Cheesy Chicken Orzo Casserole Recipe

Cheesy Chicken Orzo Casserole Recipe

My family could eat meals with cheese just about every day of the week. I have yet to find a dish with cheese they will push away. They are also big fans of pasta and bacon, so a lot of our casseroles have those tasty ingredients as well. This week I found a Cheesy Chicken Orzo Casserole recipe I thought would be yummy.

Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole fina #5

I wanted to ramp up the flavors a bit, so I added bacon and peas. We had grilled out the night before and I had leftover chicken, so I added that as well. The result? Probably the best casserole I have ever made. Seriously! My family asked for seconds, and then thirds! I bet your family will love this Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole as much as mine! Enjoy!

Cheesy Chicken Orzo Casserole Recipe ingredients
 

Cheesy Chicken Orzo Casserole Recipe

 
Ingredients:

1-pound chicken, cooked and cubed
½ pound bacon, chopped.
1 tbsp. garlic
2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
2 cups milk
8 ounces shredded Monterey jack cheese
1-pound orzo
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
½ cup grated parmesan cheese
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole bacon

Preheat oven to 400. In a medium skillet, cook bacon on medium high until crispy. Move to a paper towel to drain.

Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole garlic

Save ¼ of the bacon drippings. Cook garlic 1-2 mins.

Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole rue

Reduce heat to medium and whisk in flour. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Cook for 5 mins., whisking occasionally. Add Monterey jack cheese, salt and pepper and blend well. Set aside. In a large pot, cook orzo according to instructions, but cook 2 minutes less. Drain.

Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole cheese sauce

Add back to pot along with the chicken, the peas and ¾ of the bacon and mix gently. Add cheese mixture and blend well.

Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole pouring

Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with vegetable oil. Add mixture.

Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole toping

Sprinkle parmesan cheese and remaining bacon. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until cheese is browning and bubbly.

This Cheesy Chicken Orzo Casserole Recipe makes an easy, delicious and filling meal any night of the week.

Cheesy Chicken and Orzo Casserole

Ingredients

  • 1-pound chicken, cooked and cubed
  • ½ pound bacon, chopped.
  • 1 tbsp. garlic
  • 2 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups milk
  • 8 ounces shredded Monterey jack cheese
  • 1-pound orzo
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • ½ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. In a medium skillet, cook bacon on medium high until crispy. Move to a paper towel to drain. Save ¼ of the bacon drippings and cook garlic 1-2 mins. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in flour. Slowly add milk, whisking constantly. Cook for 5 mins., whisking occasionally. Add Monterey jack cheese, salt and pepper and blend well. Set aside.
  3. In a large pot, cook orzo accordingly to instructions, but cook 2 minutes less. Drain. Add back to pot along with the chicken, the peas and ¾ of the bacon and mix gently. Add cheese mixture and blend well.
  4. Spray a 2-quart casserole dish with vegetable oil. Add mixture. Sprinkle parmesan cheese and remaining bacon. Bake for 20-30 minutes, until cheese is browning and bubbly.
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About Kelly

Kelly is a wife, mom of 5 (2 are furry), camera bug, tech lover, gadget grabber, travel enthusiast, music aficionado and TV junkie. Her goal is to share with you recipes, DIY ideas and crafts that are fun, easy to make and won’t break the bank.

Comments

  1. Ooh, yummy! I don’t think there’s a single thing in there that I don’t love. Need to try this!

  2. That looks absolutely delicious. It would definitely be a huge hit at our house.

  3. Sounds and looks delicious! I think my kids would enjoy it. Have to try making soon!

  4. This looks like a delicious option to make up for the family! Thanks for sharing.

  5. This casserole looks so delicious! My kid will eat anything as long as there is cheese. This recipe will add variety to the dishes she likes to eat.

  6. darlapeduzzi@comcast.net' Darla Peduzzi says:

    This looks so good! I am going to pin it and give it a try. I just might need to tweek the peas because my big kid (hubby) picks them out if there are too many 🙂

  7. jewelwood55@gmail.com' Julie Wood says:

    I have never cook with orzo before and this recipe look so yummy and I want to try it. Thanks for sharing. It looks like an easy recipe!

  8. haynesrochelle@ymail.com' rochelle haynes says:

    This looks good love to try this

  9. Chicken and pasta are two of my favorite things. Surprisingly, I’ve never had orzo before.

  10. Looks delicious! I am going to try this recipe

  11. kaflickinger74@yahoo.com' Kimberly Flickinger says:

    This cheesy chicken casserole looks delicious, I will definitely have to try this!

  12. dearrhannahh@aol.com' Hannah C says:

    Yummy, this looks fantastic!

  13. versatileer@gmail.com' Jerry Marquardt says:

    I can’t wait to try out your special recipe for this Cheesy Chicken Orzo Casserole. I think it looks delicious, and hope I do as good as you did in the mouthwatering photos.

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