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Chicken Meatballs with Peppers and Orzo

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Chicken Meatballs with Peppers and Orzo! The BEST combo. Quick craven meatballs, appealing amazon booze with garlic and peppers, and a silky-creamy accumulation of hot orzo on the side.

Chicken meatballs with peppers and orzo = the absolute banquet BOMB, like, in a absolutely acceptable way.

This compound aloof absolutely gets me excited.

Not to be affecting but in my acquaintance there’s article bewitched about the aggregate of panko and Parmesan loaded quick craven meatballs (remember these Baked Craven Meatballs?), appealing amazon booze with garlic and sautéed peppers, and a silky-creamy-delicious accumulation of hot orzo on the side. This is the affectionate of compound that aloof calls you beeline home to the banquet table, you know?

Basically this compound has two basic steps.

  1. Roll your craven meatballs.
  2. Chop your peppers.
Peppers and garlic in a bowl.

Now baker them and amalgamate them.

Add a can of amazon booze and capers because YUM. So acrid and briney.

Chicken meatballs and peppers in a pan.

And accumulation assimilate hot, creamy, abominable orzo.

I fabricated abundance buttery with mascarpone cheese but honestly, you don’t charge to be that added about it. Aloof get article that’s activity to creamify the orzo a bit and bung it calm while the orzo is hot.

Chicken meatballs with peppers and orzo in a bowl.

Mostly I’d like to go on almanac and say that this aloof tastes like heaven in a bowl.

The ideal chaw involves a cut allotment of aureate amber craven meatball, additional a acceptable blanket of amazon sauce, a few pieces of pepper and maybe alike some bitey capers, additional a little beat of creamy, abominable orzo all up in there to antithesis it all out.

Yes to that, times 100 added bites.

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Chicken Meatballs with Peppers and Orzo

  • Author: Lindsay
  • Absolute Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x


Chicken Meatballs with Peppers and Orzo! The BEST combo. Quick craven meatballs, appealing amazon booze with garlic and peppers, and a silky-creamy accumulation of hot orzo on the side.



Chicken Meatballs:

  • 1 batter ground turkey or chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup panko
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 teaspoon each garlic powder, onion powder, and adequate salt


  • 2 ample cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 cups sliced peppers (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup capers (optional)
  • 1 14-ounce can plain amazon sauce
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt (more or beneath to taste)

Creamy Orzo:

  • 8 ounces basic orzo
  • 1/4 cup of article buttery – I acclimated mascarpone, but you could additionally use cream cheese, dupe cheese, cream, or butter
  • kosher salt, Parmesan, and parsley for finishing


  1. Meatballs: Mix meatball capacity together. Cycle into meatballs. Calefaction a bucket over average aerial heat. Add a absorb of olive oil. Add meatballs and baker until browned on all sides. Abolish from pan and set aside.
  2. Sauce: Add peppers and garlic to the aforementioned pan, additional a little added oil if you charge it. Get all the aperitive browned $.25 off the basal of the pan. Sauté for 5-10 minutes.
  3. Sauce: Add meatballs aback into the pan. Activity in amazon booze and capers. Accompany to a low simmer and let it adhere out (add a little baptize if it gets too dry).
  4. Orzo: Baker orzo according to amalgamation directions. Cesspool and bung with article creamy. Division with salt, Parmesan, and parsley.
  5. You’re Done: Bowl and serve! Top with added Parmesan and parsley because you are aloof that fancy.


Peppers: I acclimated mini peppers which are baby and sweet! You can additionally use approved alarm peppers if you cut them into attenuate strips or baby pieces.

  • Prep Time: 20 mins
  • Cook Time: 45 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Sauté
  • Cuisine: Italian-Inspired

Keywords: craven meatballs, orzo pasta, one pot meal, weeknight recipe, accessible recipe

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    After attractive at this image, I had a anticipation about a acceptable Brooklyn appearance adorable Italian meatball sandewich with added cheese! 🙂

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Looks yumm! Orzo is not calmly accessible in India but anytime back you mentioned abacus mascarpone to it, I’m dying to try this. What abroad can that be added to afar from orzo? I’ve never absolutely added mascarpone to annihilation afar from tiramisu let abandoned to any savoury dish, appropriately the abashing :/

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Do you anticipate you could baker aggregate and freeze? Or how could I about-face this into a freezer meal? Sounds yummy!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Hi! I accept the hardest time befitting the alfresco of my meatballs from accepting too crispy. Any suggestions?

      I adulation your recipes – authoritative this one appropriate now!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Is there abundant booze for the meatballs to aloof go beeline in to baker … rather than browning first? Aloof curious. Acknowledge you!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This compound was so GOOOD!! And SO accessible for a weeknight meal! I had added garlic and chive chrism cheese on duke for the orzo and it came out great!

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Would greek yogurt assignment as my “something creamy” or would that appear out tasting funny?

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      We haven’t activated this application Greek yogurt yet, so it’s adamantine for us to say. If you do try it out, we’d acclaim application abounding fat Greek yogurt to abstain it actuality too tangy.

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    Michelle Wissmeyer

    I fabricated this for banquet tonight and it was delicious!! The alone affair I afflicted was I fabricated my own marinara booze instead of application canned amazon sauce. Acknowledge you for the alarming recipe!

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Made this aftermost night and it was so good! Came calm in 30 min and fabricated for abundant assortment the abutting day. Abacus it to my rotation.

  9. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This looks great. I’m activity to accomplish it tonight. I accomplish your craven meatballs consistently so this will be a nice change. I anticipate I”ll still broil them aboriginal admitting and again add to the sauce. Seems easier to me – admitting apparently not as moist. Thanks!

  10. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Yum! Could you add ricotta cheese for the “something creamy”? Or would that end up with the amiss texture?

  11. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this for banquet as I had arena turkey in the fridge. It was adorable and easy! It will absolutely become allotment of our rotation.

  12. Pinch of Yum Logo
    Nicole H

    As always, absolute compound that anybody loved. Why haven’t I anticipation to accomplish buttery orzo before!? Didn’t change a thing, aloof added some pasta baptize to the pan to get a bit added sauce. Can’t delay to accomplish afresh and canyon this compound forth 🙂

  13. Pinch of Yum Logo

    thats attending delicious, i will definetly try to fabricated it with my mom back i am home this weekend

  14. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I fabricated this aftermost night and it was a HIT. I concluded up acceleration the booze compound back I accomplished I had adapted a 16 oz amalgamation of orzo, but angled perfectly. Acknowledgment for addition abundant recipe.

  15. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This compound was amazing! I cut the sauce/orzo in bisected but fabricated all the craven meatballs. Included bisected the meatballs in this recipe, broiled and froze the added bisected (because I baker for alone myself and it’s a affliction to save 1/2 lb arena meat). I adulation orzo but this was my aboriginal time application mascarpone, and I anticipation they were absolute together.

    One complaint is my meatballs started to bake in the pan afore they were adapted through, and I’ve noticed that’s a botheration back I baker craven with olive oil. I apparently should’ve accomplished that advanced of time and subbed a altered affable oil, but I managed to save them afore they got too amber and I broiled in the amazon booze with some added baptize to get them adapted all the way. Concluded up actuality absolutely dank and delicious!

  16. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I amount this a 20 out of 10. WOW. I could alcohol this sauce. No really, I anticipation about it! This one is a keeper!