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One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo, just what tonight needs.

One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo | #chicken #recipes #easy #skillet

You guys, I am not going to lie, at this point I really don’t even know what day it is. This entire time I’ve been in South Korea, I think I have asked what day it is and what the time is over and over again. South Korea is one day and sixteen hours ahead of MST, so the jet leg struggle was, and is, real. Because of work, I needed to be going back and forth between US time and Korean time and for me, it just got way too confusing.

By the time you all read this I should hopefully be home, as I am heading out in a couple of hours with a few family members along with me. I am currently writing this post while sitting in a hotel room in Seoul, trying to catch up on work…and scrolling through all the AMAZING comments, social media tags, and press from the last three days. It’s truly amazing. Thanks for the support you all are showing my brother. He’s living up this gold medal win (well sort of, the jet lag on this quick trip cannot be fun) and traveling around with my brother Malachi, doing a quick US press tour. However, they’ll both be back on a plane to South Korea in a couple of days, as Red needs to start practice for Men’s Snowboard Big Air.

Crazy, crazy ride those two are on…

I mean, did you catch Red on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday night? Here’s the link if you’d like to watch.

One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo | #chicken #recipes #easy #skillet

And that’s your quick Red and Kai update for the day. Let’s talk food, because you know, that is what I do best.

While the food here in South Korea has been awesome…there’s been a lot of Korean Beef, ramen, and we had some amazing dumplings yesterday in Seoul…I must say, I’m looking forward to heading home and cooking up some of my favorite comfort meals, like this easy one skillet chicken dinner.

I made this before we left for Korea and it was the perfect easy, healthy, cozy dinner to eat the day before a long flight. Plus, it’s full of carbs, lemon, and veggies, so very much my kind of food.

The chicken is pan seared along with some fresh lemon slices and a little butter. The chicken becomes crispy, and the lemon slices caramelize, making them sweet enough to eat. I am aware that eating the whole lemon, peel and all, is still a little odd to many of you, but try it out this way. I promise, it’s so good.

The chicken and lemon alone could be an awesome recipe, classic and delicious, but me being me, I needed to add a little more to the recipe, so in came the orzo.

I mean, obviously, you have to have the carbs, you just do.

You could certainly use quinoa or another grain, but if I were you, I’d go with the orzo. It’s just fitting with this recipe and so delicious in the lemon butter sauce.

One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo | #chicken #recipes #easy #skillet

This recipe is not only delicious, it’s also super easy…one skillet, under an hour, and uses mostly pantry staple ingredients.

Cool. Cool.

It’s a crowd pleaser, and actually comes out of the oven looking relatively pretty. I threw on some fresh dill for color and served the chicken and orzo up right out of the skillet. Perfect for easy weeknight dinners or even entertaining.

Also, I get a lot of questions about what my favorite cast iron skillet is…I always, always use Staub. The ten and twelve inch are my favorites, I used the twelve inch for this recipe.

If I wasn’t getting home so late tonight, I’d for sure be making this for dinner. Instead, this will definitely be on my table as Friday night’s meal.

Can’t wait to start getting caught up on everything at home. Sorry for being MIA with comments this past week, I will be catching up soon. Thanks for all the messages!

One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo | #chicken #recipes #easy #skillet

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One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories Per Serving: 337 kcal

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  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Heat the olive oil in a large dutch oven or cast iron skillet set over medium high heat. Season the chicken all over with salt and pepper. When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet.
    3. To the same skillet, add the butter and lemon slices. Sear the lemon until golden on each side, about 1 minute. Remove the lemon from the pan and add to the plate with the chicken. 
    4. To the same skillet, add the garlic and orzo. Cook until the garlic is fragrant and the orzo toasted, about 2-3 minutes. Add the wine to the skillet and de-glaze the pan. Add the chicken broth, kale, and lemon juice. Bring to a boil over high heat and stir. Slide the chicken, lemon slices, and any juices left on the pan back into the skillet. Transfer to the oven and roast, uncovered for 15 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
    4. Serve the chicken topped with fresh dill and lemon zest. EAT!
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One Skillet Lemon Butter Chicken and Orzo | #chicken #recipes #easy #skillet

