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This One Skillet Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken and Orzo is the perfect winter dinner…quick, easy, hearty, and delicious! Pan-seared Italian seasoned chicken breasts in a creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach sauce. Cooked together with orzo pasta for a complete dinner made in just ONE skillet. Truly one of those all-in-one dinners that everyone at the table will love. Great for a weeknight, but equally fancy enough to serve up at your next holiday dinner. You can’t go wrong with this warming skillet dinner.

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It’s hard to believe that we’re entering the second week of December and are only just two and half weeks out from Christmas…and only three and half weeks from the New Year. Where is the time going!?

As I type this up I’m getting ready to take-off for NYC. By the time you all read this, I will be in the city. I have to say, I’m really excited for this trip, but equally excited to return home on Thursday, and finally be HOME for the remainder of the year. I know many of you travel for work weekly, but as you all know, I’m such a homebody at heart. So I’m excited to have some time to enjoy the remainder of December with my family. Anyone else in the same mindset?

With that in mind, I’m always looking for the easiest recipes this time of year. The days are incredibly short and things are busy between work and holiday prep. Quick and simple dinners that everyone at the dinner table will eat are what I strive to create.

Enter this skillet creamy sun-dried tomato chicken and orzo.

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To make this all-in-one dinner…

Start with a skillet. I love using a cast iron skillet, but any oven-safe skillet or even dutch oven works great. You’ll want to season the chicken up with a few dried herbs and spices…oregano, paprika, and just a pinch of crushed red pepper flakes. Then sear the chicken until it’s golden.

PS. if you don’t have a cast iron skillet, check out the current Staub giveaway we’re hosting on Instagram!

Next up, remove the chicken from the skillet, add a bit of butter, plus some shallots, garlic, and orzo. I love toasting the dry orzo pasta in butter for additional flavor. The butter browns and the orzo takes on a delicious nutty flavor.

 
 
 
 
 
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Moving along, add a splash of white wine. Then add pretty much everything else. Cream, a little parmesan cheese, fresh spinach and of course sun-dried tomatoes. Slide the chicken right into the sauce, then transfer the whole skillet right to the oven. Bake for about ten to fifteen minutes…

And then? Dinner is done. Yes, this is that SIMPLE.

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So how does it taste?

I know simple skillet dinners can get a bad rap for being boring, but this is anything but boring. The sauce is creamy, hinted with lemon, garlic, and just a touch buttery too. The orzo is perfectly cooked and has a little nutty flavor.

And the chicken has a wonderful herbed flavor with a bit of heat from the crushed red pepper. It’s everything you’d expect out of a multi-step recipe, but made all in one skillet…and all SO GOOD.

What I love most about this recipe is the fact that it’s a complete dinner all-in-one. You have your protein, your carbs, and even your vegetables. I can serve this up on busy weeknights, but it’s equally great for holiday dinners with friends and family. I’ll be remaking this as soon as I get home. My family members are slowly starting to make their way back to Colorado for Christmas, so this is going to be on repeat.

Looking for other one skillet dinner ideas…check out these.

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If you make this one skillet creamy sun-dried tomato chicken and orzo be sure to leave a comment and/or give this recipe a rating! Above all, I love to hear from you guys and always do my best to respond to each and every comment. And of course, if you do make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram! Looking through the photos of recipes you all have made is my favorite!

One Skillet Creamy Sun-Dried Tomato Chicken and Orzo.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories Per Serving: 530 kcal

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Instructions

  • 1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet set over medium-high heat. Rub the chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil, the oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken. Sear on both sides until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet.
    3. To the same skillet, add the butter and shallot, cooking until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and orzo, cooking until lightly golden, 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and de-glaze the pan. Add 1 1/2 cups water. Bring to a boil, cook 3-5 minutes, then add the cream, mustard, parmesan, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes, stirring until the spinach has wilted. Slide the chicken and any juices left on the plate back into the skillet. Transfer to the oven and cook, uncovered for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through.
    4. Serve the chicken topped with lemon juice and rosemary, if desired.
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  1. Hey there! Can you use fresh tomatoes instead of sun dried? Would you substitute out and follow the recipe as is, or would you add fresh tomatoes on top at the end?

  2. Made this for my book club last night and it was a massive hit! It’s so easy to prepare and looks and smells amazing! A perfect meal for a fall or winter night – so creamy and flavourful and delicious (I doubled the recipe and used 2 cast-iron pans).

    1. Hey Kristen,
      Awesome!! 🍂 I love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for trying it out! xx

  3. 5 stars
    One of the best recipes I’ve tried in a while. So so yummy. Going back to Tieghans recipes for the rest of the week!

  4. I just made this. So delicious. I added shitake mushrooms. When my boyfriend asked if this was from the same girl who gave me the chicken and poblano recipe. I replied “Yes” He said, “We should have her over for dinner.” Thanks for all your creativity. Every recipe is spot on!

    1. Hey Susan,
      Happy Friday!!🌻 I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for trying it and sharing your review:) xT

    1. Hey Gina,
      Happy Wednesday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback! xx

    1. Hey Callie,
      Happy Monday!! 🍁 Love to hear that this recipe turned out well for you, thanks a bunch for making it! xT

    1. Hey Maribeth,
      Happy Friday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it and sharing your review:)

  5. This looks wonderful! I am lactose intolerant, do you think I could use unsweetened coconut milk instead of heavy cream?

    1. Hey Madi,
      Totally, that will work well for you! Please let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xT

  6. 5 stars
    This recipe is AMAZING. I’ve made this so many time at my husband’s request. I use chicken thighs and it turns out great every single time. I’ve cooked this in both a cast iron and stainless steel skillet. Both are good but find the stainless steel cooks the sauce more evenly especially when baking.

    1. Hi Tracy,
      Happy Monday! 👻 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! Happy Halloween! 🎃

    1. Hi Sandy,
      Happy Monday! 👻 I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for making it! Happy Halloween! 🎃

  7. Could you use frozen spinach? Not the stringy stuff that comes pre frozen. But fresh spinach I froze myself

    1. Hi Mackenzie,
      Sure, that would work for you! Let me know if you give this recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  8. Holy moly – this is so good!! Going into rotation…that is if I stop only making new recipes of yours 😜

    1. Hey Courtney,
      Happy Wednesday! I really appreciate you making this recipe and sharing your review, so glad it was a winner! 🤩

    1. Hey Alexa,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, so glad it was a hit! xT