One-Pan Chicken & Orzo Skillet Dinner - Carolina Country

One-Pan Chicken & Orzo Skillet Dinner

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One-Pan Chicken & Orzo Skillet Dinner


  • 2 medium boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 pouches Swanson Flavor Boost (or 2 cups very rich chicken stock; omit water if using stock)
  • 2 tablespoons dehydrated onion
  • 2 strips crisp bacon, diced (optional)
  • 2 cups broccoli florets
Seasoned flour:
  • ½ cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic pepper
  • Pinch curry powder


  1. With a mallet, pound chicken breast to about ½-inch thickness between 2 sheets of waxed paper.

  2. Mix seasoned flour ingredients and dredge each chicken breast with the seasoned flour mixture.

  3. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Brown chicken breasts well on each side – don’t worry if the butter becomes brown, it’s part of the flavoring process.

  4. Remove chicken and in the same pan, add the uncooked orzo and brown in the remaining butter in the pan. Add the 2 cups of water, the Flavor Boost, and dehydrated onion; stir.

  5. Place browned chicken breast on top of orzo mixture; cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 15 minutes, then add the diced bacon and broccoli florets.

  6. Cover and continue simmering for 10 to 15 minutes or until water is almost absorbed and broccoli is cooked to crisp-tender (do not overcook).

Recipe courtesy of

“The Cupboard to Table Cookbook” by Judy Hannemann

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