Orzo with Chicken and Artichokes


Orzo with Artichokes, Balsamic vinegar and Chicken -- as easy as A-B-C! Pancetta, spinach, and toasted pine nuts also play tasty parts in this pasta dish! This is a great way to use up leftover roast chicken (or turkey) meat!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided

  • 3 ounces pancetta bacon, diced

  • ½ medium onion, chopped

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

  • ½ cup dry white wine

  • 1 ½ cups cubed, cooked chicken

  • 1 (10 ounce) can artichoke hearts (water-packed), quartered

  • 5 ounces baby spinach

  • 1 (16 ounce) package orzo pasta

  • 2 tablespoons pine nuts, toasted

  • cup balsamic vinegar


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Stir in pancetta, and cook until browned. Remove to paper towels.

  2. Pour 2 tablespoons olive oil into skillet. Stir in onion, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is soft and translucent. Increase heat to medium high, pour in white wine; cook about 3 minutes.

  3. Reduce heat to low, stir in chicken, artichoke hearts, and spinach. Cover, and cook to warm through.

  4. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to boil. Add orzo pasta and cook until al dente, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain, and stir into chicken mixture.

  5. Stir pine nuts and balsamic vinegar into pasta.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

758 Calories
24g Fat
97g Carbs
36g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 758
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 24g 30%
Saturated Fat 6g 32%
Cholesterol 55mg 18%
Sodium 679mg 30%
Total Carbohydrate 97g 35%
Dietary Fiber 7g 26%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 36g
Vitamin C 20mg 101%
Calcium 74mg 6%
Iron 6mg 33%
Potassium 570mg 12%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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