Hidden Veggie Creamy Chicken Orzo (Edit recipe)

Puréed zucchini, green onions & fresh garlic are cooked into a creamy, flavorful sauce with tender garlic & herb chicken. The best kind of kid-approved comfort food. Dairy-free. Egg-free. Nut-free. Delicious & satisfying. Perfect for busy weeknights as it’s ready in 30 minutes. Terrific as leftovers too.
18 minutes to 20 minutes
10 minutes to 12 minutes
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This is our estimate based on online research.
Fat:17 g
Carbohydrates:58 g
Protein:36 g
Cholesterol:113 g
Sodium:347 mg
Fiber:0 g
Sugars:1 g
Calculated for total recipe.

Serves: 6-8

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Note, these instructions are written assuming the standard serving size, since you have modified the number of servings, these steps may need to be modified for best results
  1. Heat olive oil in large, nonstick skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add chicken to skillet in single layer; sprinkle 1 Tsp garlic & herb seasoning over chicken. Cook chicken 5-7 minutes before turning over. Sprinkle remaining 1 Tsp seasoning over chicken; continue cooking 4-5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  3. Meanwhile, cook pasta while chicken is cooking & add zucchini, green onions & garlic to food processor; chop until finely puréed.
  4. Add puréed vegetables to skillet with chicken; stir to combine.
  5. Stir in butter until melted, followed by cream cheese. Stir until combined into a creamy sauce. Stir in salt & lemon juice. Pour in 1 cup reserved pasta cooking water; stir. Add cooked orzo pasta; stir to fully coat in sauce.
  6. Spoon into bowls. Garnish with sliced green onions, if desired, and serve with lemon wedges (optional). Serves 6-8.


To make gluten-free, substitute gluten-free orzo pasta or  other small gf pasta. Store in fridge in airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheats well in microwave. Perfect as leftovers. Ready in 30 minutes. Dairy-free. Egg-free. Nut-Free.

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