Zesty Chicken With Orzo

With this pressure cooker recipe, the chicken and orzo cook together. Zucchini, tomato, and fresh thyme are added at the end to complete the one-pan meal.

Zesty Chicken With Orzo
Servings: 6 Prep 15 mins Cook 20 mins


  • 6 boneless, skinned chicken breast halves (aboout 2 pounds total)
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons lemon-pepper seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 medium-size zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 plum tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme OR: 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme

Make It

1. Be sure to read pressure cooker manufacturers direction before beginning.

2. Sprinkle the chicken breasts with 2 teaspoons of the lemon-pepper seasoning.

3. Melt butter in pressure cooker without top over medium heat. Add the onion; saute for 5 minutes or until the onion has softened. Stir in the orzo to coat with the butter. Pour in the chicken broth, salt and the remaining lemon-pepper seasoning. Layer the chicken breasts on top of the orzo mixture. Increase the heat to medium-high. Place the lid on top of the pressure cooker and lock.

4. Once cooker has reached pressure, lower heat to maintain pressure, and begin timing; cook chicken for 8 minutes. Remove from heat; release pressure; cool down; remove the lid. The internal temperature of chicken should register 160 degrees F on instant-read thermometer. Remove chicken from cooker; keep warm.

5. Place cooker without top over medium heat. Stir orzo to release any grains stuck to bottom. Add zucchini, tomatoes and thyme; cook, stirring, for 5 to 7 minutes or until vegetables are softened and orzo is tender.

6. Transfer the orzo mixture to a platter or individual plates. Top with chicken. Serve warm. Makes 6 servings.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe: 6; Amount Per Serving: cal. (kcal): 332, Fat, total (g): 9, chol. (mg): 95, sat. fat (g): 4, carb. (g): 24, fiber (g): 1, pro. (g): 36, sodium (mg): 621, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.