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chicken mushroom orzo
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Chicken Mushroom Orzo

This one-pot Chicken Mushroom Orzo recipe may look elaborate, but it comes together in no time using a short list of healthy ingredients. It’s a flavorful and hearty family dinner that’s naturally gluten free!
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Chicken Mushroom Orzo, Chicken Orzo, Gluten-Free Orzo
Servings: 4 people
Author: Silvia Dunnirvine


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 tbsp olive oil divided
  • 2 oz pancetta
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 cup cremini or shiitake mushrooms sliced
  • 8 oz sweet pimento or preserved peppers
  • 1 cup gluten-free orzo
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups kale
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp oregano
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk or cream (optional)
  • 1/2 lemon juice
  • fresh cilantro


  • Season chicken with salt, pepper and oregano. Set aside
  • Heat 1 tbsp oil in a large cast iron skillet then add in pancetta. Sauté for 1-2 minutes then push it aside.
  • Add chicken skin side down and cook for 5-7 minutes on each side. If your chicken is thin cook for 4-6 minutes each side. Transfer to a plate along with toasted pancetta.
  • To the skillet add remaining 1 tbsp oil along with onion, garlic and mushrooms. Sauté, stirring often until vegetables are soften. Add in sweet pimento and sauté for another couple minutes.
  • Next add in orzo and broth, give it a good stir. Nestle in the chicken, lower the heat, cover and simmer for 12-15 minutes or until orzo is cooked through.
  • When orzo is cooked, once again removed the chicken from skillet. Add kale and a splash of lemon juice. If you want more of a creamy orzo add coconut milk or cream if not dairy-free. Stir well. Add chicken back into the skillet. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.


Calories: 493kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 34g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 84mg | Sodium: 689mg | Potassium: 971mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 5175IU | Vitamin C: 109mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 3mg