This simple One Skillet Creamy Artichoke Chicken Marsala and Orzo makes for the best any night of the week dinner that feels extra special. Lightly breaded chicken seared until golden with nutty browned butter. The chicken is finished in a simple marsala wine pan sauce with fried artichokes and orzo pasta. And a major bonus…it’s all made entirely in one skillet. Every spoonful is layered with delicious, spring flavors, lemony fried artichokes, and creamy pasta. The perfect way to spend a relaxing night in the kitchen with family and friends.
I know I’ve said it before, but I really love a one skillet dinner. It takes the effort and stress out of the busy weeknight dinner. And for whatever reason, they’re always layered with so many delicious flavors. And that’s definitely the case with this chicken marsala which I adapted a bit for spring.
Back in the fall, I made a chicken marsala with mushrooms. It turned out so delicious and it’s been one of my favorite recipes I’ve shared in a long while. Basically, I wanted to adapt that recipe to be a little more fitting for spring. And that’s when I had the idea to also include a little orzo pasta into the mix.
Yes, orzo pasta, dinner all in one! So, I tried, and well, long story short, it turned out beyond delicious. Pasta is never a bad idea…
Here are the quick and simple details…
If you love a good chicken marsala, you’ll love this slight twist even more. It’s all about the lemony fried artichokes and or course that orzo pasta.
Start with the chicken. If you’ve made chicken parmesan this is very similar. Just dredge the chicken through a mix of flour, then pan-sear it in a hot skillet. This allows the chicken to form a nice golden crust on the outside. Using thin chicken cutlets is key. The thin chicken cooks evenly and browns nicely in a short amount of time.
Tip: if your grocery store does not carry chicken cutlets, as a swap, try asking your butcher to pound out chicken breasts for you. This is super easy to do at home, but truthfully…it’s just not that much fun. The butcher can quickly pound out the chicken and save you the trouble…and the mess.
Pan-sear the chicken, then add in the butter. The butter browns around the chicken creating an even more delicious flavor.
Now the artichokes, the best part! The key is frying them in a little butter before adding anything else to the skillet. They’ll get a little crispy and take on a pretty golden brown color.
Once the artichokes have had time to crisp up, toss in the shallots, garlic, and lots of thyme. Again, allow that butter to brown, creating an even more delicious flavor.
Also, if you like, you could easily replace the artichokes with asparagus or broccoli. I think both would be delicious!
At this point, just add in the wine, simmer until reduced, then stir in the cream and a light squeeze of lemon juice. I find this brightens and lightens the flavors up a bit. Allow everything to simmer and thicken into a delicious creamy sauce.
Finish it up.
And then, that’s it.
I like to top with fresh thyme, then serve this up immediately. As the orzo sits, it will continue to soak up the sauce, so this is really best to enjoy right after cooking. But don’t worry the leftovers are still delicious too!
Perfect for just about any night of the week. I love how quickly and easily this comes together. It really is one of those “no fuss”, easy, delicious dinners that everyone loves. Hoping it quickly becomes a staple dinner for you guys!
Looking for other springtime dinners? Here are some of my favorites:
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One Skillet Creamy Artichoke Chicken Marsala and Orzo
Calories Per Serving: 920 kcal
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
- 4 chicken cutlets, or 2 boneless chicken breasts, sliced in half horizontally
- kosher salt and black pepper
- 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoons salted butter
- 12 ounces (1-2 jars) marinated artichokes, drained
- 1 shallot, chopped
- 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped or grated
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (or 2 teaspoons dried thyme)
- 1 pinch crushed red pepper flakes
- 1 cup dry orzo pasta
- 1 1/2 cups low sodium chicken broth
- 3/4 cup dry marsala wine
- 3/4 cup heavy cream
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
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- 1. Season the chicken with salt and pepper. Place the flour and garlic powder in a shallow bowl and dredge the chicken through the flour mix, pressing to adhere.2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet set over medium-high heat. When the oil shimmers, add the chicken and sear on both sides until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side. Add 1 tablespoon butter and allow the butter to brown around the chicken, about 2 minutes. Remove the chicken from the skillet.3. To the skillet, add 2 tablespoons olive oil and the artichokes. Cook undisturbed for 2 minutes or until golden. Add 2 tablespoons butter, the shallots, garlic, thyme, and a pinch each of salt, pepper, and red pepper flakes. Cook 2-3 minutes, until fragrant. Add the orzo. Cook another 2 minutes. 4. Pour in the wine and broth. Cook 10-12 minutes until the orzo is al dente, then pour in the cream. Add the chicken and lemon juice to the skillet and simmer for 5 minutes or until warmed through. 5. Serve the chicken and orzo topped with fresh thyme. Eat!