I love orzo! They are just a fun and tasty way to add pasta to any recipe. They also cook quick which makes them a perfect addition to freeze dried foods since this recipe will be on the table in under 20 minutes.
We're using the Thrive Life chopped chicken but you can choose to use the Thrive Life seasoned chicken slices or Thrive Life grilled seasoned chicken slices for the recipe. The chopped chicken that I'm using is still in the smaller pieces but there was a recent upgrade that the chopped chicken will come in larger pieces now. Thrive Life chopped chicken is a great way to keep this low sodium as the other Thrive chickens are already seasoned so they do have a higher sodium content.
To keep this recipe low sodium, we're using the Herb-Ox chicken bouillon that's sodium free. 1 teaspoon of Herb-Ox chicken bouillon equals 1 teaspoon regular chicken bouillon. If you aren't following a low sodium diet, you can substitute the Herb-Ox chicken bouillon for Thrive chicken bouillon which is on sale this month. Herb-Ox chicken bouillon can be purchase in packets or in a jar. We've been buying the jar.
We used Thrive Life cheddar cheese and did refresh it prior to this meal. If you don't refresh it first, this may take an extra 5 minutes to cook and refresh the cheese. Refreshing cheese is easy and I have the simple and fast way to do it in this video. Since refreshed cheese lasts about 5 days in the fridge, we keep some on hand because it's a yummy topper for salads.
Low Sodium Cheesy Chicken And Orzo Skillet Recipe
- 3/4 c. Orzo
- 1 tablespoon butter
- 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
- 1/2 teaspoon thyme leaves
- 3/4 c. Thrive chopped chicken
- 3/4 c. Thrive mushrooms
- 1 c. Thrive broccoli
- 1/8 c. Thrive chopped onions
- 1/2 c. Thrive shredded cheddar cheese
- 1/2 c. sour cream
- 2 teaspoons worcestershire sauce
- 2 teaspoons parsley
- 1 teaspoon Herb-Ox sodium free chicken bouillon (or sub Thrive chicken bouillon if not following low sodium)
- 2 1/2 c. water
Add orzo, butter, minced garlic and thyme to pot to slightly brown the orzo.
Once slightly browned, add in remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Once simmering, cover for 10-15 minutes until orzo is cooked. Stir occasionally and watch water levels. If there's too much water, leave uncovered while simmering. If there's not enough water, add in small amounts. You want enough water to refresh the freeze dried ingredients and cook the orzo.
Why use Thrive Life Freeze Dried Foods?
Thrive freeze dried foods are different than any other kind you’ll find on the market.
- These foods won’t spoil in a few days…or even a few weeks. They’re good.
- You won’t be thawing, degreasing, or cutting raw meat.
- You won’t be chopping veggies or washing and peeling fruit.
- There’s an extra burst of flavor you won’t find anywhere else! Just take a bite!
- Just toss in any meal or refresh (rehydrate) in warm water.
- Free of GMOs, preservatives, artificial nonsense and chemical junk
- The Nutrilock Promise! It's our little secret that makes our food higher in nutrients and freeze-dried fresh all year long. It's a rigorous 41 step process that one Thrive Life owns, and it takes that wild, naturally ripened food and gently locks in the nutrients and flavor without the use of preservatives. Can the grocery store do that?
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