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One-Pan Chicken & Orzo Skillet Dinner

Tasty chicken and pasta skillet dinner cooks in one pan and is ready in 30 minutes!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Chicken, Comfort Foods, Everyday Meals, skillet dinners
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken, orzo
Servings: 2 -4
Calories: 740kcal


  • 2 skinless chicken breasts medium boneless
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 2 pouches Swanson Flavor Boost*
  • 2 tbsp instant onion flakes
  • 2 strips crisp bacon diced (optional)
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 cup orzo


  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • pinch curry powder


  • *You may use 2 cups of very rich chicken stock in place of the Flavor Boost. If you do, omit the water.
  • Pound chicken breast to about 1/2-inch thickness between 2 sheets of waxed paper with a mallet.
  • Mix seasoned flour ingredients and dredge each chicken breast with the flour mixture.
  • In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt the butter. Brown chicken breasts well on each side--don't worry if the butter becomes brown butter--it's part of the flavoring process.
  • 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.
  • Place browned chicken breast on top of orzo mixture. Cover, reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Add the diced bacon and broccoli florets. Cover and continue simmering for 10-15 minutes or until water is almost absorbed and broccoli is cooked to crisp-tender (don't let it overcook).
  • Serves 2 (or 4 with light appetites)


Calories: 740kcal | Carbohydrates: 86g | Protein: 41g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 117mg | Sodium: 1559mg | Potassium: 761mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 410IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 3mg