One Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken with Orzo

One Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken with Orzo– filled with juicy chicken, marinated artichokes, lemony orzo, and fresh spinach.

One Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Chicken with Orzo

This One Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken with Orzo, my friends, is an absolute winner! It’s a one pot wonder and doesn’t get much easier or more delicious! It comes together in under 30 minutes and is healthy, incredibly tasty, and perfect for busy weeknights at home.

It’s simple enough for a busy weeknight, but has a fancy flare that would be perfect for hosting friends or dinner parties as well.

One Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Chicken with Orzo

Here is what you will need to make this One Skillet Spinach Artichoke Chicken with Orzo:

  • 3-4 T olive oil, more as needed
  • 1.5 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken thighs (about 5-6 thighs)
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 1/2 c dried orzo
  • 2 c chicken broth
  • 1 c dry white wine (I used pinot Grigio)
  • 1-12 oz jar marinated artichokes, drained
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 3-4 handfuls fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, for serving, optional
  • Parmesan, for serving, optional

What can I substitute for the wine in this recipe?

No problem! You can substitute an equal amount of chicken broth in place of the wine or you could always use a non-alcoholic cooking wine as well. Most grocery stores carry this.

One Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Chicken with Orzo

What can you use in place of chicken thighs?

I love using chicken thighs in this recipe because they get a crispy exterior but still remain tender and juicy, however, you can substitute chicken cutlets (a chicken cutlet is a chicken breast halved horizontally or just thinly sliced chicken breasts) and follow the instructions from there.

One Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Chicken with Orzo

Is orzo an absolute must?

You don’t have to use orzo by any means, however, it pairs perfectly with the juicy chicken and artichokes. You could also use any small pasta, couscous, or rice. Just be prepared to adjust the cook time depending on what you choose.

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Spinach Artichoke Chicken Orzo Skillet

One Skillet Spinach and Artichoke Chicken with Orzo
  • Author: Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 20
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-5 1x

Ingredients

  • 34 T olive oil, more as needed
  • 11.5 lbs boneless, skinless, chicken thighs (about 56 thighs)
  • 3/4 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 T butter
  • 1 1/2 c dried orzo
  • 2 c chicken broth
  • 1 c dry white wine (I used pinot Grigio)
  • 112 oz jar marinated artichokes, drained
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 34 handfuls fresh spinach
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, for serving, optional
  • Parmesan, for serving, optional
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Instructions

  1. Heat the oil in a large cast iron skillet over medium-high heat.  Season the chicken all over with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.  When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken and cook for 5-6 minutes per side, until golden.  Transfer to a clean plate on the side.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, add butter, garlic, and orzo; cook until orzo is toasted and garlic fragrant, 1-2 minutes. Add the wine to the skillet and use your spoon to get all the brown bits off the bottom.
  3. Now add chicken broth, artichokes, lemon juice, and season with salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and cover, stirring every few minutes, until orzo is cooked and liquid has reduced, about 10-15 minutes.
  4. Add spinach and toss to combine. Nestle the chicken back into the skillet and simmer for a few extra minutes making sure chicken is cooked through.  Option to top with parmesan and serve with lemon wedges.
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2 Comments

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    Gina C
    January 24, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    Made this tonight and it was delicious! I was looking for something different to make with thighs and this was perfect. I chopped the artichokes and sprinkled feta instead of parm on top. I LOVE one pan dinners! Thanks for this!

    • Reply
      Lindsay Cola (Tippens)
      February 9, 2022 at 9:10 pm

      Hi Gina!! Oh YUM!! Feta sounds like a fantastic addition- I will have to try next time! Thanks so much for sharing and I’m so happy you enjoyed it!

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