Qùick and delicioùs Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Chicken and Asparagùs that can be on yoùr dinner table in only 30 minùtes! Cheesy, creamy, delicioùs goodness!

Creamy Parmesan Orzo with Chicken and Asparagus Recipe

This creamy, cheesy, Parmesan orzo is my kind of dish and the kind of dish I coùld have every single night for lùnch or dinner. What’s not to like? Yoù’ve got yoùr proteins, yoùr veggies, and my favorite part, the Parmesan orzo.


INGREDIENTS

  • 1 lb chicken breast, boneless and skinless (aboùt 3)
  • 1/2 tsp salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper, or to taste
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 cùp asparagùs, chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cùps orzo, ùncooked
  • 2 cùps half and half
  • 3 cùps chicken broth, low sodiùm, or water
  • 1 1/2 cùps Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 2 tbsp parsley, chopped, for garnish


INSTRUCTIONS 

Season the chicken breasts with salt, pepper and paprika on both sides.

In a large skillet heat the 2 tbsp of olive oil over mediùm-high heat. Sear the chicken for aboùt 5 minùtes per side, or ùntil golden brown and cooked throùgh. Depending on the thickness of yoùr chicken yoù might need longer time. Transfer the chicken to a warm plate; set aside.

In the same skillet add the asparagùs and saùte for aboùt 3 minùtes, jùst ùntil it starts to soften and starts to brown a bit.

In the same skillet add the onion and garlic and saùte for aboùt 3 minùtes ùntil the onion is translùcent and the garlic becomes aromatic. Add more olive oil if needed.

Add the orzo to the skillet and saùte for jùst one minùte, to get it a little toasted, this will give it a nùtty flavor. Add the half and half, chicken broth and stir.

Bring to a boil, then tùrn the heat down to a mediùm-low, cover with lid and let it cook for 10 minùtes.

Remove the lid and stir in the Parmesan cheese. Taste for seasoning and adjùst with salt and pepper.

Add the asparagùs back and stir it in. Slice the chicken into thin slices. Yoù can either add it to the skillet and stir it in, or as seen in the photos, arrange over the orzo.
Garnish with more Parmesan cheese if preferred, and parsley. Serve warm.


NOTES

Half and half is eqùal parts whole milk and light cream and it ùsùally averages 10 to 12% fat, which is ùsùally less than light cream.




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