5 servings (serving size: 1 cup)

How to Make It

Step 1

Steam broccoli, covered, for 2 minutes or until crisp-tender. Rinse broccoli with cold water. Drain; place in a large bowl.

Step 2

Drop the pine nuts and garlic through food chute with food processor on, and process until minced. Add parsley, mint, and cheese; process until finely minced. With the processor on, slowly pour the oil, lemon juice, water, salt, and pepper through food chute, and process until well blended.

Step 3

Add the parsley mixture, orzo, and chicken to broccoli; stir well.

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Ratings & Reviews


July 13, 2016
Have made this a few times.  My teenager is not a fan of mint so I typically use 1 cup of basil and 1/4 cup of parsley in the pesto and it turns out perfectly.  Definitely a family favorite.  But who can only eat 1 cup?

rstarrlemaitre's Review

September 02, 2013
The mint in the pesto is spectacular. - do not leave that part out! Double the pesto mixture if you want a richer dish. This would also be great with sliced Tofurky sausage in place of the chicken (I used Gardein).

VirginiaLaurie's Review

June 04, 2012
Inspired by this recipe, I made the lazy person's version. After boiling the orzo for five minutes, I added the cut-up broccoli for 3-4 minutes, then the cut-up chicken (just to warm it). After draining, I added some Trader Joe's pesto, then some Parmesan, black pepper, and garlic salt. A fast weekday meal that was healthy and tasty, this will be added to my repertoire!

vee823's Review

May 09, 2011

davidslori's Review

June 03, 2009
This is a great fast meal, healthy and filling (unless you have a growing teenage son, he ate two bowlfuls, but just not enough I guess to keep him full). Like another reviewer, I did not use the blender but mixed by hand the pesto ingredients minus the mint with no other additions. This is my first time eating orzo and it tastes great. I loved all of the ingredients in this meal, and the fresh garlic added a wonderful flavor that made this dish pop! I recommend trying this dish, especially over the summer months! It has become a keeper recipe!