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Creamy Pesto Chicken, Chicken Dinner, Chicken & Orzo, Orzo, Dinner Recipe, Pesto

Creamy Pesto Chicken & Spinach Orzo Dinner

Easy chicken dinner with TONS of flavor! This dish really comes together because of a super simple creamy pesto sauce that everything gets tossed with at the end. 

Course Chicken Dinner, Dinner, Easy Chicken Dinner, Main Course
Cuisine American, Orzo, Pesto Chicken
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1-1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 cups orzo (uncooked)
  • 2 cups spinach (packed)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 3/4 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1/3 cup pesto
  • 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese

Seasonings

  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

Instructions

  1. Cut chicken breasts into small chunks. Season with salt, pepper, garlic powder and Italian seasoning. 

  2. Heat olive oil in a pan and add the chicken. Toss until chicken is browned and cooked through. Place cooked chicken on a plate and set aside.

  3. In a large pot, boil water and cook orzo according to package (usually you boil it for 9-10 minutes). Once it's done, drain it well and return to pot. Do not rinse the orzo.

  4. Tear up the spinach into small pieces and add it to the pot with the orzo. Toss it together so that the heat from the orzo begins to wilt the spinach. Allow it to sit for a minute, then add in the cooked chicken.

  5. While orzo is cooking, add the cream, pesto, garlic and Parmesan cheese to the same skillet used to cook the chicken. Mix it all together and heat over medium heat. Bring it to a boil and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring constantly. 

  6. Pour the sauce over the chicken and orzo mix in the large pot and toss everything together. Serve immediately and top with additional Parmesan cheese, if desired. 

Recipe Notes

*I use a basil pesto and any brand works! I typically use the Kirkland brand from Costco. It's cheaper than the grocery store brands and it's delicious.