Apple and Chicken Orzo

Take weeknight pasta to a new level with this delicious dish! In this recipe, apple cider combines with soy sauce to create a subtle, but flavorful topping for a vegetable-filled dish that is done in less than 30 minutes.

Serves: 6Hands-on: 20 minutesTotal: 20 minutesDifficulty: Easy

Serves: 6


  • 1 Tbsp. butter
  • 1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 Tbsp. garlic powder
  • 1 tsp. ground ginger
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ¼ tsp. ground black pepper
  • 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and diced
  • 4 medium carrots, peeled, and thinly sliced
  • 1 medium sweet apple, peeled, cored, and chopped
  • 1 bunch asparagus, chopped into 1–2" pieces
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • 1 cup apple cider, divided
  • 1½ Tbsp. cornstarch
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 1 package (16 oz.) orzo, cooked


  • Add butter to a large wok or skillet. Add chicken and cook until browned, about 3–5 minutes. Add garlic powder, ginger, salt, and pepper. Add onion, carrots, apples, asparagus, cranberries, and ¼ cup apple cider. Stir-fry until vegetables are tender, about 5–7 minutes.
  • While vegetables are cooking, combine remaining ¾ cup apple cider, cornstarch, and soy sauce. Whisk over low heat until smooth and slightly thickened.
  • Add orzo to stir-fry pan and top with the apple/soy sauce. Stir in pan for one minute, remove from heat, and serve hot.