Creamy Tuscan Chicken Orzo is the perfect Italian-inspired chicken dinner. Seared chicken is simmered in a decadent sauce with cream, sun-dried tomatoes, spinach, and parmesan cheese.
All in one pan. In 30 minutes.
Garnish the dish with basil and serve with fresh bread for a family-friendly meal. Creamy Tuscan chicken orzo feels fancy any night of the week. It’s an easy meal to share with a group of people or to serve for a simple date-night dinner. Plus, the leftovers taste amazing!
So skip the expensive Italian restaurant and enjoy this easy, creamy dish from the comfort of your own home.
Why KJ Loves
Creamy Tuscan Chicken Orzo
A one-pan creamy pasta & chicken dinner? Count me in! I love how quick this recipe comes together, but how decadent and delicious it is. It’s the perfect recipe for a date-night dinner, if you’re hosting guests, or if you are just trying to get dinner on the table. Creamy Tuscan Chicken Orzo does it all!
Level Up Your Pasta Game
If you’re tired of making regular pasta, this meal is for you. We’re mixing things up with orzo—a tiny pasta that looks like rice. It’s made of flour and is just as easy to cook as other types of pasta.
Other Creamy Tuscan Chicken Orzo Ingredients
Boneless skinless chicken breasts cook up, slice, and serve wonderfully! Slice the chicken breasts in half horizontally to create thinner chicken breasts. This helps them cook faster and more evenly.
If you prefer dark meat, you could use boneless, skinless chicken thighs instead.
Freshly chopped or pre-minced—your choice! I always keep a jar of pre-minced garlic in my refrigerator for an easy grab-and-go option.
Heavy cream makes this creamy Tuscan chicken orzo recipe rich and decadent. If you need to use half and half, you can do that. However, I recommend heavy cream to get just the right consistency.
You can find sun-dried tomatoes at your local grocery store. Trader Joe’s has a great option. These tomatoes are sweet, slightly tart, and chewier than regular tomatoes. Remove them from the oil, give them a rough chop, and enjoy the wonderfully sweet tomato flavor in your meal.
Orzo is a tiny pasta that looks like rice. You can buy it at most supermarkets!
Sprinkle a bit of grated parmesan cheese into the sauce to help it thicken and give a salty, cheesy flavor.
Spinach adds a bright green pop of color (plus, you’ll barely notice you’re getting a serving of veggies in!)
Garnishing with basil adds a pop of green and rounds out the Tuscan flavor profile. You can’t go wrong with fresh basil in this recipe.
How to Make Creamy Tuscan Chicken Orzo
Sear the chicken.
Start off by searing the chicken in a large skillet until golden brown. Take the chicken out of the pan and set it aside.
Sauté the aromatics.
Then, add the onion and garlic to sauté in the skillet, and then add the sun-dried tomatoes.
Add in the orzo.
After the aromatics have been sautéd, sprinkle in the orzo pasta and toss to coat with all the goodies.
Deglaze the pan.
Then, stir in the chicken stock and the heavy cream, making sure to get any yummy bits off from the bottom of the pan. Simmer on low, not allowing the mixture to boil. If you boil the cream, it can split instead of turning into a nice, creamy sauce.
Nestle the chicken back in.
Nestle the chicken back into the sauce and simmer on low until the orzo is fluffy and the chicken is cooked through (165 degrees).
Finish the recipe.
Finally, stir in the parmesan cheese and spinach into the creamy Tuscan chicken orzo until wilted. Garnish with freshly chopped basil and enjoy!
Wash the dishes. How sad.
But, since this recipe comes together in one pan, that isn’t so bad is it?!
Tips for Success:
The Right Pan
Make sure you have a large skillet that can fit in all the ingredients.
The Right Amount of Liquid
When you first start to add the chicken broth and heavy cream to the creamy Tuscan chicken orzo, it may feel like it’s too much. That’s ok! The orzo soaks up a lot of liquid, so you’ll just need to let it simmer for a bit.
The Right Heat
To keep the dish creamy, make sure to simmer the sauce—not boil it! Heavy cream can split if the dish gets too hot.
Enjoy Your Leftovers
When you heat up your leftovers, you may want to add a little extra chicken broth or cream to get the texture right.
Heat your creamy Tuscan chicken orzo up on the stovetop or in the microwave for a delicious next-day dish.
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