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Rotisserie Chicken Skillet

Rotisserie Chicken Skillet – Dinner is served in about 30 minutes with this easy and flavorful recipe!

Rotisserie Chicken Skillet - Dinner is served in about 30 minutes with this easy and flavorful recipe!

When people learn that my husband Jack and I are food bloggers, it usually sparks a very interesting conversation!

We’ve found that most people are pretty passionate about eating great food – but so many people we’ve spoken to often don’t have a whole lot of time to spend in the kitchen cooking dinner these days.

So what’s a hungry family to do? How about this Rotisserie Chicken Skillet! This recipe is perfect for when your family is hungry for a delicious dinner but time is very tight!

Rotisserie Chicken Skillet - Dinner is served in about 30 minutes with this easy and flavorful recipe!

As a time-saving shortcut, we started this delicious skillet dinner with a store-bought rotisserie chicken! And you know…although Jack and I do cook mostly from scratch ourselves, we’re not at all against taking a short cut here and there. We both think rotisserie chickens have great flavor – and they are so convenient to pick up at the supermarket – so feel free to use them anytime a recipe calls for cooked chicken! (Or, if you’ve cooked some chicken at home, feel free to use those leftovers instead!)

Rotisserie Chicken Skillet - Dinner is served in about 30 minutes with this easy and flavorful recipe!

This is a simple one-skillet meal! Lightly toasted orzo is cooked in chicken stock and seasonings. Then cooked carrots and onions, and frozen peas are added to the orzo along with some cream, the shredded rotisserie chicken and Parmesan cheese! Toss together – and dinner is ready in less than twenty minutes!

And if you have any leftovers – here’s another time saver for you! Pack the leftovers up in single-serving sized containers – and lunch the next day is already packed!  Enjoy!

Rotisserie Chicken Skillet
 
Serves: 4-6 servings
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Ingredients
  • 1 whole rotisserie chicken, or 3 ½ cups cooked chicken meat
  • ½ cup orzo pasta
  • 2 tablespoons olive or vegetable oil
  • 2 cups carrots cut on the bias
  • 1 cup onion cut into thick strips
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • ½ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ½ cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Pick the meat from the cooked chicken and roughly cut up and set aside.
  2. In a large dry skillet pan over medium high cook orzo until lightly browned; about 3 minutes stirring frequently.
  3. Remove browned orzo to a bowl and add oil to hot pan.
  4. Add carrots and onion and sauté for 4 minutes.
  5. Add orzo back in along with stock, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Cover and reduce heat to a medium simmer and simmer to cook the orzo, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. Uncover and add parsley, peas, and cream along with cooked chicken.
  7. Increase heat and cook just to bring the dish to temperature and incorporate the ingredients.
  8. Serve with grated Parmesan sprinkled over the top.

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  1. This sounds great! I love orzo!
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  2. I love this idea! I always have leftover rotisserie chicken.

  3. Hi,
    Another delicious recipe. The amout of pasta is listed as “½ orzo pasta”. Is that 1/2 cup or 1/2 LB?
    Thanks for this nice idea for rotisserie chicken. It is so versatile.

  4. I absolutely love skillet recipes for a busy weeknight! This looks really great. Thanks for sharing!

  5. I love picking up rotisserie chickens to make several meals with. I love this dish. It looks so comforting, perfect for fall!

  6. Oh my! I fixed the rotisserie chicken dish for dinner and it was sooooooo gooood! thanks for sharing!

  7. Colleen McClelland :

    I would love to use heavy cream but my husband is lactose intolerant and I must watch my diet carefully. Could I safely use almond milk instead of heavy cream? Or creamy tofu?

    • Hi Colleen – Absolutely – you can try substituting other milk/cream alternatives! The flavor and the creaminess will likely be different but I’m sure it will still taste delicious!

  8. Could you just skip the cream? If not what would be a good alternative?

    • Sure Sarah – are you trying to avoid the fat and calories (a fat free half and half could work) or dairy all together (use chicken stock)? Hope these suggestions help point you in the right direction.

      • I plan on making this tonight, substituting evaporated skim milk for the cream. This is a substitution I use all the time and really like the results.

  9. i can’t wait to make this dish! I have never browned orzo, but I have made risotto. Is it kind of the same concept? Should I use butter or oil to brown the orzo? How much? Thanks!!

    • Hi Maggie – The browning step in this recipe is more similar to making rice pilaf. We are having you toast the orzo pasta in a dry pan – see step 2 in the recipe. ( …vs in a risotto you start the cooking process by sauteing the arborio in oil or butter.) Hope you like the recipe!

  10. Thanks for this yummy simple yet different recipe. As we all have different palates, here’s a few tweaks I made. Added a tsp or so of ground thyme to counter the sweetness of the carrots. There are lots of options for savory add ins. I upped the orzo to 3/4 Cup for browning. Then added about 1 to 1 1/2 Cups reg. cooked orzo to balance out with the amount of meat & veggies. This is truly a go to quick supper, even more so if the prep is done in advance. Just signed up for your emails. : ))

  11. Very nice recipe.
    I used Half and Half instead of cream. In future I will increase the orzo. It toasted beautifully in the dry pan.
    Not sure if you added some grated cheese to the mixture before adding “additional” grated cheese at serving; not a problem though. It’s always tasty.
    Thanks for this keeper! Luv

    • Thank you Luise – we appreciate you letting us know about that extra word in the instructions – you are correct in noting that there is no “additional” grated cheese in the recipe. I will update that now. Thanks again for taking the time to write to us!

  12. I loved this but I noticed when it was finished it needed more sauce in my opinion so I added more stock, cream, garlic powder and seasoning salt. I simmered it for about 30 minutes and it was amazing.

  13. Could rice be substituted for orzo, we have all but that on hand…

    • Hi Grace – In general yes, but orzo is a pasta and it cooks differently than rice so the amount of liquid and cooking times will definitely vary. Without making the recipe ourselves with rice swapped in, I’d only be guessing to tell you how to adapt the recipe for rice.