Weeknight Orzo Dinner

25 mins (prep 5, cooking 20)
12 ingredients
4 servings
This is a simple recipe with a spicy kick for garlic lovers. Orzo cooked in broth doesn't need draining, the flavor gets cooked into the orzo and the starch thickens it into it's own sauce. Pop the spinach in the microwave to thaw and chop chicken while waiting for broth to boil. Drain spinach and chop parsley while chicken is cooking. Easy to get on the table in under 30 minutes. Use feta in place of parmesan, add a few chopped olives & juice of one lemon to give it a Greek flair. We like it heavy on the garlic & red pepper, but can be done to your tastes. First time I made it, I thought I went too heavy and it was rather bland. If you like bolder flavors, start on the higher side of the garlic & red pepper.

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Serving Size (135.11 g)
Servings 4
Amount per Serving
Calories 203.92 Calories from Fat 44.55
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4.95g 30.46%
Saturated Fat 1.27g 25.4%
Trans Fat 0.01g %
Cholesterol 85.74mg 114.32%
Sodium 221.37mg 36.89%
Total Carbohydrate 6.41g 8.55%
Dietary Fiber 0.03 g 0.5%
Sugars 0.24 g %
Protein 31.53g 252.2%
Vitamin A 50.81IU% Vitamin C 0.47mg%
Calcium 126.7mg% Iron 1.19mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
orzo pasta, fat free chicken broth, crushed red pepper flakes, salt & pepper, fresh parsley, frozen spinach