Cheesy Chicken Orzo

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

Open wiiiiiiide! NOM! πŸ˜€


5 from 2 votes
Cheesy Chicken Orzo | | 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
  • 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
  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.
Nutrition Facts
Cheesy Chicken Orzo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 144
% Daily Value*
Fat 16g25%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 73mg24%
Sodium 244mg10%
Potassium 427mg12%
Carbohydrates 29g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 255IU5%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 88mg9%
Iron 0.9mg5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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32 Responses
  1. Margie

    My husband is a foodie and a great cook, I am not. Served this , doubled the cheese , green beans on the side. What a hit…no leftovers.

  2. 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.

  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!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      YAY! I loooove it when my 16-month approves of the food I serve! Yay for Moms! πŸ™‚ I’m so glad you enjoyed this dish!! Thank you!

  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?

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Sandi!
      Yes, you can most definitely add some broccoli to this – great way to add a bit of “healthy” to it! πŸ˜€

  7. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    Sometimes the simple ingredients that are in the fridge make the best meals. This looks scrumptious Kate! And your pics look extra cheesy (no pun)!. The serves 4 but really 2 is very Nigella. And true.

  8. mjskit

    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!

  9. kirsten@FarmFreshFeasts

    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.


  10. Ana Helena Campbell

    You made this dish look so comforting, love to hold that bowl in my hands and have every bit of it. Great photos!

  11. Carol | a cup of mascarpone

    With all the rain and grey skies we’re expecting over the next few days, this recipe will make some darn good comfort food…for one!!! ;} Lovely, Kate!!!

  12. Nami | Just One Cookbook

    Haha! It used to be serve 4 = serve 2, but my gosh, my kids started to eat a lot and sometimes I have to give up my share! This looks so good – love cheesy dish like this!

  13. Kim - Liv Life

    My son would positively adore this recipe… unfortunately his lactose intolerance wouldn’t. Looks like it will have to be my lunch!

    1. Megan Anderson

      Cabot brand cheese makes lactose free cheeses. It doesn’t say it on the front but if you look on the back it says it contains 0g of lactose!

  14. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots)

    Looks incredible and really easy to make! It’s always a joke in my house that I assume I will get half the number of cookies a recipe calls for. I’d rather eat a big cookie or no cookie at all!

  15. Valerie

    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. )

  16. Jean (Lemons & Anchovies)

    Love, love that top shot and of course, the bowl of orzo in it. Yeah, this would be a 2-serving kind of recipe for me, too! πŸ™‚

  17. Patty

    Beautiful bowl of orzo-love the idea of a making a meal out of this -your photos are just mouth wateringly delicious looking πŸ˜‰

  18. Ramona

    Lovely creamy orzo dish. Orzo pasta is a family favorite. It’s hard to photograph (I find)…. but you did it beautifully. πŸ™‚

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Thanks, sweetheart! I find that adding a few flakes of dried basil, and a sprinkle of peppercorns can make food look just a tad bit better. πŸ™‚

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