creamy chicken orzo pasta recipe with cranberries

Creamy Chicken Orzo Recipe (video)

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One of my favorite new dinner recipes – creamy chicken orzo pasta with dried cranberries and glazed pecans. This easy chicken recipe will knock your socks off! Everything about this easy and simple orzo recipe is simply incredible! Let’s start with the creamy cheese sauce made with white wine, chicken broth, cream, loads of parmesan cheese and just a touch of lemon juice for freshness. And to add flavor the sauce, I add loads of finely diced mushrooms, shallot and garlic. I also use finely diced chicken thigh to make sure that every bite has a bit of chicken.

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All About Orzo Pasta
Orzo pasta can sometimes be mistaken for rice, but it’s actually a type of Italian pasta! It’s also sometimes called ‘risoni’ and is shaped to resemble grains of barley. It cooks just like any other pasta and is great to use in place of rice in many recipes. Using orzo instead of rice yields a creamier and more flavorful dish in my opinion; pasta is hard to overcook and it doesn’t get mushy and sticky like rice can be. Try using orzo in soups and salads, too!
Easy Chicken Dinner

Chicken and pasta recipes are among my favorites when I need a quick dinner dish! This creamy chicken recipe fits the bill perfectly! You can use either chicken breast or chicken thigh for this recipe – both would work well. And cooking the orzo pasta with chicken broth adds so much incredible chicken flavor! Try using broth for cooking other starches, like rice, buckwheat or other pastas.

creamy chicken orzo recipe with cheese

All Those Toppings!

What takes this creamy chicken orzo recipe to the next level is the topping: sweet and tart dried cranberries and sugar-glazed diced pecans. The flavor combination will be like a sweet and savory symphony for your tastebuds! I absolutely love the flavor combo and I think you will, too! I purchased the pecans already glazed, but you can also make your own. Pistachios, macadamias and almonds will also work well for this recipe.

creamy chicken pasta recipe with orzo and cranberries
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Creamy Chicken Orzo Pasta recipe with video

More Recipes!

Looking for more chicken recipes? I’ve got you covered with tons of delicious recipes! Try this super easy and killer good ‘Chicken Potato Casserole’ 

Or, one of my all-time favorite chicken recipes, ‘Creamy Chicken Mushroom Pasta’

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I love my CuisinArt cast iron braiser for making this orzo recipe.
These dishwasher-safe cutting boards from Epicurean are amazing!
A good knife set like my Wusthof Ikon set is the great investment for any kitchen.
Here’s my favorite Wusthof Ikon santoku knife.

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