5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Orzo Skillet

As a new mom, one skillet, 5 ingredient meals are everything and this 5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Orzo skillet is a total life savor and perfect for the whole family!

5 ingredient chicken sausage and orzo skillet

This 5 ingredient Chicken Sausage and Orzo Skillet is ready in less than 20 minutes, made in one skillet, healthy, AND toddler approved! Thats a WIN-WIN if you ask me!

I like to use my 10″ Original Green Pan non-stick skillet for this dish because it works like a charm! It gives those chicken sausages the perfect golden sear that I am looking for.

It’s also non-toxic and super easy to clean. I also use this skillet for eggs, pan seared salmon, chicken, etc!

This 5 ingredient Chicken sausage and orzo skillet is truly great for the whole family and makes delicious leftovers if you end up having some left.

I’ve had so many friends that have made this for their kiddos and they have absolutely loved it! You bet your bottom dollar I’ll be making this for Piero as soon as he is old enough!

5 ingredient chicken sausage and orzo skillet

Can I sub any other kind of meat in this recipe?

Yes, absolutely!! I recently had someone tell me they subbed venison because they couldn’t find chicken sausage and it turned out wonderful!

Since chicken sausage is already cooked, the recipe only has you cook for about 2 minutes per side to get a nice golden char, so if you are using a raw meat, just season with your favorite marinade and make sure you cook it all the way before proceeding to the next step.

This 5 ingredient Chicken Sausage and Orzo Skillet is so quick, so easy, and seriously delicious! Hope you love!!!

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5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Orzo Skillet

This 5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Orzo Skillet is the perfect meal for busy weeknights.  Made in one skillet, ready in less than 30 minutes, and great for the whole family.  

  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 5
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2-3 1x
  • Category: 5 Ingredients
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: American


  • 4 Italian style chicken sausages, sliced into rounds
  • 1 c dried orzo
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c chicken broth, more as needed
  • 3/4 c shaved parmesan
  • a few handfuls of arugula, optional 
  • red pepper flakes, optional 

You will also need:

  • 34 T olive oil 
  • Salt + pepper, to taste


  1. Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add chicken sausages and cook for 2 minutes per side, until nice and golden.
  2. Add garlic, orzo, and red pepper flakes, toss around for 1-2 minutes, until orzo is slightly toasted and garlic is really fragrant.
  3. Pour in chicken broth and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for about 15 minutes, stirring frequently, until liquid has been absorbed and orzo is cooked.  Add more broth as needed! 
  4. Once orzo is cooked, stir in shaved parmesan and adjust s + p to taste.  
  5. Toss with arugula just before serving.  Enjoy!!
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    February 6, 2020 at 6:54 pm

    Soooooo good. Used mango/jalapeño chicken sausages and they added nice heat. Will definitely make again!

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    Makos - The Hungry Bites
    February 8, 2020 at 4:14 am

    It looks delicious Lindsay!

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    April 4, 2020 at 11:51 am

    This looks amazing! This might be a dumb question, but do you use the “precooked” like smoked chicken sausage? I wasn’t sure bc it said cut into rounds, and I would think that’s quite difficult for uncooked sausage. Lol anyway, any advice is appreciated!

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      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      April 14, 2020 at 8:31 am

      Hi!! Yes, pre-cooked sausage links! You could really use any kind of sausage in this recipe, just make sure it’s fully cooked before moving on to the next step. Since we are using pre-cooked here, we only cook for a few minutes to get a nice golden color. I hope that helps!!!

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        April 14, 2020 at 11:40 am

        Yes, thank you so much! Definitely going to try this next week! I appreciate your response/help. 🙂

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        January 21, 2022 at 8:18 am

        Hello. Do we take the sausage out after browning it or leave it in with the orzo and chicken broth to continue cooking. The recipe says to only cook it for a couple minutes, but never says to take it out. Forgive my confusion.

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          Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
          January 4, 2023 at 11:01 am

          So sorry I don’t know how I missed this. Yes you can leave the sausage in the whole time! If you would rather take it out, that is an option as well. It doesn’t make a difference either way. Hope you enjoy!!

