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plate with crispy chicken thigh and creamy spinach artichoke orzo

creamy spinach and artichoke chicken and orzo skillet

  • Author: Brittney
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 40 minutes
  • Total Time: 55 minutes
  • Yield: 4


This one skillet spinach artichoke chicken bake is a comforting and flavor-packed meal perfect for busy weeknights!


  • chicken thighs* 4 thighs
  • (bone-in + skin-on)
  • vegetable oil 1-2 tbsp
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • butter (divided) 2 tbsp (30 g)
  • quartered artichoke hearts, drained 1 can (14 oz / 400 g)
  • garlic, minced 3 cloves
  • orzo pasta 1 cup (170 g)
  • white wine ⅓ cup (80 ml)
  • chicken broth 1.5 cups (350 ml)
  • heavy cream 1 cup (240 ml)
  • fresh baby spinach 2 handfuls
  • parmesan, grated ½ cup (40 g)
  • oregano 1 tsp
  • red pepper flakes ½ tsp


  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Season the chicken thighs with salt and pepper to taste.
  2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large oven safe skillet over medium-high heat. Sear the chicken for 3-5 minutes on each side or until golden brown. Transfer to a plate and set aside.
  3. Add 1 tbsp (15 g) butter and cook the artichokes until lightly charred (3-5 minutes). Set aside.
  4. Add the remaining butter and minced garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add the orzo and toast for 1-2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  6. Pour in the wine and cook until the pan is mostly dry.
  7. Pour in the broth and bring the skillet to a simmer.
  8. Stir in the heavy cream, spinach, parmesan, oregano, red pepper flakes and salt to taste.
  9. Return the chicken and artichokes to the skillet. Transfer the skillet to the oven and bake uncovered until the orzo has absorbed most of the liquid and the chicken is cooked through (approximately 15 minutes).


Chicken thighs: Boneless skinless chicken breasts can be used in place of thighs, but because they can easily dry out I would recommend adding them back to the skillet for only the last 5-10 minutes or so.

Storing: Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days.

  • Category: dinner
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: global

Keywords: spinach artichoke chicken bake, creamy chicken and orzo