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One-Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo Pasta

Ready in 30 minutes and made in only one pot, this Italian-style chicken and orzo pasta is total comfort food that anyone can make it's so easy!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 397kcal


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 cup dried orzo pasta
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 small onion finely diced
  • 1 can 15 oz Italian diced tomatoes
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken broth
  • Minced fresh basil for topping


  • With paper towels, rub chicken completely dry. Then, rub chicken breasts all over with italian seasoning, salt and pepper. Set aside for a moment.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Toast orzo in hot, dry skillet until orzo begins to turn golden. Remove orzo from skillet and set aside.
  • In same skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium-high heat until shimmery. Cook chicken in hot oil 2-3 minutes on first side, then flip and cook on opposite side until golden. Remove from skillet and set aside for a moment (chicken will not be entirely cooked-this is ok)
  • Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in pan until shimmery. Saute garlic and onion until just tender. Add diced tomatoes and chicken broth to pan and bring to a boil. Stir in toasted orzo and reduce heat to medium-low. Nestle browned chicken breasts in among the orzo/tomato mixture. Cover pan and let cook at medium-low 15-20 minutes or until orzo is tender and chicken registers 165F. Sprinkle chicken and orzo with plenty of fresh basil and enjoy warm.


Serving: 1chicken breast with 4 oz orzo | Calories: 397kcal | Carbohydrates: 22.5g | Protein: 45.1g | Fat: 14.1g | Saturated Fat: 1.8g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 407mg | Potassium: 415mg | Fiber: 2.5g | Sugar: 4.7g | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 3mg