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Lemon Chicken Orzo – The Forked Spoon

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This Lemon Chicken Orzo Recipe is made with simple ingredients like tender shredded chicken, orzo pasta, heavy cream, fresh lemon juice, and tangy feta cheese. It’s the perfect creamy, comforting, and delicious one-pot meal the whole family will love!

Small while plate filled with lemon chicken orzo.

Creamy Lemon Chicken Orzo

This creamy lemon chicken orzo pasta is an easy and delicious one-pan weeknight dinner packed with yummy Greek flavors. It’s similar to risotto, but easier to make, and is made with pre-cooked rotisserie (or leftover) chicken, saving on dishes and cooking time.

You’ll love this chicken and orzo for its bright and flavorful lemony cream sauce with tangy feta cheese and tender shredded chicken.

What is Orzo?

Orzo is a thin, oval, rice-shaped pasta. It is usually made from semolina flour, a type of flour that comes from durum wheat, however, it may also be made from all-purpose or whole wheat flour.

Orzo is not rice, it is pasta, and it is not gluten-free.

Pan filled with creamy cooked orzo made with lemon, cream, shredded chicken, peas, and feta cheese.

How to Make Lemon Chicken Orzo

Start by cooking the onion in a little olive oil and butter over medium-high for about five minutes. Once softened, stir in the minced garlic and the dry orzo pasta. Combine with the onions. Toast the orzo for 2-3 minutes, stirring often.

Add a splash of wine to the pan (optional), then add the chicken broth, lemon juice, and heavy cream.

You’ll want to bring everything to a boil, then immediately reduce the heat to low and simmer gently, stirring often. Orzo sticks to the bottom of the pan, so some stirring is required. Once the orzo is tender, stir in the cooked chicken, parmesan cheese, thawed peas, and crumbled feta cheese. Remove from heat.

Season with additional fresh lemon juice, salt, and black pepper, to taste.

Cooking Tip

For even more lemon flavor, try adding a little lemon zest. A Microplane grater makes zesting lemons super easy. Bottled lemon juice is not recommended.

Pan filled with softened onions and uncooked orzo toasting un butter.

Storage and Leftovers

Like most creamy pasta dishes, this chicken and orzo recipe is best enjoyed immediately. If you do have leftovers, keep them stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or on the stovetop. You will probably need to add a splash of chicken broth as the orzo will have continued to absorb the sauce as it cooled.

Freezing is not recommended.

Orzo, shredded chicken, and peas in a creamy lemon sauce.

How to Serve

This recipe pairs really well with this arugula salad with shaved parmesan or fresh balsamic tomato basil salad. A side of roasted asparagus or roasted zucchini is also really yummy.

More Lemon Chicken Recipes

If you try making this Lemon Chicken Orzo Recipe, please leave me a comment below! I always love to read your thoughts and feedback!

Small while plate filled with lemon chicken orzo.
Small while plate filled with lemon chicken orzo.

Lemon Chicken Orzo