So as you read this today….I am knee deep in cleaning my kitchen. I got a call on Monday morning that a major network wanted to come and “scout” our kitchen for a series. Yikes! We are so flippin excited…but trying to not get too excited. The producers are looking at a few other homes in our neighborhood…and we are by far not the grandest house in town….But we are beyond thrilled that our kitchen is being considered. Fingers and toes crossed mkay? :)

My babies turned 15 last week.  15 seems so much older than 14. I’m sure I say that every year but it is a little hard to believe 3 years from now my kids will be off at college. I’m so proud of the young adults that they are turning into.  I pray that they continue to always stays true to who they are.
Every year I let them pick what they want me to cook for their birthday. This year Emily picked lemon chicken orzo. I had never made it all in one dish until I tried this recipe. We all loved it except my son who thought it was just a little too lemony. I think that it is probably one of the easiest things I have ever put together. I was very concerned because it was so “liquidy” when I put it in the oven…but after 40 minutes it becomes creamy and complete comfort food. Fancy enough for company and quick enough for a weeknight meal.

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I was very very skeptical about this recipe. I adapted from Martha Stewart website. That one called for feta cheese…not a fan. I substituted a good quality medium white cheddar that melted perfect. You literally dump everything into a casserole dish…including the raw chicken. The only prior “cooking” you do is to melt the butter into the broth prior to pouring into the casserole dish. 40 minutes on the dot…done and incredibly creamy.

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Cheesy Lemon Chicken Orzo

Tracie at CleverlyInspired
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6


  • 4 C low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 T butter
  • 1 1/4 t kosher salt
  • 1/4 t pepper
  • 1.5 lb raw chicken tenderloins cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 lb orzo
  • 1/5 C white cheddar shredded
  • 1/4 C fresh dill chopped
  • 2 t lemon zest
  • 1 T fresh lemon juice
  • 1 C grated Parmesan


  • Preheat oven to 400
  • In a saucepan, bring broth, butter, 3/4 C water, salt and pepper to boil.
  • In a 3 qt casserole dish, combine chicken, orzo, cheddar, dill, zest, lemon juice.
  • Pour broth mixture over orzo and stir everything to combine. Will be very liquidy.
  • Bake 40 minutes.
  • Top with parmesan..let stand 5 minutes and serve:)

I promise it does not disappoint and I am betting everyone in the family will love it:)

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And I will keep you posted….we know our chances are a long shot…but it is still fun to consider the possibility that our sweet kitchen might be a star:)


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Tracie Stoll is a wife, mom and has a passion for creating new things. On her blog she is constantly sharing ways to inspire her readers to be clever in their own home. Since 2010 Tracie has been sharing DIY projects, crafting, remodeling and decorating along with some easy tasty recipes...all on a mindful budget. She is a graduate of the University of Dayton where she studied visual art and communications. Tracie has been featured on popular sites such as Country Living, CNN living, Good Housekeeping, Better Homes and Gardens, Huffington Post, Apartment Therapy, Seventeen and Design Sponge. She is also a member of the True Value Blog Squad & Martha's Circle of trusted bloggers.

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  1. omg, that’s such exciting news!!!! I hope you get chosen so that we can follow the story :) And that orzo recipe looks delicious. I actually try a lot of your recipes. The Healthy Chicken Pot Pie has become a winter favorite of ours and last night I tried the baked brussels sprouts….yummers!

  2. Exciting about your kitchen!! Mine would have to go on America’s Ugliest Kitchens, LOL.. We currently have white plate rack and glass door cabinets on one wall, new stained upper cabinets on other wall, old, 1962 original cabinets on the bottom!! Hubs drives me crazy.
    That recipe will definitely be on our menu soon. Easy, tasty, my kind of cooking!

  3. This was soooooooooooooo good!!! Oh my gosh! simply amazing and is definitely on my “to do again list”. More likely on my “to do again soon list”. :) I brought left overs today and was getting a ton of “ummm that smells good” compliments from others – to the point where I had to quickly run to my desk as I think some of them were sizing me up to see if they could take me and therefore get my lunch. haha just kidding, but it really was a terrific dinner, thanks!

    1. So happy you loved it too!

  4. Tracie, thanks for this. I made orzo recently but it wasn’t very good. I’d like to try something different. I’m a new food blogger and found you on a link party. I’ve followed your social sites and hope we can connect on those. Can’t wait to read more of your blog. Becky

  5. Tried this last night and it was a huge success. Thanks for sharing….I’ll definitely be making this again :)

    1. So happy you loved it too!!!

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