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Cheesy Chicken Orzo

30 Minute MealsChicken Recipe

Cheesy Chicken Orzo | www.diethood.com | A tasty dish made with chicken, cheddar cheese and orzo | #recipe #dinner #side #chicken #cheese

I know what you want. I know what you are craving. Something cheesy, right? I knew it!!

I need to warn you, though. It’s about this Cheesy Chicken Orzo.

Better yet, I need to tell you the truth! Hope you can handle it.

Wait. Before I go into anything, did you read that title? It says Cheesy + Chicken + Orzo. Um. Those words, together in a title… that’s love, baby. That’s my kinda love.

So. Down at the bottom, in that little recipe box, I am going to write that this tasty, creamy, cheesy deliciousness serves 4. BUT! Come on. Lets be reals.

We know that serves 4 means serves 2. Right? I’m not alone in this. Right?!

Cheesy Chicken Orzo | www.diethood.com | A tasty dish made with chicken, cheddar cheese and orzo | #recipe #dinner #side #chicken #cheese

Who are these infamous “4” that are able to eat so little?! I feel like a cow when a serves-4-recipe served only one – me! ¬†Heeeey, don’t judge! It was a pizza. A Chicago deep dish pizza from Lou Manati’s. How do you stop at a slice?! You don’t! You just go on and on, then undo your pants and keep going. Man, that was a good day…

The point is this:

If you are trying to exercise some type of self-control-low-cal-portion-size-thingamajigger, then you might have to skip this recipe. But, you shouldn’t. You should just go into that kitchen and make it and eat it and love it. This is incredibly tasty, it will make everyone fight for the last bite, and it comes together in minutes… <—- I say that a lot.

Cheesy Chicken Orzo | www.diethood.com | A tasty dish made with chicken, cheddar cheese and orzo | #recipe #dinner #side #chicken #cheese

Open wiiiiiiide! NOM! ūüėÄ

ENJOY!

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Cheesy Chicken Orzo | www.diethood.com | A tasty dish made with chicken, cheddar cheese and orzo | #recipe #dinner #side #chicken #cheese
Cheesy Chicken Orzo
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 
A tasty dish made with chicken, cheddar cheese and orzo.
Servings: 4
Calories: 381 kcal
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 ounces chicken breasts cut into 1-inch cubes
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1/4 cup milk
Instructions
  1. Heat olive oil in a large skillet.
  2. Add chicken pieces to the skillet, season with salt and pepper, and cook over medium heat until done; about 10 to 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Set aside.
  3. Bring a pot of water to boil, and stir in the orzo.
  4. Cook for 5 minutes, or until orzo is tender.
  5. Drain.
  6. Put the orzo back in the pot and stir in the cheese, butter, and 1/4 cup milk; add more milk if needed. Continue to stir until smooth and well combined.
  7. Stir in the cooked chicken.
  8. Taste for salt and pepper.
  9. Serve.
Recipe Notes

WW SmartPoints: 11 

Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken Orzo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 16g 25%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 73mg 24%
Sodium 244mg 10%
Potassium 427mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 29g 10%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 1g
Protein 26g 52%
Vitamin A 5.1%
Vitamin C 1.2%
Calcium 8.8%
Iron 4.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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66 Responses
  1. Dawn

    I made this tonight and my husband loved it! I loved it! It is our new favorite dinner for sure. I made it as written but love how versatile it is. Different cheese some herbs and veggies and whammo! New dinner. Thanks so much for sharing this yummy recipe.

  2. […] over some brown rice and had the rest for lunch the next day mixed with the remaining salsa. Yum! Cheesy Chicken Orzo¬†via Diethood – This was pretty good. It was a simple meal for the most part as well. […]

  3. Jennifer

    Thanks. I used a combination of shredded Parmesan and some chopped Gouda. I served sauteed on the side but combined it with the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. This is mighty cheesy and a big hit with my husband.

  4. Barbara

    This turned out well! My kids both ate it up–rich and creamy. They even ate the chicken, which is quite a feat. Thanks for the recipe!

  5. Rachel

    I made this last night and it came out really good. It was perfect because I had all ingredients on hand and it was done in 20 minutes. My 15 month old went nuts over it. I thought it was a little bland even after I sauteed the chicken in seasoned salt, so I just added a bit more salt at the end and it came out perfect. Thanks!

  6. Sandi

    I cup or two of broccoli florets cooked for a minute or two and the end of the orzo time makes this healthy right? Even if you have to make a little more (twice as much?) sauce…right?

  7. You had me a “Cheesy”! I’ve been craving Mac & Cheese for quite a while, but this looks like a healthier alternative with the satisfaction that I’m looking for. Great recipe!

  8. Kate,
    I just got finished ranting in the other direction–a tiny bag of faro from Trader Joes which, when cooked, was waaaay more food than the “serves 3” the nutrition facts label stated.

    This orzo looks simply yummy.

    Thanks!

  9. How did you know I was craving something cheesy? This looks ah-mazing!

    Yeah, what is up with those serving sizes? My deepest moments of shame lie at the bottoms of empty ice cream pints. (4 servings – right. )

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