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One Skillet Garlic Butter Chicken and Zucchini Orzo. Pan-seared honey Dijon chicken with garlic herb butter, cooked together with orzo pasta, fresh summer zucchini, and mozzarella, for an all-in-one dinner. Then go that extra step and serve this drizzled with delicious golden brown butter made with Italian seasoning. A dinner that everyone at the table will love.

Skillet Garlic Butter Chicken and Zucchini Orzo |

I really do love this time of year. I forget just how nice it can be with all the fresh produce and longer days. It’s such a welcomed change from the short days of fall and winter. I’m soaking up every minute because before we know it, fall will be here.

The only thing I do wish we had is a real garden full of fresh herbs, tomatoes, zucchini, and maybe even some peppers too. Living where we live, it takes a little too much tender loving care for us to have real growth. So we stuck to just herbs this year, which I do, of course, love.

Still, I’m missing the real produce of summer! Of course, we do have Whole Foods to keep me stocked. They’ve had the prettiest zucchini and yellow summer squash this season. I picked up more than I really know what to do with, so this is me using it up!

Some of the inspiration for this recipe came from an older meatball recipe of mine. This time, I went with this simple skillet chicken and orzo.

It’s going to be a staple through September. The garlic butter really makes this special!

Skillet Garlic Butter Chicken and Zucchini Orzo |

Here are the steps

Step 1: season and cook the chicken 

Toss the chicken with olive oil, Italian seasoning, Dijon mustard, and honey. The Italian seasoning is the secret. It really adds so much flavor without having to add additional ingredients.

Now get a big oven-safe skillet. Sear the chicken on either side until it’s lightly golden. Then, remove everything from the skillet.

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Step 2: the orzo

When the chicken is out of the skillet, add the butter and orzo. Then add the garlic and fresh herbs. I like to cook the orzo in the butter until it’s lightly toasted.

Pour in some wine and water.

Step 3: finish the dish

Next, add the chicken right back to the skillet. Then take some mozzarella and arrange it around the chicken.

Alrighty – and now you bake. This will take about 10-15 minutes in the oven.

Step 4: the garlic butter (optional – uses one more skillet, but worth it!)

While the chicken cooks, add butter to a skillet with additional Italian seasoning and thyme. If you want, add some extra garlic here too.

Let the butter get to a light golden color.

Serve the orzo and chicken with garlic butter and I love topping with fresh basil. YUM.

This simple skillet dinner is such a crowd-pleaser. It comes out of the oven looking pretty but smelling and tasting even more delicious. I’m pretty sure you all will love this summer meal!

Skillet Garlic Butter Chicken and Zucchini Orzo |

Looking for other easy weeknight dinners? Here are some favorites.

Easy Greek Sheet Pan Chicken Souvlaki and Potatoes

Browned Garlic Butter Creamed Corn Cheese Ravioli

One Skillet Cheesy Broccoli Cheddar Orzo Bake

One Skillet Lemon Butter Dijon Chicken and Orzo with Feta Sauce

Lastly, if you make this Skillet Garlic Butter Chicken and Zucchini Orzo, be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

Skillet Garlic Butter Chicken and Zucchini Orzo

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 695 kcal

Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.



  • 1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
    2. In a bowl, mix the chicken with 2 tablespoons olive oil, 2 tablespoons Italian seasoning, Dijon mustard, honey, and a pinch each of salt and pepper.
    3. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken. Sear on both sides until golden, 3-5 minutes. Remove everything from the skillet.
    4. To the skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter, the orzo, shallots, garlic, and 2 tablespoons thyme. Mix in the zucchini slices. Cook until the orzo is toasted, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and 2 cups water. Season with salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over high heat. Slide the chicken and any juices left on the plate back into the skillet. Arrange the cheese around the chicken. Bake, uncovered for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
    5. Meanwhile, lightly brown 4 tablespoons butter in a small skillet. Add 1 tablespoon of Italian seasoning and 1 tablespoon of thyme. Season with salt, pepper, and chili flakes.
     6. Serve the chicken and orzo topped with garlic butter and fresh herbs.
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  1. 5 stars
    Just tried this. Made half the recipe. I loved it because almost all of the ingredients I routinely have on hand. Once I had everything prepped, it went very fast. All my favorites: Protein, pasta & vegetable. Flavors were good but may add more next time I split the recipe. Received the husband’s stamp of approval!

    1. Hey Barbara,
      Thanks for your comment and trying this recipe! I am so glad it turned out well for you! Have a great day:)

  2. 5 stars
    Just excellent, well seasoned with balanced flavors! I didn’t change anything. My Lodge cast iron covered casserole came in handy.

  3. I keep coming back to this recipe because I love it so much. I have made this about 3 times already. It is perfect!!! Thank you, Tieghan!!

    1. Hi there! Are you just wanting to make it all ahead and reheat? I think that would probably be the best option for this! xT