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Lemon Orzo with Chicken and Parmesan

Lemon Orzo with Chicken and Parmesan

This lemon orzo with chicken and parmesan is so easy to make and tastes fantastic! Plus it’s made in just one pot for easy cleanup!

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This lemon orzo with chicken and parmesan is a super easy to make recipe that the whole family will love! It’s made entirely in one pot, so there’s even quick clean up with this recipe.

It’s not a real saucy pasta, so if you prefer a pasta dish with lots of sauce, you would probably like this chicken parmesan casserole more. I love saucy pastas too, but sometimes pasta without a lot of sauce is delicious!

one pot lemon parmesan orzo with chicken and vegetables

This orzo pasta is cooked in chicken broth and flavoured with lemon, garlic, and parmesan cheese. It’s full of flavour and doesn’t need a heavy sauce with it. But then, I tend to prefer orzo without heavy sauces!

lemon pasta with chicken and parmesan

We really loved this lemon orzo with chicken and parmesan. My daughter thought it was the best pasta ever and brought the leftovers to school for lunch for the next few days too.

I loved that it was easy to make, tasted great, and the whole meal was made in one pot!

lemon orzo with chicken and parmesan

How much orzo do you need for one person?

You should plan on about 1/4 cup of dry orzo per person. Orzo will at least double in size when it’s cooked, and for this recipe it is combined with chicken and veggies so this recipe easily feeds 6 people.

We actually had enough left over for 3 lunches too, so depending on how big the eaters are at your house, it may be enough for 8 people.

one pot lemon orzo with chicken and parmesan

What vegetables should I use in this lemon orzo?

This recipe is very customizable, so use whatever veggies you like or happen to have on hand! We really enjoyed this lemon orzo with peas, red peppers, and spinach, but plenty of other vegetables would be delicious here too.

lemon orzo with chicken and parmesan made in one pot

How to make Lemon Orzo with Chicken and Parmesan:

  • This pasta reheats well if you have leftovers. Either reheat it on low power in the microwave, or you can reheat it over low heat on the stove. Adding a little water to the pasta when you reheat it will help keep it from drying out.
  • Depending on your brand of orzo, it may need a different amount of liquid to cook it. I found 2 1/2 cups of chicken broth worked well for me, but if your pasta is not tender and has absorbed all the liquid, add another 1/4-1/2 cup of broth and continue cooking until it is tender.
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Yield: serves 6

Lemon Orzo with Chicken and Parmesan

one pot lemon orzo with chicken and parmesan

This lemon orzo with chicken and parmesan is so easy to make and tastes fantastic! Plus it's made in just one pot for easy cleanup!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon butter, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4” pieces
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cups packed baby spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups dry orzo
  • 2 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme leaves (or 1 teaspoon dried thyme)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice (1 large lemon)
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest (1 large lemon)
  • 1 cup peas (optional)
  • 3/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese


  1. Add 1/2 tablespoon of butter and 1/2 tablespoon of olive oil to a large skillet and heat over medium heat.
  2. Add the chopped chicken to the pan and cook, stirring occasionally, for 3-4 minutes or until the chicken is no longer pink. 
  3. Add the onion, garlic, and red pepper and cook, stirring, for 2-3 minutes until the vegetables are tender.  
  4. Add the baby spinach and continue cooking for 1-2 minutes until it starts to wilt, and the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Remove the chicken and vegetables to a plate.
  6. Add the remaining 1/2 tablespoon of butter and olive oil to the pan, and stir in the dry orzo. Saute the orzo for 30-60 seconds, stirring constantly.
  7. Add the chicken broth, thyme, salt, and pepper, and bring the liquid to a boil over medium heat. 
  8. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to a simmer, and let it simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the orzo is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. 
  9. Add back the chicken and vegetables, along with the lemon juice, lemon zest, and peas, and cook over medium heat for another 1-2 minutes until everything is heated through.
  10. Stir in the parmesan cheese and serve.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:

1/6 recipe

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 402Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 48mgSodium: 790mgCarbohydrates: 52gFiber: 4gSugar: 5gProtein: 27g

Nutrition Information is estimated based on ingredients used and may not be exact.


Wednesday 21st of July 2021

I made this tonight and it was super delicious! We had my two grand daughters here and they loved it too! Quick and easy prep! I'll definitely be making this again and again! Thanks Stacey! Mary Tarcon - Red Deer, AB

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