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creamy chicken orzo with sundried tomatoes in a skillet
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One Pot Chicken and Orzo

One Pot Chicken and Orzo - a delicious creamy orzo one pot dish with chicken thighs, orzo and sun dried tomatoes. All in one pot, easy, quick and prefect for a weeknight dinner!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Dinner, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: chicken and orzo, one pot, one pot chicken and orzo
Servings: 6
Calories: 582kcal


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 chicken thighs with skin and bone in
  • 1 teaspoon seasoning salt or to taste
  • 2 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 cup orzo
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 cups chicken broth low sodium
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup basil chopped


  • Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Season the chicken thighs with seasoning salt on both sides. Place the chicken thighs in the skillet and fry on both sides until no longer pink inside, about 5 min per side, but each cooktop is different so you'll have to watch it.
  • Remove the chicken from the skillet and set aside. Dump the leftover oil from the skillet but do not scrape the brown bits, leave those for the sauce.
  • Add 2 tbsp of butter and melt over medium heat. Add the chopped onion, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, red pepper flakes and cook for about 5 minutes, just until the onion is soft and translucent.
  • Add the orzo, heavy cream, chicken broth and Parmesan cheese to the skillet and stir everything together. Bring to a boil, taste for seasoning and adjust with salt and pepper as necessary.
  • Add the chicken back to the skillet, reduce heat to low and simmer for 15 minutes or until the orzo is cooked and most of the sauce has been evaporated or absorbed by the orzo.
  • Remove from heat and sprinkle with fresh basil.


  1. Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container in for 3 to 5 days.
  2. Transfer the chicken and orzo to an airtight container and freeze up to 2 months.
  3. Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.


Serving: 241g | Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 26g | Protein: 27g | Fat: 42g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Cholesterol: 178mg | Sodium: 596mg | Potassium: 575mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 938IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 106mg | Iron: 2mg