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    Rachel Daly
    April 25, 2020 at 2:45 pm

    Any recommendations if you don’t have arugula on-hand? I’ve got kale and spinach – sauté before mixing with sausage/orzo or mix it raw?

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      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      April 25, 2020 at 3:45 pm

      Hi! You could absolutely toss in some spinach and it will be fine. The kale is a little more tough so I would sauté that one first. I hope that helps and hope you enjoy!!

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        Rachel Daly
        April 25, 2020 at 6:45 pm

        Ended up roasting the kale and of course if shrunk even more than anticipated, so technically it was heavily sprinkled with crispy kale. Nonetheless it was delicious!! 😂

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          Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
          April 25, 2020 at 6:54 pm

          Oh my gosh, I bet that was delicious!!! 🙂

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          Kristina G
          September 13, 2020 at 6:57 pm

          I saute mushrooms and zucchini in a separate pan and throw them in with the Parmesan and arugula at the end, love the way the mushrooms add an earthy complement to the flavor of the orzo and garlic

          • Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
            October 26, 2020 at 8:47 pm

            Oh wow! I love mushrooms and zucchini- definitely adding these in next time. Thank you for sharing!!

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    Rachel Daly
    April 25, 2020 at 6:47 pm

    Forgot to rate 🤦🏽‍♀️

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    Lindsay Buzbee
    April 25, 2020 at 8:39 pm

    Made this tonight, so easy, SO GOOD! I am also a new Mom and your recipes fit into our lifestyle so well.

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    May 22, 2020 at 5:45 am

    I make a different version that is all veggie with onion and grated zucchini and it rocks as a min or a side dish! I grate zucchini to have 3 cups Nd sauté that with one small onion chopped…then use 2 cups water In place of broth

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      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      June 8, 2020 at 12:11 pm

      Oh wow! That sounds incredible! I will have to try next time. Thanks so much for sharing!!!

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    October 13, 2020 at 12:12 pm

    Easy and delicious! My picky boyfriend asked for it to be added to the regular rotation. Love how adaptable it is too!

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    Mary L.
    November 16, 2020 at 5:20 pm

    This was super easy to make and so delicious. Will definitely make this again.

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    Amy J
    January 4, 2021 at 7:26 pm

    I have made this so many times and continue to love it! We switch it up with Italian sausage, add onion and whatever other veggie we have on hand like red peppers or broccoli. It’s really a great recipe to use leftover veggies in your fridge! You could totally make this meatless too and use veggie broth instead of chicken broth and just load it up with favorite veggies. Love your 5 ingredient meals – thank you for making dinner easy and delicious 🙂

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      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      October 5, 2021 at 3:28 pm

      Hi Amy!! Thank you oh so much for sharing, you have no idea how happy that makes me! That is exactly why I love this recipe– it’s so adaptable and easy to use up whatever you have left in the fridge! Thanks so much again and I hope you are having a great day!

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    February 2, 2021 at 5:45 pm

    I made this recipe with sweet italian sausage, added half a chopped onion, and drizzled lemon juice at the end. It was delicious for a quick easy weeknight meal!

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    John C.
    May 4, 2021 at 10:57 pm

    Hello, how do I translate “c” in the ingredient list, for example “1 c dried orzo”? Is it “cup”? Thank you.

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    Andrea G.
    August 15, 2021 at 6:21 pm

    Outstanding!! I made this tonight for my husband and we devoured it! I didn’t have arugula so I used fresh spinach and also added halved grape tomatoes. I also didn’t have shaved parmesan so i just used my grated parmesan, just used less. But it was so delicious! Can’t wait to make again!!

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      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      August 26, 2021 at 2:47 pm

      Amazing to hear!!! So happy you loved it! Spinach and tomatoes sound like great additions- I love how adaptable this recipe is! Thanks so much for sharing as always!! -Lindsay

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    October 11, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Whole family favorite! I always double it because we love it so much!

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