This one skillet spinach artichoke chicken bake is a comforting and flavor-packed meal perfect for busy weeknights!
Crispy chicken thighs, creamy orzo and flavorful veggies — our creamy chicken and orzo is truly an entire dinner in one skillet! And because this one skillet wonder is ready to enjoy in less than an hour and requires minimal cleanup, it has become a staple in our weekly dinner rotation!
If you’re looking for more one pan chicken dinners, you’ll love our chicken sheet pan dinner with beets and carrots!
ingredients and substitutions
Missing a few ingredients? Here are some ideas if you need to make a substitution:
- Chicken thighs: Juicy bone-in and skin-on chicken thighs are our cut of choice for this dish, but you can definitely use boneless skinless chicken breasts if you’d rather. Chicken breasts will dry out if cooked too long, so just make sure to adjust the amount of time the chicken is in the oven. And if you have thinner chicken breasts, you may just want to pan fry them until cooked through.
- Artichokes: Both canned and frozen artichoke hearts will work in this recipe. If using frozen, just make sure to thaw before using, then drain and squeeze out as much liquid as possible.
- Orzo: Dry orzo pasta works well here because it cooks quickly and easily absorbs liquid. This is one ingredient you won’t want to substitute!
- White wine: If you don’t have white wine on hand, you can substitute additional broth.
- Chicken broth: I generally use chicken broth, but vegetable broth will work just as well here.
- Heavy cream: While I prefer heavy cream for a richer sauce, half and half will also work in a pinch.
- Spinach: A few handfuls of fresh baby spinach is my favorite way to add a few greens to this dish. Frozen spinach can also be used, but you will need to thaw it and squeeze out as much liquid as possible before adding to the skillet.
- Parmesan: A sprinkling of grated parmesan just adds a little more depth to our creamy sauce, but it can be omitted if you don’t have any on hand.
- Spices: Fresh garlic, oregano and red pepper flakes make up our spice list. Fresh garlic can be subbed for ½ teaspoon of garlic powder and you can cut down on the red pepper flakes if you don’t want that bit of heat.
one skillet pro tips
Our favorite thing about this meal is how incredibly easy it is, but we’ve still got a few tips and tricks to make sure your spinach artichoke chicken and orzo is a success:
The bake time may vary slightly depending on the diameter of your skillet and the size of your chicken thighs. The dish is ready when the orzo is al dente and the internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165 F (74 C).
The creaminess of this dish relies on not having too much excess moisture in the pan. Ensuring that your spinach and artichokes (if using frozen) are adequately drained and dry will help make sure your sauce is perfect!
creamy chicken and orzo: FAQs
These leftovers are delicious! They can be stored in an airtight container in your fridge for up to three days. You can reheat your leftovers in the microwave or on the stovetop. Add a dash of milk or broth to thin the sauce as needed.
We don’t recommend freezing this dish, as the creamy sauce won’t hold up well.
Chicken, pasta and veggies — this is a true one skillet meal that doesn’t require any additional sides! But if you’re still looking for a little something extra, we recommend garlic bread or this easy cucumber and tomato salad.
And don’t forget to check out these recipes for more weeknight dinner inspiration!
- chicken sheet pan dinner with beets and carrots + herby yogurt sauce
- spicy salmon cakes + cilantro lime aioli
- chipotle jackfruit quesadillas
- lemon arugula pasta + parmesan crusted chicken
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