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Chicken and orzo with broccoli in a skillet.

Chicken and Broccoli Orzo

This Chicken and Broccoli Orzo is a super quick 20-minute dinner recipe that's creamy, a little bit cheesy, and totally satisfying.
Course Dinner
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 677kcal
Author Tracy


  • 8 ounces (about 1 ⅓ cup) orzo
  • 12 ounces broccoli florets chopped
  • 2 tablespoons (28g) butter
  • 2 cloves garlic chopped or minced
  • ¼ cup heavy cream, half and half, or milk
  • ½ cup (2oz) shredded Parmesan cheese plus more for topping
  • 2 cups warm cooked chicken diced or shredded*
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • Bring a medium pot of lightly salted water to a boil and cook orzo according to package instructions. In the last 3 minutes of cooking time, add broccoli. When timer goes off, use a slotted spoon to remove broccoli and transfer to a plate. Drain the orzo and set aside.
  • In a large skillet, melt butter. Add garlic and cook until golden, 30 seconds to 1 minute. Add drained pasta, cream, and Parmesan cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Stir in chicken and then gently fold in broccoli.
  • Serve, top with more Parmesan cheese if desired, and enjoy!


*If you don't have cooked chicken: chop 2 medium raw chicken breasts (about 1 pound) and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
While your orzo and broccoli cook, spray your skillet with cooking spray or drizzle with olive oil. Cook diced chicken through completely before adding the butter and garlic and continuing with the rest of the recipe.


Calories: 677kcal