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chicken and orzo pasta on a white plate with a fork

Chicken Orzo

My One Pot Chicken and Orzo Pasta is a guaranteed family favorite. This one-pot chicken and pasta dish is so comforting and incredibly easy to make in just 35 minutes!
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword chicken and orzo recipes, chicken orzo, chicken orzo recipe
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 620kcal


  • Skillet


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 6 chicken thighs bone-in, skin on
  • 2 stalks celery finely chopped
  • ½ red onion finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 8 ounces bella mushrooms or cremini mushrooms, sliced
  • cups orzo pasta risoni
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 2 ounces dried porcini mushrooms optional
  • ¼ cup boiling water
  • cups chicken stock
  • Parsley to serve


  • Sprinkle both sides of the chicken with salt and pepper. Heat the oil over high heat, then add the chicken thighs, skin side down. Cook for about 5 minutes until the skin is nice and golden, then turn over and cook for another 3 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate and set aside.
    cooking chicken in a black skillet
  • Drain away most of the excess oil, leaving about 1 tablespoon in the pan. Turn the heat down to medium. Add the onion, celery and garlic and saute, stirring often for 2-3 minutes until starting to turn translucent.
    cooking vegetables in a black skillet
  • While cooking the vegetables, in a small bowl, pour the boiling water over the dried porcini. Let it sit for about 2 minutes to soften, before scooping out the mushroom and finely chopping them.
    mushrooms in a clear bowl
  • Strain the porcini stock into the chicken stock to remove any grit. Add the Swiss brown mushrooms and saute for another minute, then add the orzo, and saute for another 2 minutes. (optional)
    orzo and mushrooms in a black skillet
  • Now, add the salt, pepper, chopped porcini, and stock and give the whole lot good stir. Bring it to the boil then add back the chicken, skin side up. Turn the heat down to low, so you just have a very slight simmer. Cover and cook for around 10-12 minutes until the orzo is tender.
    orzo and mushrooms cooking in liquid in a black skillet
  • Scatter over the finely chopped parsley right before serving
    lifting chicken out of pot of orzo


  • You can use chicken breasts or thighs.
  • You can use regular mushrooms instead of dehydrated.
  • It is okay to use dried parsley. Use 1 teaspoon if using dried.


Calories: 620kcal | Carbohydrates: 44g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 31g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 168mg | Sodium: 553mg | Potassium: 958mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 220IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 2.2mg