One-Skillet Chicken and Orzo with Apples and Rosemary

One-Skillet Chicken and Orzo with Apples and Rosemary

This easy chicken dinner has all the flavors of Fall and is made in one skillet so the cooking and the clean up are as easy as can be.

I love making a big dinner all in one skillet. It’s easy to prepare, all the flavors blend and make everything extra tasty and, the best part, clean up is so easy.

This one-skillet dinner tastes like Fall. It has chicken, whole wheat orzo, apples, rosemary and raisins, all in a light gravy-like sauce that happens naturally in the skillet while it cooks.

To make this dinner you start by searing chicken breasts in a large skillet. Make sure it’s a skillet that has a lid because you’re going to need it later. I use this 12-inch skillet with a lid I have that fits. If you don’t have a lid, you can use a double layer of heavy-duty foil.

Okay, so you sear the chicken breasts with some oil in the pan (don’t use the lid yet). Remove the chicken from the pan and add diced apples and onions. Then in goes some garlic, chopped rosemary, lemon juice and salt. Stir and then add whole wheat orzo (I use this brand), chicken broth and raisins. Nestle the chicken back in there, put it on high and bring it to a boil. Stir. Reduce heat to low and put on the lid. Cook until the orzo is tender, about 10-12 minutes. There should still be quite a bit of liquid in there at this point. That’s good. It’s going to be your sauce. Mix together some cornstarch and water and add it to the skillet. Stir, bring to a boil to thicken and taste. Add salt if desired. Serve with lemon wedges to squeeze over it all.

That’s it! It’s really easy and has so much delicious Fall flavor. Enjoy!

Christine :-)

Yield: 4-6 servings

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes


  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts (about 2 lbs. total)
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium sweet apples, like gala, diced
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp. chopped fresh rosemary (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1 Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. water
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges for serving
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