Lemony Chicken and Orzo

This recipe has everything I love going for it. It’s low fat, super high protein, delicious, and comes together easily in 30 minutes or less. It’s very protein dense if you follow the original recipe, but I’ve been known to keep the chicken ratio where it is (have you seen chicken breasts in the grocery lately. We swear they must come from mutant birdzillas, because each breast half weighs in at nearly a pound – so no need to double the chicken) and then double the other ingredients to be able to stretch it enough (and in a very economically sound way, considering the low cost of the other ingredients) to feed a family of 6 or more.

It’s got kind of a Greek vibe to it (think avgolemono soup flavor, but not thickened as much), which I’m sure you could amp up by adding a little Greek oregano and pairing it with a Greek side salad. But it’s super filling all on it’s own.

Lemony Chicken and Orzo

Lemony Chicken & Orzo
Recipe from Family Circle

SERVINGS: 4
PREP TIME: 5 mins

4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1/2 tsp. each salt and black pepper
1 can (14.5 ounces) low-sodium chicken broth
1/3 c. lemon juice
2 tsp.honey
2 1/2 tbsp.low-fat sour cream
3/4 cup orzo
8 oz.green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces

Cut chicken into 1-inch cubes. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each of the salt and pepper.
Pour broth and lemon juice into a Dutch oven; bring to boil and add chicken. Cover and reduce heat to medium. Cook for 9 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.

Remove chicken from pot; set aside. Increase heat to high and cook sauce for 5 minutes. Stir in remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper; whisk in honey and sour cream.
Add 2 cups water to pot and bring to a boil; add orzo and cook for 10 minutes or until pasta is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed. Add green beans to pot for final 4 minutes of cook time. Stir chicken back into pot and serve.

NUTRITION INFORMATION
Per Serving: cal. (kcal) 384, Fat, total (g) 4, chol. (mg) 106, sat. fat (g) 1, carb. (g) 39, fiber (g) 3, pro. (g) 47, sodium (mg) 685, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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