5 Ingredient Chicken Sausage and Orzo Skillet

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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 many 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 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

  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Yield: 23 1x


  • 3 organic Italian style chicken sausages, sliced into rounds
  • 1 c orzo
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 c chicken broth
  • 3/4 c shaved parmesan
  • a few handfuls of arugula
  • Salt + pepper, to taste
  • red pepper flakes, optional


  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 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, until liquid has been absorbed and orzo is cooked.  Stir every couple of minutes to avoid it sticking to the bottom.
  4. Once orzo is cooked, stir in parmesan and adjust seasoning.
  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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    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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    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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