Baked Chicken and Orzo

Chicken and Orzo are tossed with mushrooms then slowly baked for a flavorful dinner your family will love!

Chicken, orzo and mushrooms slow baked together for a flavorful, simple meal.

I used to run until I got injured.  Ha! I love saying that.  It makes me sound like an athlete.  The reality is I am not an athlete.  In fact, I might be a bit out of shape.  Which is what prompted me to get the 0-5k app on my phone.  I really like the idea of running for fitness.

Baked chicken and orzo with sage and mushrooms.

My first day running with my new app was fabulous.  I had a great stride and my breathing was perfect.  It was absolutely invigorating, I felt like I could run forever!  Which is why I was eager to hop onto the treadmill for day 2!  But day 2 wasn’t as successful.  It started out promising enough, I had a great pace and felt strong.  Halfway through my run, my right calf muscle seized up and all I felt was a crippling pain.  It hurt too much to even walk let alone continue running.

Baked chicken with sage, mushrooms and orzo.

I limped out of the gym feeling so out of shape and quite disappointed that I didn’t get to finish my run.  I walked into my home and collapsed in front of my husband.  I told him my tale of how I injured myself during my run.  Then I told my sister, my friend and then my neighbor; embellishing the tale just a bit each time.  I was either running faster, harder or farther.  It wasn’t long before I started believing my own fib.

Baked chicken with sage, mushrooms and orzo

It’s been a week and I haven’t been running since.  My calf still hurts.  I’ve convinced myself the problem was I had the wrong type of shoes.  So I’m waiting to run until I get myself some new ones.  I wouldn’t want to re-injure myself now would I?  When I do get shoes, I may need to break them in before I run again.  It could be weeks before I’m back at it.  That’s  just the way it is when you are an athlete like me.

I may not be able to run, but I sure can eat!  My favorite kind of pasta orzo, especially when it’s baked.  The pasta gets this perfect crust on the top but remains soft and tender underneath.  The chicken breasts, the broth, the sage and the mushrooms add so much flavor to the plump pasta.  It’s rather irresistible if I do say so myself.  It’s comfort food at it’s best!


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Baked Chicken and Orzo
  • 1 stick butter, divided
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon pepper
  • 1 shallot, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb mushrooms, sliced,
  • 1 tablespoon fresh sage, chopped
  • 1 16 oz package orzo
  • 32 oz chicken broth
  1. Preheat oven to 375. In large skillet, melt 2 tablespoons of butter. Season chicken breast and add to butter in batches adding another 2 tablespoons in between. Brown chicken for 3 minutes, turn and brown the second side for 1 minute. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
  2. In a large stockpot, melt ¼ cup butter. Add shallots and garlic to butter, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add mushrooms and sage. Cook until the mushrooms just begin to soften. Add orzo. Stir and cook until orzo is lightly toasted and fragrant.
  3. Pour orzo into a 13 x 9 baking dish. Top with chicken breast. Pour chicken stock over orzo and chicken. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees and liquid has been absorbed.


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61 Responses

  1. whoa, cute new site design!!
    I love orzo, it’s my favorite pasta. This dish looks like a big winner! :)

  2. Oh I hope you are over your injury soon! New shoes are always a good remedy :) In the meantime, this chicken could cure all ills!

  3. Oh I hope you are over your injury soon! New shoes are always a good remedy :) In the meantime, this chicken could cure all ills!

  4. My family loves chicken and pasta dishes like this—Definitely going to have to try this one! 😀

  5. Tanya, this looks amazing! Wow! Perfectly amazing photos, too – pinned, of course! :) Thank you for sharing this wonderful recipe!

  6. Always love your family friendly recipes, Tanya, and this one looks like it would be another winner with my clan. Gorgeous pics, too!

    • Thank you Anna. This really did please the whole lot-which is sort of rare around here!

  7. This looks like a wonderful dinner! Your pictures are just beautiful too:) Pinned and going on my family’s dinner menu next week!

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  10. I love orzo pasta and chicken and you have married them! This recipe will be going on my menu soon Tanya! Pinned! Stunning pictures also.

  11. I’ve tried to be a “runner”. I want to like running. I lost weight running (well, more like jogging) but the reality is…running sucks. At least for me! Thankfully I’ve found some other things I really enjoy at the gym (like kickboxing!) I also want to like spin. Not.Happening. Hope your injury heals soon!

