Truth be told, I love a Creamy Chicken & Rice/Orzo/Pasta anything.  When I was younger, a can of cream of chicken or cream of celery or cream of mushroom didn’t scare me as much as it does today. That’s why I’m always on the lookout for a cream of _____ dish that is made from scratch but totally easy. I’m also challenged with coming up with menus each week now that my child is 11 months old. He’s eating what we are eating. Well, “supposedly.” This week’s result? I decided to make a creamy chicken and orzo dish. Why?

1) Husband and I can enjoy it for lunch or dinner
2) Kid should enjoy it and will get his dose of dairy, protein, and veggies in one dish

So off I went to find a homemade chicken and rice dish. One google search, and I found a recipe here.  Instead of rice, I used orzo. I added more chicken broth because (note to self) orzo definitely swells and you may need more broth. Speaking of broth, I also used the boxed kind because  I have an 11-month-old. But for those of you who have frozen homemade chicken broth just waiting to be used, well…good on you.

Creamy Chicken and Orzo (Adapted from Heavenly Homemakers)

6 cups chicken broth
4 carrots, peeled and sliced
1 medium onion, diced
2 cups orzo
1 rotisserie chicken (just pull the chicken off and dice/shred to the consistency you prefer)
1/2 teaspoon (or more) garlic powder
Kosher salt, to taste
1 1/2 cups cream

In a large pot, bring chicken broth, carrots and onion to a boil at high heat .  Reduce heat to low and cook the vegetables in the broth for 25 minutes.  Add orzo and continue to cook for an additional 15-20 minutes or until orzo is done.

When the orzo is done, stir in cooked chicken, garlic powder and cream.  Add salt/pepper. Cook ingredients for about five more minutes to heat the chicken and cream.  Serve directly from pot.

M.E. (my kid) loved it and so did we. Hope you do too…