One-dish-kid-approved Chicken Veggie Orzo

Added Sep 5 2016 to Meals
Serves: Makes 8 cups
The perfect one-dish complete meal for those rushed dinners!
  • One-dish-kid-approved Chicken Veggie Orzo : Laurie Barker Jackman
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 onion
  • 2 chicken breasts (boneless, skinless) cut into bite size pieces
  • 3 Tbsp pesto, divided
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 1 zucchini, quartered
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
  • 1, 19 oz (540 ml) can of stewed tomatoes
  • 2 cups low sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
Nutritional Information
Nutrition Information for 1 cup
6 g
400 mg
21 g
3 g
12 g

1.  In a deep skillet with a lid, sauté the onion in oil.
2.  Add chicken breasts and 1 Tbsp of the pesto, stir until the chicken is almost cooked through.
3.  Add carrots, zucchini, and red pepper, sauté for a few minutes.
4.  Add garlic, pasta, and the remaining 2 Tbsp of pesto, stir for 2 – 3 minutes.
5.  Add tomatoes, broth and Italian seasoning.  Bring to a simmer, cover and turn down to low heat.  Let simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes so the orzo doesn’t stick to the pan.
6.  Stir in Parmesan cheese and serve.


Laurie's Tip

It’s back-to-school time when we are all looking for quick, nutritious, kid-approved meals!  This one pot dish is it!  So simple to put together, and only one pot to clean up on those rushed evenings.  You can swap the veggies for whatever ones your kids love, you could also make this meatless by swapping the chicken for some pulses.  This has become one of my family favorites and I hope it becomes yours too!

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