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One Pot Italian Chicken and Orzo
Orzo Pasta bursting with Italian Chicken and vegges bathed in a creamy Parmesan tomato sauce on your table in just over 30 minutes and all made in one pot! 
    Servings Prep Time
    4-6 servings 15minutes
    Cook Time
    17minutes
    Servings Prep Time
    4-6 servings 15minutes
    Cook Time
    17minutes
    ONE POT Italian Chicken and Orzo (and veggies!) in a creamy Parmesan tomato sauce on your table in almost 30 minutes and all made in one pot!
    Ingredients
    • 2 chicken breasts chopped into bite size(approx.1 pound)
    • 1tablespoon olive oil
    • 3tablespoons pesto, divided
    • 1/2 onion, chopped
    • 1cup sliced carrots
    • 1cup zucchini, quartered
    • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
    • 1cup uncooked orzo
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 114.5 oz. can crushed tomatoes
    • 2cups low sodium chicken broth
    • 1teaspoon chicken bouillon, optional*
    • 1/2teaspoon dried oregano
    • 1/4teaspoon salt*
    • 1/4teaspoon pepper
    • 1/4teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1/2cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    Garnish (optional)
    • freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • fresh parsley
    Instructions
    1. Heat olive oil in a large NONSTICK pan over medium high heat until very hot. Toss chicken with 1 tablespoon pesto and add to pan along with onions, carrots and zucchini. Sauté for three minutes then add red bell pepper, orzo and garlic and cook an additional 2 minutes.
    2. Stir in crushed tomatoes, 2 tablespoons pesto, chicken broth, chicken bouillon and seasonings. Bring to a simmer, cover and reduce heat to medium low. Simmer for 8-12 minutes, or until vegetables and orzo are tender, stirring every 5 minutes so the orzo doesn’t burn, covering pot after each stir.
    3. Stir in Parmesan cheese. Taste and season with additional salt and pepper if desired. Garnish with fresh Parmesan and parsley (optional).
    Recipe Notes

    *If you omit the bouillon, then increase salt to 1/2 teaspoon.

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