This easy one-pan lemon orzo pasta and walnut chicken dish is a super tasty and healthy option for busy weeknights!
1 cup uncooked orzo
1 tablespoon oil
2 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 teaspoon lemon zest
2 tablespoons thinly sliced basil
4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, pounded to 1/2 inch thickness
1/3 cup walnuts, finely chopped
1/3 cup plain bread crumbs
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon dried basil (or Italian seasoning)
Cook pasta in a large pan according to package’s instructions. Transfer to a strainer and allow to drain while you prepare the chicken.
In a small bowl combine finely chopped walnuts, breadcrumbs, salt, garlic powder, and dried basil (or italian seasoning) and whisk to combine. Toss chicken breasts in the breadcrumb mixture.
Spray pan with cooking spray and cook chicken over medium heat until browned on both sides and cooked through. (about 4-5 minutes on each side)Transfer chicken to a plate and cover with a towel or with tin foil to keep warm.
Add the 1 tablespoon of oil to the pan. Transfer drained orzo back to the pan and stir until hot. Add garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, and basil and cook, stirring throughout, about 5 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste. Serve warm with walnut crusted chicken and garnish with lemon wedges for drizzling if desired.