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  • Writer's pictureJenn Clayton

Lemon Basil Orzo with Chicken

Quick, easy, fresh flavors and a fantastic meal prep or quick weeknight meal!

The ultimate Spring or Summer dish! Packed with protein and incredibly yummy!! #cleaneating #WW #myww #weightwatchers

Full recipe in video below!


  • 1 cup dry orzo pasta

  • 1 lb chicken breast tenders

  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

  • 1 tsp garlic powder

  • 2 tablespoons salted light butter

  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 cup dry white wine

  • 2 TB freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

  • 1/2 cup freshly torn basil leaves

  • Garnish: Lemon wedges, more parmesan, extra basil leaves

  1. In a pot of generously salted water, cook orzo just until al dente; don’t overcook. Drain. Keep warm.

  2. While pasta is cooking: pat dry the moisture from chicken tenders with paper towels. In a small bowl, whisk together 1/2 tsp kosher salt, 1/4 tsp black pepper, and 1 tsp garlic powder. Sprinkle evenly on both sides of chicken pieces.

  3. In a large skillet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray- over medium high heat. When oil is hot, cook chicken tenders just until no longer pink in center, about 2-3 min per side (depending on thickness of chicken.) Remove chicken from pan and keep warm.

  4. In same used skillet, add the butter over medium high heat. Once melted, add garlic and onion, stirring 1-2 minutes until fragrant. Add wine; deglaze pan by scraping bits loose with your spatula while the liquid cooks. Reduce liquid by half, about 3 minutes. Add lemon juice and turn off heat. Add kosher salt and freshly ground pepper to taste (1/4-1/2 tsp each.)

  5. Place cooked orzo in a large serving bowl; toss with freshly grated parmesan and onion/garlic mixture. Toss in basil leaves. Serve with chicken and garnish as desired.

4 Servings:

8 points (blue & purple)

10 points (green)

316 Calories

*You can divide into 6 servings to lower the points & calories*

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