Easy Lemony Chicken Orzo Recipe

This recipe got rave reviews from everyone in the family – and had them all heading back for seconds {my husband doesn’t have seconds of ANYTHING with vegetables in it!}.

It originally came from Family Circle via Recipe.com – and I tweaked it to suit my needs.

lemony chicken and orzo

What You Need to Make Lemony Chicken Orzo:

  • orzo
  • chicken
  • honey
  • green beans {or asparagus}
  • sour cream
  • chicken broth

It is a simple recipe that can be completed and ready to eat in about 30 minutes!

lemony chicken orzo

How to Make the Lemony Chicken Orzo Recipe

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Lemony Chicken & Orzo
Recipe type: Dinner
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Serves: 4
This chicken casserole is easy to make and can be ready within 30 minutes - with things you probably already have on hand!
  • 1 lb. chicken breasts
  • ½ tsp. each salt & black pepper
  • 1 can {14.5. oz.} chicken broth
  • ⅓ cup lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. honey
  • 2½ TB. low-fat sour cream
  • ¾ cup orzo
  • 8 oz. green beans, cut into 1 -inch pieces
  1. Cut chicken into 1 inch cubes. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  2. Pour broth and lemon juice into a large pot; bring to a boil and add chicken.
  3. Cover and reduce heat to medium.
  4. Cook for 9 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Remove chicken from pot; set aside. Increase heat to high and cook sauce for 5 minutes.
  6. Stir in remaining ¼ tsp. salt and pepper.
  7. Whisk in honey and sour cream.
  8. Add 2 cups water to pot and bring to a boil.
  9. Add orzo and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender and most liquid has been absorbed.
  10. Add green beans to pot for final 4 minutes of cook time.
  11. Stir chicken back into the pot and serve!

10 thoughts on “Easy Lemony Chicken Orzo Recipe

  1. I made this today and I would change two things:
    1. There is a bit too much lemon for me. But if you like it to have a strong lemon flavor, leave it the way it is.
    2. You’ll need more orzo for the amount of liquid. It would have been soup if I hadn’t added more orzo.

  2. Just want to make sure you add the 2 cups of water to the pot that has the broth, lemon juice, sour cream, and honey, boil that, then add th orzo. Thanks!

  3. I agree with others that it is quite a bit lemony. I used 3 lemons to get the 1/3 cup. Would use 1/4 cup next time. Did use 1 cup orzo and it was ok. Would add some more. Had to cook longer than 9-10 min in the end, so my vegis were overcooked. Used broccoli and it was a good substitute, but would add it in the last minute or two.

  4. I just wanna say this was amazing! I loved the lemon flavor. Didn’t have sour cream so used goat cheese and a bit of Parmesan…also added crushed garlic in the beginning boil. Gave a nice salty flavor with the lemon. As it’s days before payday lol I didn’t have enough orzo so mixed in spaghetti. Great flavors! Thanks for the idea

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