Creamy Romano Chicken Farro

This Creamy Romano Chicken Farro makes a delicious side dish or light dinner. Add any vegetables you have in the fridge that need using up!

Creamy Romano Chicken Farro by Picky Palate

Creamy Romano Chicken Farro

Have you tried farro before? I just had some of the best farro I’ve ever had in Park City a couple weekends ago from the amazing Deer Valley Resort chefs. It was cheesy and fabulous. I made my own version for you today, it is down right irresistible.

10 Minute Farro

I  highly recommend this 10 minute Farro from Trader Joe’s–it literally cooks up in 10 minutes. Quick and easy! Farro is one of those ancient grains. The best part is there’s plenty of vitamins A, B, C, & E, fiber, protein, and magnesium. For more info on Farro, see here.

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How to Make the Cheese Sauce

Time to make the cheese sauce. Start by melting your butter and whisking in your flour, salt and pepper.

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Slowly whisk in your milk until thickened and hot.

Romano Cheese

Stir in your cheese, I used fresh grated Romano cheese today. A delicious choice.

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Stir for a few minutes until nice and thick.

Romano Cheese Sauce

Putting Together Your Chicken Farro

Pour your cheese sauce into the cooked Farro.

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Dip your finger in just for kicks 🙂

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Oh yah!!

Asparagus and Chicken

I used some steamed asparagus, but haricot vert works great as well. Stir in some cooked shredded chicken too.

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Wait until you taste this. I topped mine with a little hot sauce for a little kick. Enjoy!

Creamy Romano Chicken Farro by Picky Palate

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Creamy Romano Chicken Farro

This Creamy Romano Chicken Farro makes a delicious side dish or light dinner. Add any vegetables you have in the fridge that need using up!
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Italian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 317kcal
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  • 8.8 oz farro
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 4 tbsp all purpose flour I used Gold Medal
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups milk I used unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup romano cheese freshly grated
  • 1/2 lb steamed asparagus cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cup cooked shredded chicken


  • Cook farro according to package directions. Drain and set aside for a few minutes.
  • Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Whisk in flour, salt and pepper whisking until thickened and bubbly, about 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in milk, stirring until thickened. This takes a few minutes. When thickened, add cheese, stirring until melted.
  • Place cooked farro into a large saucepan over medium-low heat. Pour cheese sauce over farro and add steamed asparagus and cooked shredded chicken. 
  • Stir and season with additional salt and pepper to taste.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 38mg | Sodium: 411mg | Potassium: 207mg | Fiber: 8g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 2.1mg | Calcium: 301mg | Iron: 2.2mg
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27 Responses
  1. Molly L.

    I made this tonight and it was INSANE! I made a few substitutes (1/2 the amount of farro replaced with shredded Brussels sprouts) and my husband and I ate all but one serving. It was SO good- he loved it and it reminded me of a more hearty version of Mac & cheese. It will be a regular meal in our house 🙂

  2. Deebee

    I had the luck to be going by a Trader Joes one day and picked up the quick cooking farro. I made this dish and it’s delicious. Although I omitted the chicken in this dish it was still delicious. I served it with sesame crusted Ahi tuna with a wasabi cream sauce on the side. I love the ‘bite’ of the farro. It’s very filling, too. I’m a barley lover and farro reminds me of barley.. but with more chewiness to it. I added snow peas to my dish. Asparagus will be on sale next week. I’ll try it again with the chicken!

  3. Denise

    Hello. A friend of mine told me about your blog and “Cooking With Mr. C.” on Facebook. I now have two favorites. Keep up the great work. Denise

  4. Lindsay

    Looks awesome. I’ve never had Farro… what does it taste like or does it even matter with the cheese sauce?

  5. Cookbook Queen

    I have never had farro, but this looks fabulous!! Can’t go wrong with cheese sauce 🙂

  6. Julie @ Table for Two

    Farro looks like a versatile dish! I need to get my hands on some 🙂 this looks great with that cheesy sauce!

  7. Heather Christo

    oh yum! I have never seen Farro made any other way except a salad I guess? But this looks amazing and cheesy and delicious!!

  8. Ali @ Inspiralized

    I recently bought a big bag of farro and have been slowly using it, but need more inspiration – this came at a perfect time! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  9. Tieghan

    Looks so creamy and delicious! I have never tried farro, but the way you just made it looks too good not to try!

  10. Melanie @

    I love that my fellow bloggers challenge me to try new things. I’ve never tried farro. Now I’m curious. Looks delicious!

  11. Julia @ hungryandconfused

    I’ve never tried farro, but this looks like a creamy risotto, so I’ll definitely be giving it a go.

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