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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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  • 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. 5 stars
    Absolutely spectacular! My husband says this is the absolute best chicken dish he has ever tasted in his life! It is worth the effort for the end product! Thank you for sharing such a life changing recipe! This will definitely become a recipe to repeat often! We used six boneless skinless chicken thighs and a cast iron skillet–we think that combo added to the greatness of the results. (and we doubled the chicken seasoning mixture to cover all the chicken)

    1. Hey Mary,
      Happy Monday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback!! Have the best week:) xx

  2. 5 stars
    Doubled liquid and orzo wanted more left overs ,added artichokes mmmm, love love this recipe.

    *Found tomatoes are a bit chewy trying today with fire roasted instead of sun dried

    1. Hey Dawn,
      Happy Monday! I love to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks so much for making it and sharing your feedback!! Have the best week:) xx

  3. Absolutely love this recipe! I am hoping to make it dairy free for a friend. Do you think substituting coconut milk for the cream would work?

  4. I can’t wait to try this recipe. My daughter has celiac disease so I need to either substitute the orzo or just make her a separate meal. Do you think wild rice would work?

    1. Hi Laurie,
      Your local grocery store should carry a gluten free orzo, otherwise Arborio rice would be your best option! Please let me know if you give the recipe a try, I hope you love it! xx

  5. 5 stars
    So amazing every time. I used smoked paprika this time. Had a few leftover anchovies that I tossed in with the butter. Wowza.

    1. Hi Stephanie,
      Awesome!! I am so glad to hear that this recipe was enjoyed! Thanks for making it and sharing your feedback:) xx

  6. 4 stars
    The flavor was delicious, however the orzo was still quite firm. Once I adjust the simmer time of the orzo in the pan, this recipe will be perfect!

    1. Hey Sarah,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for giving it a try!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Bria,
      Happy Friday!! I love to hear that this recipe was a winner, thanks so much for giving it a try!! xTieghan

    1. Hey Ericka,
      Wonderful!! Thanks so much for trying this recipe, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xT

    1. Hey Laura,
      Happy Sunday!! I am thrilled to hear that this recipe was enjoyed, thanks a lot for trying it out! xTieghan

  7. I love all your orzo recipes and make them all the time! Could you make a suggestion for the liquid amounts when using a full box of orzo? The random leftover amount never gets used and i’d rather just have extra for left overs! Thank you for always creating great dishes!

    1. Hey Bebe,
      Thanks so much for sharing your feedback, this would really require a lot more testing:) xTieghan

    2. I make orzo quite a lot and will typically leave the leftovers in the box until I have leftovers from another box… and then combine! 🙂

    1. Hey Katie,
      Wonderful!! Thanks a bunch for trying this recipe out, I am so glad to hear that it was enjoyed!! ?xxT

  8. I made this and it was delicious (thank you!!) but I made on adjustment in the recipe. In the instructions, you say to use 1 and 1/2 cups water. There is much more flavor if you use 1 and 1/2 cups chicken broth instead. In the video you clearly mention broth, but the broth is missing from the list of ingredients. Also this dish is so yummy, it is not enough for 6 people (especially with only 1 lb of chicken). It serves 4. Thank you for the deliciousness!

    1. Hi there,
      Thanks so much for giving the recipe a try and sharing your feedback! Glad to hear it was enjoyed! xx

  9. 5 stars
    Found this recipe on TikTok, which led me to your website. Cooked this for everyone, everyone is a huge fan and this is now on the monthly dinner menu. Didn’t change a thing. Can’t wait to try more recipes xx

    1. Hey Katrina,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! xT

  10. This was absolutely amazing!!! Orgasmic. I loved it, I added a bit more lemon juice when I serve it but other than that it is magic. One question! I am planning on making this for guests but I want it to be warm when they arrive, may I hold off on the baking for about an hour or two? Would it still be fine?

    1. Hey Karlen,
      Happy Friday!! Thanks a lot for giving this recipe a try and sharing your feedback, I love to hear that it was enjoyed!! Yes, that would be totally fine to do! xT

  11. AMAZING. Absolutely delicious. Except I made a couple changes. I omitted the mustard and rosemary. To the chicken I added a bit of garlic powder. To the orzo I used chicken broth instead of plain water. Also, added one zucchini sliced thinly and about 5 mushrooms (seasoned with salt and pepper). Since I added vegetables I added about a heaping teaspoon on miso paste. And I added about 1/4 cup of su dried tomatoes. Lastly I added burrata once I put the chicken in the oven.

    1. Hi Dahlya,
      Thanks for giving the recipe a try and sharing what worked well for you, glad to hear the dish was enjoyed! xTieghan