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Creamy Chicken Orzo

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Calories: 326
creamy chicken orzo with carrots, celery, onions and garlic  in  a bowl

Just carrots, celery, onions and garlic flavor this soothingly simple, risotto-like creamy chicken orzo recipe. Grab some crusty bread and call dinner DONE.

Simple, Fast, Cozy.

If you have already-cooked chicken handy—either from a store-bought rotisserie chicken or maybe some poached chicken you cooked as part of your weekend meal prep—this one-pot creamy chicken orzo comes together insanely fast. Like, 20 minutes fast. Even if you need to cook some chicken—we recommend a quick poach—our risotto-y chicken and orzo is still relatively quick to make. And it’s oh-so-comforting. Basic veggies, a little garlic and a hint of creaminess make this one-bowl supper comforting and familiar, in the very best way. Cold season is here, friends, but fear not! This cozy, creamy chicken orzo is sure to heal (or at least soothe).

Ingredients for Creamy Chicken Orzo carrots, celery, onions, garlic

What Is Orzo?

If you’re asking yourself “is orzo rice or pasta?” you’re not alone! Orzo does look a lot like rice, but actually orzo is pasta! Just like all of the other classic Italian pasta shapes that we love, it’s made from semolina flour—although you can find some whole wheat varieties on the market now. Our savory, chicken-y creamy orzo treats the pasta a bit like risotto rice, letting it absorb the gently flavored chicken broth over the course of a quick simmer. However, since orzo is a pasta, it’s even more forgiving than risotto—in other words, it’s easier! Yay for that.

carrots, celery, onions in a soup pot
carrots, onion, celery, chicken stock and orzo in a soup pot
shredded chicken, chicken stock, carrots, onion and celery in a soup pot with a wooden spoon
creamy orzo chicken casserole

8 Ingredients Are All It Takes to Make the Best Orzo Ever.

OK, so it’s just eight ingredients if you give us olive oil, salt and pepper, but those are a given, right? You can’t make anything without oil, salt and pepper. Here’s what you’ll need to make this easy, creamy chicken orzo:

  • Onion
  • Celery
  • Carrots
  • Garlic
  • Chicken stock
  • Cooked chicken.
  • Orzo
  • Parsley
creamy orzo chicken in a soup pot

How To Cook Orzo

You may have had orzo in summery pasta salads—in the U.S. that seems to be the prevalent way of preparing it. But in our opinion, you haven’t experiences orzo pasta’s full, flavorful potential until you’ve simmered it in chicken stock until it’s all silky and chicken-y and risotto-like. Here’s how to make the very best orzo ever:

  1. Onions, carrots, celery. Sauté until fragrant and translucent. Add the garlic after a few minutes of sautéing (you don’t want to overcook or brown it.)
  2. Stock! Pour it in and bring it to a boil.
  3. Orzo and chicken! Add them both, and simmer until the orzo is totally cooked through, and most of the stock has been absorbed by the orzo. Serve!
chicken orzo pasta in a soup pot
close up of creamy orzo soup

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creamy Chicken Orzo Soup with carrots and celery in s bowl with a linen

When In Doubt—Chicken Orzo.

In the middle of winter, nothing hits the spot quite like something so wholesome, healthy and cozy as a bowl of this soothing chicken orzo. We hope this easy, creamy orzo recipe hits the spot for you, too. If it does, let us know! Snap a photo of your orzo, and maybe even a video of the beautiful people you share it with. Tag us on Instagram using @themodernproper and #themodernproper. Happy eating!

Creamy Chicken Orzo

  • Serves: 6
  • Prep Time: 15 min
  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Calories: 326

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped about 1 cup
  • 2 ribs celery, chopped, about 1 cup
  • 2 large carrots, peeled, sliced, about 1 cup
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2-3 cups chicken, cooked, shredded
  • 1 lb orzo (1 box)
  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp pepper

Method

  1. Heat the olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add the onion, celery and carrots and cook until the onion is translucent, about 7 minutes.
  3. Add garlic and sauté for 2 minutes longer.
  4. Add the chicken stock and bring to a boil.
  5. Add the cooked, shredded chicken breast along with the orzo.
  6. Reduce the heat to medium. Add the parsley, salt and pepper.
  7. Maintain a simmer for 20 minutes, until the orzo is cooked through, the veggies are tender, and most of the liquid has been absorbed by the orzo.

Nutrition Info

  • Per Serving
  • Amount
  • Calories 326
  • Protein 24 g
  • Carbohydrates 44 g
  • Total Fat 7 g
  • Dietary Fiber 3 g
  • Cholesterol 0 mg
  • sodium 211 mg
  • Total Sugars 8 g

Creamy Chicken Orzo

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  • Melanie Mora

    I cooked accordingly to directions at the end of 20 min of simmer still had a lot of liquid left did not want to over cook Ortho or else it becomes mushy

    Hmm sorry to hear that happened Melanie, we haven't run into that so it's hard to know what went wrong. Maybe the simmer wasn't high enough.

  • Jane Darcy

    Hey what is the liquid in the small container at the picture at the top of the post? It's not in the ingredients list. Is it lemon juice? I can't figure out what you used in there..because the chicken stock is in the Mason jar.

    Hi Jane, it is the olive oil.

  • Liza

    Can you sub farro for the orzo? And I added sauteed mushrooms at the end too and a sprinkle of parmasean cheese.

    Hi Liza, we haven't tried it. Difficult to say if it would turn out the same. The gluten in the orzo is what gives it the "creamy" texture.

  • KM

    Can I use brown rice instead of orzo?

    Hi KM, we haven't tried this substitution but we don't recommend it. The gluten from the orzo it was helps the dish become creamy.

  • Terri Roscoe Desmarais

    How much orzo is one box of orzo? The whole box looks like a awful lot....

    The recipe calls for a 1 pound (16 oz) box.

  • Colleen Perillo

    Thank you for this easy delicious recipe. I made it tonight and family enjoyed it

    Thanks Colleen, so happy you all enjoyed it!

  • Tresa

    This is so good! I've made it twice and both my kids love it! The flavor is very similar to chicken noodle soup, mild, comforting, delicious!

    Thanks Tresa!

  • Amanda

    This is a great comfort food meal. Even my pickiest eater liked it. I cut the orzo and liquid in half, and this still made a a lot.

    Thanks Amanda, we are so glad you all enjoyed it!

  • Kim Hinrichs

    We loved this recipe! I added some Italian seasoning and a splash of lemon juice at the end because I love that flavor profile. I cooked the veggies down more, until they were browning and then I added in the orzo and broth. It turned out great and plenty of leftovers for tonight’s dinner.

    Thanks Kim, we are so glad that you loved it!

  • Orion Adelman

    It was a splendid dish I am thirteen years old and also had bread with it which I like a lot.

    Thank you! We are so glad you loved it!