Creamy Chicken Orzo

This Creamy Chicken Orzo is made with simple ingredients and can be on your table in 30 minutes. It’s a meal the whole family will love!

This is a super easy dinner recipe that will please even your picky eaters. If your family is like ours…..they can’t get enough pasta recipes, lol! But what I love most about this recipe is that it is made all in one pot!

Chicken orzo on a white plate with a fork

A 30 Minute Meal!

If you are short on time but need a comforting and wholesome meal this Creamy Chicken Orzo is the dish for you. It only takes a handful of simple ingredients and 30 minutes to make this one-pot wonder.

Why do we love it, other than the fact that it requires easy ingredients and just a little bit of time? Well, you pretty much just throw everything in, stir, and cook. That’s it!

And boom you end up with a cozy meal that the whole family will enjoy. I call that a win!

ingredients for chicken orzo recipe

THE Ingredients

Here is what you’ll need to make this creamy chicken and orzo dinner recipe.

  • CHICKEN: Use boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs. You can also use rotisserie chicken and toss it in when you add the orzo.
  • VEGETABLES: I am using the classics- onion, celery, and carrots. With garlic for added flavor. But you can use whatever vegetables you prefer.
  • ORZO PASTA: I haven’t tested this recipe with anything but orzo pasta so I can’t say for sure how substituting for other pasta or rice will work.
  • CHICKEN BROTH: Use lower sodium to control your sodium levels.
  • PARSLEY
  • SALT AND PEPPER

chicken and orzo have a stock pot

How to Make Creamy Chicken Orzo

CHICKEN: Start by cooking the sliced chicken with the onion, celery, and carrots until the chicken is no longer pink. Be sure to season with salt and pepper while cooking. Stir in the garlic.

PASTA: Stir in the orzo pasta, chicken broth, and parsley. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the pasta is tender. Be sure to stir occasionally so it doesn’t stick to the pan.

And that’s it! We told you it was easy!

Dairy free, but creamy?

How is this dairy-free and creamy, you ask? Well, it’s sort of like risotto….when cooking, the starches from the pasta make a silky and creamy like sauce.

However, if you feel it needs to be a little creamier, add ½ cup of heavy cream or half and half. My family loves it both ways!

Chicken orzo recipe cooking in a pot

Serving and storing

We like to SERVE this pasta dish with salad or bread. Here are a few suggestions:

STORE any leftover chicken orzo in the fridge in an airtight storage container for 3-5 days.

When REHEATING, you may want to add a bit of water or chicken broth to add some moisture and revive the consistency.

Close up of creamy chicken orzo on a white plate

For More Favorite Simple Pasta Dishes, try:

Chicken Orzo Recipe

4.94 from 44 votes
This Creamy Chicken Orzo is made with simple ingredients and can be on your table in 30 minutes. It's a meal the whole family will love!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 261 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large (or 2 small) chicken breasts, thinly sliced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 6 cups chicken broth
  • 1 pound orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons minced parsley

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium to medium low heat.
  • Add chicken, onion, celery, and carrots and cook until chicken is no longer pink. (about 5 minutes) Season with salt and pepper while cooking. Stir in the garlic.
  • Add broth, orzo, and parsley. Reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes or until pasta is al dente. Stir frequently to prevent the pasta from sticking to the bottom of the pan.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe really is the creamiest! My kids love to see this on the dinner menu! So simple to make too!

  2. 5 stars
    Wish I had tried this recipe sooner! It is so good! Very flavorful & cheesy & the chicken makes it more hearty!

  3. 3 stars
    The creamy sauce worked, but was overwhelmed by the enormous amount of orzo. My daughter has an upset stomach from the amount of orzo. Next time will try 1 cup of orzo. We added peas and carrots which did help some. Think more garlic also

  4. 5 stars
    Great recipe. It tastes like chicken noodle soup, but without all the extra broth. My whole family liked it. It wouldn’t hurt to increase the chicken and vegetable amounts, but it was good as is.

  5. 5 stars
    This dish was delicious. I added another chicken breast and sprinkled a little Parmesan cheese on top but otherwise I followed the recipe. Since there are only 2 of us we are planning to freeze leftovers for future tasty meals. Thanks for sharing!

    1. If the recipe didn’t seem creamy enough for you, you can add 1/2 cup of heavy whipping cream or half and half. My family enjoys it with those or without them. Both are yummy!!

  6. 5 stars
    My son and I love this recipe. I sprinkle some shredded Parmesan on top before serving. It’s so easy. My only suggestion is to remove the chicken once it’s cooked and add back to the pot for just a couple of minutes at the end to heat back up. Otherwise the chicken gets over cooked and chewy.

  7. 5 stars
    This is a favorite in our house. I am curious though how yours looks so creamy and is also more of a yellow color than mine ever is? Still delicious but mine looks nothing like yours lol

    1. I’m so glad you love the recipe. Hmmm… I’m not sure why they look different. Perhaps different brands of chicken broth? I’m not quite sure!

  8. Am I missing something? What makes it creamy? And a whole pound of orzo seems like a lot with the ratios of the other ingredients

    1. It’s sort of like risotto…. when cooking, the starches from the pasta make a silky and creamy like sauce. However, if you feel it needs to be a little creamier, add ½ cup of heavy cream or half and half. My family loves it both ways!

  9. 5 stars
    I make this about 2X a month. My teen really likes it. It’s super easy which I love. I will say that it doesn’t ever look ‘creamy’ like the photo and the portion sizes are very small for a main dish if you try to feed 8. Otherwise it’s great. I personally cook the chicken by itself first and remove it to the side until the last few minutes of cooking. Otherwise it gets really chewy and overdone.

  10. 4 stars
    Prepared as written, I think this recipe needs some “oomph.” Next time I will add less water, as 6 cups was way too much and it looked more like thick soup than a creamy “risotto”. I added oregano, and some Parmesan. I also sous vide the chicken & seasoned with some Sriracha seasoning (not the hot sauce). It helped make the chicken more tender.

    1. I actually haven’t tried freezing it. We usually eat through it too quickly. You could give it a try. The texture may change a bit when thawing?? If you freeze, you’ll have to let us know how it defrosts.