One Skillet Chicken with Cheesy Orzo and Baby Kale

4-6 servings
A one-skillet meal is often the best possible combination of convenience and comfort food, and this cheesy chicken and orzo dish is no exception.

By: Katie Workman, The Mom 100


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken cutlets, thinly sliced
  • 2 large shallots, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups dried orzo pasta
  • 3 cups chicken broth


  1. In a 10 to 12-inch skillet, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Season chicken on both sides with salt and pepper. Sear chicken about 3 minutes on each side or until browned and just barely pink in the center. Do this in batches, if necessary, and remove chicken to a plate; set aside.
  2. Return skillet to medium heat; add remaining tablespoon olive oil; heat. Add shallots to hot skillet; sauté 2 minutes until they begin to become tender. Add orzo and stir until it is coated with oil, about 1 minute. Add chicken broth and bring to a simmer, scraping up any browned bits from skillet bottom. Add half and half, stirring until mixture returns to simmer. Cover skillet, lower heat and simmer gently 8 minutes, stirring occasionally, until orzo is almost tender and liquid has reduced somewhat. (Mixture should still be quite runny)
  3. Sprinkle in Original Van Gogh® Gouda and Butterkäse cheeses in batches, stirring after each addition until cheeses melt. Stir in baby kale and oregano. Tuck browned chicken pieces into orzo mixture; drizzle any chicken juices that have accumulated over. Cover pan and simmer additional 3 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and orzo is tender. The dish will still be saucy.
  4. Serve dish hot from the pan.