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One skillet Creamy Orzo Chicken with Artichoke Hearts- a deliciously cozy dinner, made with simple pantry ingredients, perfect for busy weeknights.
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Ingredients in Creamy Orzo Chicken
- Chicken Thighs – bone-in, skin-on, or sub chicken breasts or skinless thighs, see notes.
- salt and pepper
- olive oil
- onion- or sub leeks or shallots
- garlic cloves
- thyme (or sub sage, or rosemary)
- orzo pasta
- dijon mustard
- chicken broth
- sour cream, or sub-full-fat yogurt
- artichoke hearts- jarred and packed in water, or use frozen.
- fresh spinach, or sub other wiltable greens.
- lemon zest
How to make Creamy Orzo Chicken
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Season the chicken on all sides generously with salt and pepper. A good rule of thumb is one scant teaspoon of salt per pound of chicken.
- Pan-sear each side until perfectly golden, and the skin is crispy- then set aside on a plate.
- Saute the onion, garlic and thyme.
- Add the orzo and toast in the pan for 1 minute.
- Add the chicken broth and salt.
- Stir in the mustard.
- Cover and simmer for 4-5 minutes.
- Stir in the sour cream.
- If it seems dry, stir in more broth- a good rule of thumb is when you shake the pan, the mixture should level out.
- Stir in the spinach and artichokes.
- Nestle in the chicken thighs.
Bake uncovered until the chicken thighs are cooked through (170F) and the edges are bubbling about 20 minutes. Broil the skin for extra crispy.
Garnish the Creamy Orzo Chicken with lemon zest.
Serve this meal on it’s own or with roasted asparagus, or 15-Minute broccoli, Green Beans with Hazelnuts and Lemon!or a tasty green salad.
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One Skillet Creamy Orzo Chicken with Artichoke Hearts– a deliciously cozy dinner, made with simple pantry ingredients, perfect for busy weeknights.
- 4 chicken thighs (bone-in, skin-on, or use chicken breast, see notes)
- salt and pepper (1 scant teaspoon salt, per pound of chicken)
- 1–2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 onion, diced
- 4 garlic cloves, rough chopped
- 1 tablespoon fresh thyme ( or one teaspoon dried, or sub sage or rosemary)
- 1 cup orzo pasta
- 2 teaspoons dijon mustard
- 2 1/2 cups chicken broth, more as needed
- ¼–½ teaspoon salt
- 1/4 cup sour cream; add more for extra creamy- sub-full-fat plain yogurt or heavy cream
- 1 1/2 cup artichoke hearts, packed in water, drained. Or sub frozen artichoke hearts, peas, edamame, etc.
- 2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
- 4–6 thyme sprigs
- Lemon zest for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400F
- Pat chicken dry and season both sides with salt and pepper.
- Sear the chicken: In a large (10-11 inch) oven-proof skillet, heat 1 teaspoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Sear the skin side first 4-5 minutes, until beautifully golden and crispy, turn over, and sear the other side 3-4 minutes. Set chicken aside on a plate.
- Saute: Lower heat to medium-low, and to the same skillet, add a tablespoon of olive oil, onions, garlic and thyme. Saute 4-5 minutes until lightly golden and fragrant. Add the orzo, stirring 1-2 minutes. Add 2 cups of broth, scrape up any brown bits, stir in 1/4 teaspoon salt and mustard and bring to simmer, and cover for 4-5 minutes, or until orzo is al dente and has soaked up most of the liquid.
- Stir in the remaining 1/2 cup of broth and adjust the salt to taste (I added another 1/4 teaspoon.)
- Stir in sour cream, spinach, and artichoke hearts. Give the pan a shake, it should level out nicely. If it’s too dry to level out, then add more chicken stock or water to loosen it up.
- Nestle in the chicken, arrange some the artichokes, so they are showing, and place in the oven and bake uncovered until the chicken registers 170F and the very edges of the pan are bubbling – about 20 -25 minutes. Broil the chicken for a few minutes for extra crispy skin.
- Garnish with fresh lemon zest.
Feel free to use 1 lb chicken breasts. I recommend cutting the breasts into 1-inch bite-sized pieces, seasoning and browning them, then stirring them into the orzo mixture, rather than nestling them on top. They’ll need less baking time- check at 10-15 minutes.
If using heavy cream instead of sour cream, add few drops of lemon juice to give it a tanginess.
Leftovers last 4 days in the fridge.
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