  12. I damaged a tendon in my foot while running track in middle school, so I was banned for life from running, playing tennis, etc…..Oh darn! 😉 You are definitely a pro when it comes to cooking Tanya, this looks absolutely amazing!! I love the new site, especially the circle photos. :)

  13. Tanya, your pictures have gotten more and more stunning lately and this one is no exception. Love the pictures and this dish! I am totally a mushroom person. Putting this on the menu for next week! YUM!

    • You are so sweet Krista, thank you for saying so. I love mushrooms too! The kids were not a big fan, so I got to eat all their discards!

  14. I made the Orzo chicken last night.. we really enjoyed it..thanks!

    • Oh I am so glad to hear that Teresa! Thank you for sharing!

  15. Thank you for sharing. You dont find a lot of orzo recipes and I love to use it. This looks delicious.

  16. Hope you are feeling better dear! Go shopping that always makes it better :) Or just shove your fave in amazing food like this!

    • Thank you Kelly-it is a family favorite!

  17. How easy! I love orzo too. I have never baked it though. Goes perfect with mushrooms! I am bookmarking this to make soon! Thanks so much :)

    • This is easy and so good! It’ll become a favorite!

  18. Wendy

    Hi, I was wondering if you cover the dish while you’re baking it? Thanks

  19. Mollie

    love love love this dish! made it last night with a dash of lemon and OH hello deliciousness! thanks for posting and i LOVE that gray baker… what is it?

    • Lemon is a wonderful addition! I’m so happy you enjoyed this recipe! It is truly one of my favorites. Thank you for taking the time to make the recipe and then leaving this comment! As for the pan, my mom bought it. She bought it for me to make homemade spanakopita. I have yet to use it for that purpose!

  20. April

    Made this tonight and it was a HUGE hit with the family! I did it all in the same pot- browned the chicken in a dutch oven/Le Crueset, took it out and cooked the veg and orzo, added back the chicken and broth and put the whole thing in the oven. Worked great and fewer dishes! Will be making this again and again! Thanks- never would have thought of this method myself

    • I am thrilled to hear this April! It is so easy and yes, very few pans are needed! You managed to use one less, ha! Thank you so much for trying the recipe!

  21. Chai

    did you cover it when you put it in the oven? thanks!

    • No, you do not need to cover it, but you will want to give it a stir periodically so the orzo does’t stick.

  22. Brecca

    Do you use chicken broth or chicken stock?

  23. Beverley (Somethingaboutcupcakes)

    Hi Tanya , I made this last night for my son coming home from University and we all love it. I didn’t have orzo so I used wild rice and it was so delicious. Thank you xoxo

    • Oh Beverly, I’m so happy to hear this recipe was a success for you and that you enjoyed it. It is truly a staple in our house!

  24. Maegan+@thebakermama

    What a fabulous dish! We love orzo and this just looks so simple yet so delicious! Wishing you a quick recovery!

  25. Haha!!! Well at least you can eat! I would LOVE to eat a big plate of this delicious looking meal…..perfect for feeding to the family OR company! It’s so pretty!

  26. Stephanie

    Hi, I’m excited to make this tonight, but I just noticed that in the ingredients you say chicken broth and in the directions you say chicken stock. Which one do you use? Thank you!

  27. Sergio

    Any ideas for converting this for a slow cooker? I don’t have an oven at the moment. Cooking time/level or recipe changes? Thanks!

    • I would halve the recipe for starters. Be sure to brown your chicken really well before placing it in the low cooker. I wouldn’t cook the orzo in the crockpot longer than 60 minutes and be sure to check after 30 to see if the liquid has been absorbed.

  28. Ashley

    Would this be able to be frozen to reheat later?

    • Unfortunately this is not a good dish for freezing, the pasta will not hold up very well when you go to reheat it. Sorry!

  29. Kathy

    This looks really delicious and easy to make. I have aborio rice on hand and will make it with that and turn the dish into a chicken risotto dish!

  30. Jules

    So I have this in the oven RIGHT now! I can’t wait to serve it to my family. I have been meaning to make this for a long time :)

  31. Jennifer Rosenberg

    The orzo is so delicious….the chicken not so much. What am I doing wrong?

  32. Heather

    I had the same problem… the orzo was yummy but I found the chicken to be very dry — perhaps I overcooked it in the pan to start. I might try it in the crockpot next time so the chicken is a little more moist.

  33. Linda Hale

    Is this dish COVERED or UNCOVERED during baking? I truly see the value of your ingredients, and I want to make it for us and a sick friend, but I need to know:

    COVERED or UNCOVERED while baking?


    • I always bake it uncovered so that I can watch and stir as it bakes.


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