oil. Once the butter is melted add in the diced onion and sauté for 3-4 minutes or until the onion is soft.
  • Add in the minced garlic, Italian seasoning and orzo stir well and let cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Add in the chicken broth, heavy whipping cream and lemon juice stir well. Let simmer uncovered for 10 minutes stirring frequently so the orzo doesn’t stick.
  • Once the orzo is tender add in the cooked shredded chicken, parmesan cheese, and spinach stir well and let the spinach wilt down and cheese melt. Serve and enjoy!

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  1. This is absolutely delicious and so easy to make! Definitely a keeper!

  2. I cook this nearly every week… my family absolutely loves it! It’s one of our top meals ever, so hearty and delicious!

  3. Am I able to make this ahead and freeze it?

  4. I LOVED this recipe and hid all the leftovers from my husband because I wanted them all to myself! I want to make this again for dinner tonight but realized I am all out of orzo but have ditalini and penne in the pantry. I wonder how to adjust the recipe to use the pasta I have?

  5. It is wonderful to hear my super picky eaters say they loved it! So easy to make too!

  6. This is so easy and so delicious! My husband wants me to double the recipe so he can have left overs. This is one of our favorite dinners.

  7. Made this for the first time tonight. It was a hit! Will make it again!

  8. This super good! Best yet.

  9. Julia! Look at you on Google feed!
    WOOHOO! I’ll try the lemon chicken orzo, all your recipes are great! Girl you are going places and you deserve it!

  10. Delicious and easy! It makes a lot which we used for lunches the next day.

  11. Gloria Swift

    8/7/22 – I made this last night for dinner! So simple to make and SOOOOOO delicious! My husband and I loved it. This recipe is a keeper! This is also a recipe you could serve to dinner guests with a nice side salad and a roll or bread. Thank you for the recipe!

    I enjoy watching your channel!


  12. This was so yummy!
    I didn’t have orzo at hand so I used macaroni instead and it worked a treat. Also added a cup of frozen peas to up the veggies because I had those laying around in the freezer.
    This will definitely get into rotation for a quick weekly meal in our house 😊

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