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One Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
30 mins

This quick and easy One-Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo is a quick and easy way to brighten up your menu at any time of year.

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Servings: 6
Calories: 421 kcal
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless thin-sliced chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon salt divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 3 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
  • 2 cups packed roughly chopped fresh baby spinach
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2 lemons, divided
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced fresh basil
  • 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan , divided
  1. In a shallow bowl, mix flour and garlic powder. Pound thicker pieces of chicken to 1/4-inch thickness with the flat side of a meat mallet, if needed. Cut each piece in half (to make smaller serving sizes) and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Dip both sides of chicken in flour mixture to coat lightly and shake off excess.

  2. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over MEDIUM heat. Add half of the chicken and cook 4 to 5 minutes on each side or until golden brown and chicken is fully cooked through. Transfer cooked chicken to a plate and tent with a piece of foil to keep warm. Repeat with remaining oil and chicken. When finished, lightly wipe excess oil from skillet.

  3. Return skillet to the heat and add broth and orzo. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer, covered, 8-10 minutes or until tender. Remove cover and stir in spinach, tomatoes, the juice of one lemon, basil and remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt. Remove the skillet from the heat. Return the cooked chicken to the skillet and sprinkle with about half of the Parmesan.

  4. Cut remaining lemon into wedges. Serve with remaining Parmesan and lemon wedges on the side.

Recipe Notes

I like to use the finest grate on my box grater when grating the Parmesan for an almost powdery consistency like you see in the images in this post. 

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Lemon Chicken with Orzo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 421 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 75mg25%
Sodium 629mg27%
Potassium 775mg22%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 3g13%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 1264IU25%
Vitamin C 27mg33%
Calcium 90mg9%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.