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One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes – Loaded with flavors and texture, this is a super delicious and very easy one pot meal that everyone will love!

One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes - Loaded with flavors and texture, this is a super delicious and very easy one pot meal that everyone will love!

P.S. Even the orzo gets cooked right in the pot!

HEY YA! Happy Sunday! Happy May 15th of 2016! How the heck are ya?

But, now that I said that…  it’s mid May?!? REALLY?! Oh my gosh, that means half the year is almost done?! Daaayum! …that was fast.
Yet, in my head, it’s still 2003, mayyyybe 2005. And I’m still jammin’ to “YEAH!” by Usher as if it just came out! Especially when my outfit’s ridiculAWZ, and I’m in the club lookin’ so conspicuAWZ! Yeah, Yeah, Yeah…      

alright. I’ll stop. ✌

One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes - Loaded with flavors and texture, this is a super delicious and very easy one pot meal that everyone will love!

Wanna talk chicken? AGAIN?
Coo’. Cause that’s all I got for you today.

So, yeah, lookee here! This pot of glory is the one pot wonder known as Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes! IN one pot! Theeee end. Thanks for coming! Buh Bye!

KIDDING! 

In addition to being awesome, delicious and cooked with my favorite of all the flavors, spinach and tomatoes, this one pot chicken deal is making me look all fan-say and it can do the same for you! But you will soon realize that it’s so simple to make and not that fancy at all, but you’ll wanna call me and thank me for it. I kid, I kid! 

One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes - Loaded with flavors and texture, this is a super delicious and very easy one pot meal that everyone will love!

Let’s focus on the task at hand which is preparing this nyummy food with a glass of Chardonnay next to you. Beer fan? That’s fine, too.

Working off my Mom’s One Pot Oven-Baked Risotto with Lamb Chops Recipe, this pasta chicken fiesta starts with browning a few drumsticks, adding some flavorings, stirring in the orzo pasta, spinach and tomatoes… and bam, we’re almost done! Put a lid on it, let it cook, and some 15 minutes later, there you have it! Din-Din is served!! 

One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes - Loaded with flavors and texture, this is a super delicious and very easy one pot meal that everyone will love!

Have a terrific Sunday!

ENJOY!

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One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes - Loaded with flavors and texture, this is a super delicious and very easy one pot meal that everyone will love!
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One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes

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WW Freestyle: 7
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Dinner
Servings: 6
Calories: 453
Author: Katerina | Diethood

Ingredients

  • 8 chicken drumsticks
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 yellow onion , diced
  • 4 garlic cloves , minced
  • 2 cups orzo pasta
  • 2-1/2 cups organic low sodium chicken broth (I use Pacific Natural Foods)
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes , halved
  • 1 bag (6 to 8 ounces) baby spinach
  • salt and fresh ground pepper , to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded parmesan cheese , optional

Instructions 

  • Season chicken and set aside.
  • Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  • Add chicken and brown on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  • Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  • Melt butter in skillet; add diced onion and cook over medium-high heat for 2 minutes; stir in garlic and continue to cook for about 30 seconds, or until fragrant.
  • Stir in orzo pasta; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  • Add chicken broth and stir to combine.
  • Arrange prepared chicken over the orzo.
  • Add tomatoes and spinach on top; season with salt and pepper, and bring mixture to a boil.
  • Lower the heat to a simmer; cover and cook until the orzo has completely absorbed the liquid and the chicken is cooked through, about 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let stand for several minutes.
  • Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  • Serve.

Notes

Nutritional Information per 1 Serving: 
 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Fat 18g28%
Saturated Fat 6g30%
Cholesterol 110mg37%
Sodium 290mg12%
Potassium 587mg17%
Carbohydrates 43g14%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 27g54%
Vitamin A 615IU12%
Vitamin C 20mg24%
Calcium 130mg13%
Iron 2.1mg12%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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28 Responses
  1. Madison

    This meal was awesome!! I did diced chicken breasts because it is easier to eat at work the next day. I took a short cut and used minced garlic from the jar, and it tasted sort of weird (regrets) so I added a splash of balsamic vinegar right after the garlic and it turned about delicious!! This is a new go to for company! Thanks!

  2. Ali

    This dish was delicious! My fiancé and I thoroughly enjoyed it – and are excited to add it to our weekly recipes. Simple ingredients, easy to make, and really yummy 🙂 we love your recipes, thank you for posting!

  3. Jennifer McCleary

    Thank you for posting such wonderful recipes. I thought having made this dish at least 10 times, I should send a note to say my entire family thanks you. Such an easy dish – for weeknights after work, or for guests at a dinner party – this recipe is so versatile. I tend to use boneless skinless chicken thighs and they work really well. And great for leftovers (the little that may be remaining after it is first cooked).

  4. Annette

    I just finished making Chicken Orzo with Tomatoes and Spinach for company tomorrow night. Thanks for listing the nutrition information. Just a question though. How much is a serving size?

  5. Jade

    This was awesome!!!!! I used chunked chicken breast and added a carton of feta. It’s going in my weekly rotation! Thank you!!!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi! Because I have never tried cooking Orzo in a slow cooker, I can honestly say that I have no idea how you would make this using that method. I hope someone will chime in because I also would love to know! 🙂

  6. Melissa

    What is the serving size for this dish and number of servings? I can only find where it says 1 and I’m sure that is not correct. Thanks!

    1. Katerina Petrovska

      Hi Melissa!

      I just fixed it – that should say “Serves 6”. Thank you for letting me know about the mistake! 🙂

        1. Katerina Petrovska

          LOOOL!! Oh my gosh… I was like, hmmmm, should I assume chicken breast or should I just ask? LOL! Thank you for the laugh!! 😀 Yes, you can definitely use breasts or even thighs. 🙂 I hope you’ll enjoy it!

  7. Bonnie Hawkins

    This dish was soooo great! So easy. LOVE a one pot wonder.
    Thank you for a wonderful new favorite. Bonnie

  8. Michelle @ A Dish of Daily Life

    Ever since I tried your orzo and asparagus dish, I have been cooking with orzo a lot more! This one looks fabulous too…will have to add it to the dinner rotation!

  9. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts

    We can talk chicken every day, if it looks like this!! I love a good one pot meal, and this looks like pure comfort food!

  10. Kacey @ The Cookie Writer

    Girl, this is one seriously amazing dish! Heck, my vegetarian heart is having a hard time saying no to this, lol. But at least my husband and daughter can enjoy it!

  11. Lori @ RecipeGirl

    My husband sometimes complains about chicken because apparently I don’t do enough interesting things with it. I love this idea and I think he’d love it too!

  12. Sue R

    You must have read my mind! I bought orzo for the first time ever this weekend so now I know what I’ll be making with it 🙂 Thanks!!

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