Community Recipe
from [CKSchirmeier]
Orzo with Chicken, Tomatoes, Basil

Orzo with Chicken, Tomatoes, Basil

This is a great complete meal. It is also simple to reserve some of the tomatoes, the orzo, and the chicken and plate them separately for kids. I sometimes skip the garlic altogether when the meal includes kids. You can also substitute boursin for parmesan, but then you should definitely skip the garlic.

  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup(s) orzo uncooked
  • 2 cup(s) cherry tomatoes halved
  • 1/3 cup(s) basil chopped
  • 1 whole(s) yellow onion chopped
  • 1 pound(s) skinless boneless chicken cut into 1" pieces
  • 1/4 cup(s) parmesan cheese grated
  • 1 whole(s) clove of garlic minced


1. Put on water to boil and cook the orzo according to package instructions. Drain and put to side.

2. Meanwhile, hat a glug of olive oil in a big saute pan to med-high heat. When hot, throw in chicken pieces and sprinkle with kosher salt, pepper. Cook 3-4 mins, depending on how thick your pieces are. When just cooked through, remove from pan and reserve on a plate.

3. Add another glug of oil over medium heat. Add onion and cook until starts to brown around edges. Add garlic and cook for another 1-2 minutes without browning the garlic. Add tomatoes for another 2 minutes, just until soft. Add salt and pepper.

4. On low heat, add the now cooked/drained orzo, the cooked chicken, the basil, at least half the parmesan. Taste for salt, pepper.

Serve with the remaining parmesan.

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