Baked Chicken and Orzo are tossed with mushrooms then slowly baked for a flavorful dinner your family will love!
This baked chicken recipe is one of my favorite recipes! I grew up eating this dish and I’m so excited to be able to share it with you! The recipe is simple to prepare and the ingredient list is short! The prep doesn’t take long, the oven will do most of the work!
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How to Make Baked Chicken and Orzo
This recipe is not complicated but do allow time for baking time. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper and brown them in a large skillet that has been heated to medium heat. I used butter for the browning, but olive oil is fine. The chicken will need about 3-5 minutes per side depending on the thickness of your chicken breasts. You do not want to cook the chicken all the way through, as the oven will take care of most of the cooking. You just want to brown the outside of the chicken.
Baked Chicken With Orzo
I love using orzo! Orzo is rice-shaped pasta that works well in dishes that don’t need pasta to hold sauce. It is good for absorbing liquid it is cooked in, it becomes plump and flavorful. Some of my favorite orzo recipes are Italian Stuffed Peppers, French Onion Skillet Beef Casserole, Easy Cheeseburger Skillet, and this Easy Chicken Soup.
While the chicken is cooking, I heat oil in a small stockpot and add shallots. These cook just until soft then I add in my dried orzo. I season the orzo with salt and dried sage and cook just until the pasta begins to toast, then I pour into a greased 9 x 13-inch baking dish.
Once the chicken has finished browning, I throw some mushrooms into the same skillet and cook them just until softened. Then the mushrooms and the chicken are placed atop the orzo. Pour chicken broth over all the ingredients and place them in the oven. It will seem like a lot of broth, but the orzo WILL soak it all up. The chicken will take about 45 minutes to bake. You’ll want to check on the dish from time to time; give the orzo a stir and check the chicken for a temperature of 165 degrees.
This baked chicken recipe is just what you need when you are trying to gather the family around the table. It is satisfying and simple too!
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4-6 chicken breasts
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon pepper
- 2 teaspoon olive oil, divided
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 16 oz package orzo
- 1 teaspoon dried sage
- 1 16 oz package orzo
- 32 oz chicken broth
- 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 5 minutes, turn and brown the second side for 1-2 minutes. Remove to a plate and keep warm.
- Heat 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil in the same skillet. Add sliced mushrooms and cook until slightly soft.
- Meanwhile, heat a large stockpot, melt 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil. Add shallots and garlic to the oil, stirring constantly for 1 minute. Add orzo. Stir and cook until orzo is lightly toasted and fragrant. Season orzo with sage and salt.
- Pour orzo into a 13 x 9 baking dish. Top with chicken breast and mushrooms. Pour chicken stock over orzo and chicken. Bake for 45-50 minutes or until chicken reaches 165 degrees and liquid has been absorbed, stirring occasionally.
Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 904 Total Fat 17g Saturated Fat 6g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 8g Cholesterol 173mg Sodium 1645mg Carbohydrates 106g Fiber 5g Sugar 6g Protein 76g