Lemon Orzo with Chives

Sometimes it’s the simplest of foods that we enjoy the most. Such was the case when I made lemon orzo with chives for lunch today. Of course, I could have just made a pb&j and been done with it, but this delightful dish literally took only a few minutes more to prepare. The addition of lemon makes me thing of spring which is thankfully right around the corner.

Lemon Orzo with Chives

You can prepare this orzo recipe as a stand a lone dish. I think it would also go incredibly well as a side with chick, or top it with some grilled asparagus. The possibilities are endless with this one.

Lemon Orzo with Chives


2 cups water
1 cup chicken broth
2 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. salt
zest of one lemon
juice from 1/2 same lemon
pinch of paprika
1 1/2 cups orzo pasta
2 tbsp. butter
3 tbsp. chives finely chopped

Lemon Orzo with Chives Recipe


1. Place a medium sized saucepan over high heat and add the water, broth, olive oil, salt, lemon zest, lemon juice, and paprika.

2. Once the liquid has come to a boil, add the orzo and stir until it has returned to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium and stir once more.

3. Allow to boil until the pasta is al dente, according to package directions.

4. Drain the liquid (do not rinse) and place orzo in a bowl.

5. Add the butter and stir to combine.

6. Gently fold in the chives. Garnish with a bit more lemon zest and more chives, if desired. Serve warm or chill and serve cold.

This flavorful dish is so versatile. If you don’t have chives, you could use parsley or scallions. Some kalamata olives would also make a nice addition to this dish.

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  1. I want to get a fork and dig in. This looks delicious. Thanks for the recipe.

  2. That looks so refreshing! I love the flavor of lemon!

  3. That sounds like a perfect lunch to me! I’d take that over pb&j too!

  4. I have never had orzo, looks good though!! What a great flavor combo!!

  5. that sounds so delicious I can almost taste it

  6. This would be a terrific side for seafood, chicken or grilled veggies.

  7. I’m having chicken tonight and this looks like it would go great with it.

  8. This looks delicious! Would pair perfect with chicken for dinner.

  9. alicia k (Petite Pilates Pixie) says:

    mmm yum. I love orzo! Pinning this.

  10. That sounds very refreshing and perfect as a summer side!

  11. That looks amazing! If only my computer would let me smell it!

  12. I love orzo! Last weekend I made it with cherry tomatoes, spinach, and feta – next time I’m trying your recipe!

  13. This sounds divine, i’m going to give it a try…thanks for the inspiration!

  14. Oh lemon orzo, this looks amazing! I have never used orzo at home, but this looks easy enough to make and I am sure my family will love it.

  15. What an interesting dish and I can substitute vegetable broth instead of chicken and make it a vegetarian dish for us. Love that lemon is used and bet the taste is unusual and great.

  16. It sounds yummy and looks so refreshing!

  17. I love this. It’s perfect for the warm months ahead.

  18. Yummy! That would be a great side item for some of my favorite dishes.

  19. Thanks for sharing this delicious food. I wanna prepare this but what is chives finely? I don’t understand and really don’t know this ingredients. Can you please tell me in details?

  20. Chives makes everything 200x better – need to try this recipe!

  21. I love the simplicity of this dish.

    Oh, and your intro gave me an idea! My mom used to make me PB&J and alphabet soup for lunch… unfortunately, my kids really don’t like soup all that much. However, I know that they (especially my oldest) would love this orzo dish. Maybe I should make this and serve it with a PB&J. I know it might seem like a unique combo, but I bet my boys would be thrilled.

  22. I have a deep love for orzo and am always looking for new ways to make it. I really like the refreshing lemon suggestion!

  23. What a pretty lunch! Food usually isn’t pretty but that dish is simple and inviting. The photography is gorgeous, too!

  24. I have never had orzo before, looking at the photo above I thought it was rice. I can’t wait to try this, thank you for sharing this recipe.

  25. This looks absolutely delicious. I love anything with a lemon flavor.

  26. Ooh sounds yummy! I’m not typically big on lemon but this time of year I love it- and I LOVE chives.

  27. Allison Downes says:

    This looks yummy. I have never made orzo before. I love to make dishes with lemon, especially around this time of year because it brightens up the dish a bit. Thanks for sharing!

  28. This looks so good! I’ve never made orzo before, but it looks amazing and I love lemon so I might give it a try. :)

  29. I don’t like heavy meals so this looks delicious to me. I love the lemon which lightens it up and adds tang. This is a great idea.

  30. This looks delicious! Sometimes I like to mix in light meals during the week this sounds like a perfect addition topped with asparagus!

  31. I love orzo, I bet the lemon gives it a nice kick!

  32. This looks so delicious and I love how simple it is to make.

  33. This sounds lovely and would be very easy to make vegetarian with vegetable broth. Thank you for sharing with us all and have a lovely day.

  34. I don’t like chives, but the rest of this sounds excellent!

  35. Sandy Cain says:

    This looks very nice! The lemon must give it a sparkling touch that wakens your tastebuds, I will try it! You’re right – so much better than a PB&J!

  36. Kitty Iecvan says:

    I love orzo! This looks like a simple and delicious recipe! I might pair this with some roasted veggies!

  37. I love orzo! I love that this recipe is easy. Plus you could always add some chicken to it and you are set for dinner.

  38. Sandra VanHoey says:

    I have had all kinds of pasta before, just never this kind. This recipe however sure looks great

  39. Julie Wood says:

    I have never had Orzo pasta, but this recipe to make Lemon Orzo with chives looks so delicious! I am going to make it for a side dish. I just ate my first bowl of Quiona and I really liked it.

  40. Lisa Konieczke says:

    I have never made orzo before. I am always looking for something new to make. This looks like a yummy dish and I too would prefer it over the PB&J. Pinning.

  41. Oh yum, this looks so light and fresh. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Taylor Allen says:

    This looks so good! I pinned it and will make it one of these days. It probably won’t look as good as yours though lol

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