Chicken dinner for the win…or the GOLD?! I dunno, but clearly I am still way too excited that my brother is an Olympic Gold Medalist. No big deal or anything…

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  1. I loved the flavors of this recipe initially, however, the lemon rinds give off an extremely bitter flavor once they’ve been sitting in the mixture. I made this for a group of friends, and we initially sat down and ate it just fine, but when we went back for more, it had developed a bitter flavor that I couldn’t eat. I followed the recipe exact. I would recommend not putting the lemon slices back into the pot, because of the bitter flavor that the rinds give off.

  2. 5 stars
    I see you are using cast iron but they don’t like lemon or acidic foods. How does this work in your cast iron pan? It has ruined mine.

    1. Hi Alissa,
      Happy Sunday!! Thanks so much for giving this recipe a try, I appreciate you making it and your feedback! x

  3. 5 stars
    This is a good one! Easy weeknight dinner. I used boneless chicken thighs I love the flavor over chicken breasts and used broccoli that I needed to use instead of the kale it turned out great. I’ll make with kale next time.
    I’m just of the pass from you and fall is in the air. Thanks for all your recipes😊

  4. This lemon chicken with orzo is very good. Can it be put together and refrigerated over night and then baked the next day. Thank you

    1. Hey Barbara,
      Wonderful!!😃 I appreciate you making this dish and sharing your comment, so glad it was a winner! I wouldn’t prep this recipe the day before:) xx

        1. Hi Patricia,
          Totally, that will be great! I hope you love this dish, let me know if you give it a try! xT

  5. 5 stars
    This was a huge hit! My two year old absolutely CRUSHED it, and we had everything but shallots in our garden, so it was perfect, simple, elegant, so clean and fresh! Thank you, this is definitely on repeat!

    1. Hi Sharis,
      Wonderful!!😃 I appreciate you making this dish and sharing your comment, so glad it was a winner! xx

    1. Hey Mia,
      For best results, I would use arborio rice! Please let me know if you have any other questions, I hope you love this recipe! xT

    1. Hi Rebeca,
      Happy Monday!! ☀️⛅️ I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

  6. Hi Tieghan; I love this recipe and am making it this weekend for some friends. Normally I have made it for family only so never worry about sides. What kind of side dishes would you serve with this recipe?

    1. Hey Dana,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it was a winner! I might just do some bread and salad! xT

      1. Hi Sandy,
        Awesome!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe and your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

    2. Yum!! Definitely a “do over” as we say in my family! I doubled it and so glad to have leftovers!! Boiled a little longer than recipe! Used a glass dish in a counter convection oven!!!

    1. Hi Beth,
      Happy Wednesday! I appreciate you making this recipe so often and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it is always a winner!

  7. 5 stars
    Second time I’ve made this in the last month – it’s so delicious. This time I swapped kale for spinach and let the orzo boil a little longer before putting in the oven. Also added tomatoes. I am obsessed! Could eat this every night. Thank you for sharing! Always love your recipes.

    1. Hi Meaghan,
      Wonderful!!🍀 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks so much for trying it out:)

    1. Hey Perri,
      Happy Monday!!🌴 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

  8. 5 stars
    My daughter sent this to me but needed to make this gluten free. Luckily was able find GF orzo. Made this substituting spinach for kale and it was absolutely delicious. Thank you for a simple tasty dinner.

    1. Hi Shelley,
      Happy Monday!!🌴 I appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your comment, so glad to hear it turned out well for you! xT

      1. I will definitely be making this again! It was so delicious; I could have easily eaten the whole skillet myself. My husband said it was so good and had a second helping. The chicken was very tender and the orzo was so flavorful!