Skillet Orzo With Chicken, Spinach and Goat Cheese Recipe

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This one-pot dinner of orzo, chicken, spinach and goat cheese is a weeknight wonder. It makes a simple yet satisfying supper with tangy, creamy goat cheese as the star. Raisins, or the dried fruit of your choice, add a pop of sweetness to balance it all out.

Storage: Refrigerate for up to 4 days.

From staff writer Aaron Hutcherson.

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Servings: 4 (makes about 6 cups)


  • Step 1

    Pat the chicken dry and lightly season with salt and pepper. In a large nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat, heat the olive oil until shimmering. Add the chicken pieces in one layer and cook, without moving, until browned on one side, about 5 minutes. Flip the chicken, add the shallots and cook, stirring occasionally, until the shallots start to soften, about 2 minutes.

  • Step 2

    Add the orzo and garlic and cook, stirring regularly, until fragrant and lightly toasted, 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Step 3

    Add the stock or broth, bring to a simmer, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is almost al dente, about 10 minutes. Fold in the spinach and raisins and continue cooking, stirring occasionally, until the spinach wilts, the raisins soften, the orzo is al dente and most of the stock has been absorbed, 2 to 5 minutes. (Keep in mind the pasta will continue to absorb more stock as it sits.)

  • Step 4

    Remove from the heat and stir in the goat cheese until completely melted. Taste, and season with more salt and/or pepper as desired. Divide among the bowls and serve warm.

  • Substitutions

    In place of goat cheese >> try feta or cheddar.
    Spinach >> any tender greens or peas.
    Orzo >> pearl couscous or ditalini.

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    Nutritional Facts

    Per serving (1 1/2 cups)

    • Calories


    • Fat

      26 g

    • Saturated Fat

      9 g

    • Carbohydrates

      58 g

    • Sodium

      449 mg

    • Cholesterol

      142 mg

    • Protein

      42 g

    • Fiber

      4 g

    • Sugar

      13 g

    This analysis is an estimate based on available ingredients and this preparation. It should not substitute for a dietitian’s or nutritionist’s advice.

    From staff writer Aaron Hutcherson.

    Tested by Aaron Hutcherson and Hattie Ulan.

    Published February 13, 2024

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