Warm Chicken Orzo Salad

  • Author: Midwest Foodie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 servings
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


This warm orzo salad is simple and easy to throw together for those busy work weeks when you need a quick, healthy lunch!


  • 16 oz. orzo pasta
  • 16 oz. chicken breast, cut into tenders
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil + more for drizzling cooked pasta
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • Kosher salt
  • fresh cracked pepper
  • 4 oz. fresh baby spinach
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup chopped toasted walnuts
  • 1 recipe grilled lemon vinaigrette


  1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and cook orzo pasta according to package directions until al dente.
  2. Season chicken tenders with rosemary, thyme, Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper.
  3. Cook the chicken in two batches, heating 1/2 the oil in a large saute pan over medium high heat.
  4. Saute the first batch of chicken, cooking each side for about 3-4 minutes or until cooked through.
  5. Add remaining oil to the pan and cook last batch of chicken tenders in the same fashion.
  6. While the chicken is cooking, drain water from orzo and stir fresh spinach, a drizzle of olive oil an and a large pinch of salt and pepper.
  7. To assemble, create a bed of orzo and spinach, then slice chicken breast and place on top. Sprinkle with Parmesan and walnuts, then drizzle with grilled lemon vinaigrette.

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