One Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo

Lemon Chicken Orzo pasta is made with some of the freshest flavors of the season, including lemon, asparagus, Parmesan cheese and spinach! Everything cooks in one pot in under 35 minutes.

skillet with creamy orzo pasta and chicken, asparagus and spinach

Easy one pot pasta dinners are the best! This orzo pasta is one of our favorite weeknight meals because everything cooks in one pan, even the orzo. Add fresh lemon, asparagus, spinach and parmesan cheese to create a creamy orzo recipe that everyone loves. You can even adapt this recipe to fit your taste.

a wooden spoon digging into a skillet with creamy orzo pasta with lemon slices on top

How to make lemon chicken orzo pasta

  1. Cook the chicken. Sauté the chicken with a few teaspoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Once chicken is cooked through, remove it from the skillet to a plate.
  2. Cook the orzo and vegetables. Sauté the shallot in the pan with a teaspoon of olive oil. Add the orzo and garlic and sauté for one minute. Add the chicken broth and bring the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, cover, reduce heat and summer for 5 minutes. Add the asparagus and cook for 5 additional minutes.
  3. Stir in the spinach or greens. Add the spinach and cook for one minute or until the spinach is wilted. Remove the lid and cook uncovered until no excess liquid remains.
  4. Stir everything together. Add the cooked chicken back to the skillet with the lemon juice, lemon zest and Parmesan cheese.

Tips for making this creamy orzo

  • Prep and chop the onion and asparagus in advance to save time. You can also pre-cut the chicken. Prepping the ingredients in advance saves even more time on the night you cook this meal.
  • Use a lemon zester to zest fresh lemon. The fresh lemon zest adds the most flavor to this dish. You can adjust and add more or less lemon zest, as desired.
  • We love adding greens to this meal, but you can omit the spinach or use kale. Add more or less greens, as desired.
  • You can use frozen asparagus but you may need to adjust your cook time slightly to add one or two additional minutes onto the cook time after adding the asparagus. We do NOT recommend using frozen spinach because it retains too much water.
  • This dish makes great leftovers. Store the leftovers in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

creamy orzo pasta in a skillet with lemon spices on top

We love the combination of chicken with orzo. Try a few of our other favorite orzo recipes with chicken for dinner like Chicken and Mushroom Orzo or Chicken Parmesan Orzo.

This recipe combines a creamy lemon chicken orzo pasta with asparagus and spinach. It’s packed with nutrients and flavor. It’s a dish that consistently receives rave reviews. We know you’re going to love it. Try it and let us know what you think!

Lemon Chicken Orzo Pasta

Yield: 5 servings
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
 
An easy one pot pasta dish made with chicken, orzo, lemon, asparagus, Parmesan and more!
skillet with creamy orzo pasta and chicken, asparagus and spinach
4.93 from 13 votes

Ingredients

  • 3 teaspoons olive oil divided
  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts cut into bite sized pieces
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/4 cup  chopped onion
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 1/4 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh asparagus cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 to 5 ounces spinach or kale
  • zest and juice from one lemon
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese plus more for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a large non-stick or cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. When the skillet is hot add in the chicken and season with salt and pepper. Sauté until the chicken is thoroughly cooked then remove it from the skillet onto a plate.
  2. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon of olive oil to the skillet then add in the onion. Sauté for one minute or until the onion starts to soften.

  3. Add in the orzo and garlic and sauté for about a minute. Pour in the chicken broth, stir everything together and bring it to a boil.
  4. Once boiling, cover with a lid and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer for approximately 5 minutes and then add the asparagus. Simmer covered for an additional 5 minutes, then add the spinach. Cook for one minute or until spinach is wilted. Remove the lid and if there is any excess liquid remaining continue to cook uncovered for another minute.
  5. Add the cooked chicken back into the skillet and stir in the lemon zest, lemon juice and Parmesan cheese until everything is combined. Garnish with more Parmesan cheese, if desired. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Notes

  • Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 320, Fat: 8.2g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Cholesterol: 64mg, Sodium: 218mg, Carbohydrates: 28g, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 30g

*Nutritional information is an estimate. Please consult a doctor or nutritionist for the most accurate nutritional info.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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35 comments on “One Pot Lemon Chicken Orzo”

  1. 5 stars
    Absolutely delicious!!

  2. 5 stars
    I tried this recipe at my sister’s recommendation and now it will be a permanent part of my rotation.  Can’t beat the great flavor and with just one pot. I had a bag of shredded kale on hand so used that versus spinach. It was a perfect option and added more texture.  If you use kale add it with the asparagus. Can be easily doubled too. 

  3. 5 stars
    This was delicious!!  Even my picky kiddies liked it!  I used banza orzo to make it GF and it turned out perfect.  Any thoughts on how to convert this to an instant pot recipe?

  4. 5 stars
    Hi Ashley!
    I had made a Greek lemon chicken the other night and had leftovers. Thought, hmmmmmm what to do with the leftover chicken! This was perfect!!! Loved it!!! Easy -easy! So fresh and rustic! reminded me of what I would get when in Italy! Glass of wine and it was fabulous!
     Couldn’t get the “stars” to cooperate, but it IS 5 star!

    • Thanks so much for your feedback! I’m so glad you were able to use up your leftover chicken and make a delicious meal.

  5. 4 stars
    It was easy. I added more spices. Like more salt and pepper and red pepper flakes

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