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Chicken Cutlets with Pan Sauce
and orzo / green beans

Active: 35 minTotal: 35 min

A quick pan sauce can add an easy, elegant touch to a simple weeknight meal. Sour cream gives the sauce in this recipe a rich texture and tangy flavor. A version of this recipe used turkey back in 2016.


Chicken Cutlets with Pan Sauce and Orzo:
  • Pasta, uncooked orzo - 3/4 cup (sub any small pasta shape)
  • Chives (opt) - 2 tsp, chopped
  • Chicken breasts, boneless and skinless - 1 lb, sliced and pounded thin
  • Flour, all-purpose - 1/3 cup
  • Salt - 1 tsp
  • Black pepper - 1/2 tsp
  • Oil, cooking - 2 Tbsp
  • Stock, any type - 1 cup
  • Lemon juice - 2 Tbsp
  • Sour cream - 1/3 cup (sub plain or Greek yogurt)
Steamed Green Beans with Lemon and Almonds:
  • Green beans - 1 lb, trimmed
  • Butter - 2 Tbsp
  • Lemons - 1, zest of
  • Almonds, sliced - 1/4 cup

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  1. Pasta - Cook according to package directions. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  2. Green beans - Trim green beans. (Can be done up to 5 days ahead)
  3. Chives (if using) - Chop chives. (Can be done up to 2 days ahead)
  4. Chicken - Halve and thin out to about 1/2” / 1.3 cm thickness. (Can be done 1 day ahead)
  5. Prep breading - Whisk together flour, salt, and pepper in a shallow bowl.


  1. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Add oil. Working in batches if needed, quickly coat chicken in breading (shake off excess) and transfer chicken to heated oil.
  2. Sear chicken on both sides until golden brown and cooked through, 5 to 6 minutes total. Set chicken aside and cover to keep warm.
  3. When all of the chicken is cooked, return pan to heat and add stock and lemon juice, scraping up any brown bits on the bottom of the pan. Simmer sauce until it reduces down to nearly the thickness of oil, 3 to 4 minutes. (Note: be patient with this step. Reducing the liquid significantly is what will prevent the sauce from "breaking" when you add the sour cream.)
  4. While pan sauce reduces, place green beans in a microwave-safe bowl. Cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on high until tender, 3 to 4 minutes.
  5. Toss green beans with butter and lemon zest. Season with some salt and pepper. Top with almonds.
  6. Return to pan sauce when it has reduced. Remove from heat and whisk in sour cream and chives. Season with some salt and pepper.
  7. If pasta was made ahead, reheat in the microwave.
  8. Serve chicken over orzo with pan sauce on top. Enjoy green beans on the side.

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This meal has 45 reviews

I was looking forward to this. The sauce had a slightly too lemony taste but it was all still great!

By: Kimberly
Posted: Sep 18, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free

The sauce was amazing!

By: Marta
Posted: Aug 17, 2019
Diet: Original

My family loved this meal and asked me to make it again! Slight changes: I used whole einkorn flour for the breading. I used ditalini (ran out of orzo) and added a little olive oil, sour cream, and chives after draining it. Simple yet delicious! Update: Made the chicken and sauce again. So good! I served it with rice and sweet potato fries.

By: Stephanie
Posted: Aug 07, 2019
Diet: Original

Took me a while to find Halloumi but it was so worth it.

By: Ryan
Posted: Aug 04, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

I was surprised by how much I liked this. I subbed soft tofu and greek yogurt, but it was creamy and tangy and really good.

By: Chelsea
Posted: Jul 28, 2019
Diet: Vegetarian

Simple and delicious. Per other reviews, I doubled the sauce recipe and it was perfect.

By: Aileen
Posted: Jul 23, 2019
Diet: Gluten-free