Use this chicken skillet recipe as a make-ahead freezer option to pull out and cook directly from frozen on a busy night, or cook it up in about an hour for dinner tonight.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Blaine Moats

Recipe Summary

15 mins
40 mins plus freezing time


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Zest and juice one lemon. In a one-gallon freezer bag mix together the lemon zest and juice, jalapeno peppers, oil, garlic, dill, salt, and pepper. Place chicken in bag. Slice remaining lemon; add to bag. Turn to coat chicken. Remove air from bag; seal. Lay flat on a baking sheet. Freeze up to 3 months.

  • Remove frozen mixture from bag; place in an extra-large skillet. Add chicken broth and butter. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 7 minutes. Add orzo. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes more. Add Brussels sprouts and olives. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer, covered, 5 minutes more or until orzo is tender and chicken is done (165°F). Top with feta. Serves 4.


If using fresh (not frozen) chicken, combine the ingredients in the skillet through the butter, bring to boiling, then add the orzo. Simmer, covered, 10 minutes. Add Brussels sprouts and olives; simmer, covered, 5 minutes more or until orzo is tender and chicken is done (165°F).

Nutrition Facts

349 calories; total fat 13g; saturated fat 4g; polyunsaturated fat 1g; monounsaturated fat 5g; cholesterol 99mg; sodium 859mg; potassium 718mg; carbohydrates 27g; fiber 5g; sugar 3g; protein 33g; trans fatty acid 0g; vitamin a 660IU; vitamin c 82mg; thiamin 0mg; riboflavin 0mg; niacin equivalents 10mg; vitamin b6 1mg; folate 54mcg; vitamin b12 0mcg; calcium 119mg; iron 3mg.

Reviews (4)

3 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 3
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Rating: 5.0 stars
This was fantastic. It is totally easy and a great freezer meal. Next time we're using barley instead of orzo.
Rating: 5.0 stars
Made this last night from fresh (not frozen) ingredients and it was amazing. I sliced up almost a whole fresh jalapeno and even though I removed the seeds and white pith it was a little too spicy. Will use less jalapeno and more brussel sprouts next time (I had 16 oz of fresh, but only used 9 oz...will use it all next time).
Rating: 3.0 stars
I did not think the flavor of the Brussels Sprouts worked well with the other ingredients in this dish. I won’t make it again.
Rating: 1.0 stars
I like lemon flavored food but this is too much. You taste nothing but lemon. This was a waste of chicken and other good ingredients.