Randy Mayor
4 servings

Cream is added to the vegetable mixture at the end to create a rich-tasting sauce that is soaked up by the orzo.

How to Make It

Step 1

Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. Melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook 3 minutes on each side or until browned. Remove chicken from pan.

Step 2

Add onions, carrot, ham, and garlic to pan; sauté 4 minutes or until lightly browned. Stir in broth and wine, scraping to loosen browned bits. Return chicken to pan; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes or until chicken is done. Remove chicken from pan with a slotted spoon; keep warm. Add whipping cream; cook, uncovered, over medium heat 8 minutes. Spoon 3/4 cup orzo onto each of 4 plates. Top each with 1 chicken breast half, 1/3 cup sauce, and 1 tablespoon parsley. Garnish with parsley sprigs, if desired.

Ratings & Reviews

Tumbles's Review

September 14, 2014

loriegallagher's Review

January 23, 2013
I thought this dish was awesome! I followed it exactly for the first time & the only thing I might change is the consistency of the sauce. I might simmer it a little longer to thicken it just a bit. I served it with the orzo & simple steamed green beans & my family called it a "keeper!"

Danijane's Review

May 16, 2012
Just ok. Not very flavorful. Maybe it would be better if more spices were added??

Jonnea's Review

May 07, 2012

Caseyj3's Review

December 03, 2011
I have made this many times, sometimes with minor changes (adding celery, using skinless thighs, etc.) and have never been disappointed. It is also great for leftovers.

NanetteJG's Review

July 20, 2011
This recipe is outstanding. I'm not a big fan of orzo, I think it makes everything taste bland, IMO, so I used garlic couscous instead. My friend called and asked if I had a good recipe for chicken, I have a ton, and this is the one I recommended.

marciainMD's Review

April 05, 2010
I love this dish and have served it to guests with rave reviews. I follow the recipe exactly. I like to serve it in a shallow bowl so the orzo can soak up the sauce. It is a little time consuming to make but worth the effort.