Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles

Garlic Chicken with Orzo Noodles


"This is a simple recipe with a spicy kick for garlic lovers. It is my combination of a much loved linguine and clam sauce dish and a recent introduction to orzo pasta. I have several variations for this recipe. Add more red pepper for extra spice. Substitute the chicken for clams or shrimp. Substitute the spinach leaves for diced tomatoes. I've also added spices such as basil, rosemary and oregano bringing a distinct Italian flavor to the dish."
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30 m servings 351 cals
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  • Calories:
  • 351 kcal
  • 18%
  • Fat:
  • 10.6 g
  • 16%
  • Carbs:
  • 40.4g
  • 13%
  • Protein:
  • 22.3 g
  • 45%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 38 mg
  • 13%
  • Sodium:
  • 164 mg
  • 7%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  • ** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
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  1. Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add orzo pasta, cook for 8 to 10 minutes, until al dente, and drain.
  2. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat, and cook the garlic and red pepper 1 minute, until garlic is golden brown. Stir in chicken, season with salt, and cook 2 to 5 minutes, until lightly browned and juices run clear. Reduce heat to medium, and mix in the parsley and cooked orzo. Place spinach in the skillet. Continue cooking 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until spinach is wilted. Serve topped with Parmesan cheese.


  1. 587 Ratings

Most helpful positive review

This is a lovely alternative to rice. For those of you who say it is too bland, here is what I do: use a deep skillet and sautee the garlic then add the orzo and chicken broth instead of water. ...

Most helpful critical review

i tried this recipe and it is not bad at all but i think you could kick it up a notch by adding lemon grass.

This is a lovely alternative to rice. For those of you who say it is too bland, here is what I do: use a deep skillet and sautee the garlic then add the orzo and chicken broth instead of water. ...

I am only giving this 4 stars because I had to modify it just a little bit. I brought a small pot of chicken broth to a boil and cooked the orzo in that. I had planned to drain off any extra bro...

I love this recipe because it's fast and delicious. We love strong flavors and the red pepper makes it great. I add at least 1 clove more of garlic, plenty of salt and spice, according to my ta...

The recipe here was overall a great base. I took the suggestion of cooking the orzo in chicken broth and added oregano for my spice. I diced the garlic in order for the flavor to come out more ...

this was great with some changes. chicken broth for orzo. lemon juice and rosemary mixed in in the end.

Yummy! Very easy to make and full of flavor. I did find it a tad oily though, so next time I will only use half the olive oil.

I loved this and will be making it again. I added cayenne as well as onion , yellow pepper and a whole head of garlic. I first browned the orzo in oil then added the rest . I also browned the ch...

I picked 4 stars, but wpuld have been closer to 3.5. It is not bland, but a littel one dimensional. I added pepper. I would add more lemon and a bit of lemon zest next time. I agree that it ...

People ask me to make this all the time! When I don't have fresh basil, ground works fine. Diced tomatoes also taste good with this.