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One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes

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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
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 
Course: Dinner
Servings: 6
Calories: 453 kcal
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
  1. Season chicken and set aside.
  2. Heat olive oil in a large nonstick skillet.
  3. Add chicken and brown on all sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  4. Remove chicken from skillet and set aside.
  5. 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.
  6. Stir in orzo pasta; cook for 2 minutes, stirring frequently.
  7. Add chicken broth and stir to combine.
  8. Arrange prepared chicken over the orzo.
  9. Add tomatoes and spinach on top; season with salt and pepper, and bring mixture to a boil.
  10. 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.
  11. Remove from heat and let stand for several minutes.
  12. Taste for seasonings and adjust accordingly.
  13. Serve.
Recipe Notes

Nutritional Information per 1 Serving: 

WW Smart Points: 11

Nutrition Facts
One Pot Chicken and Orzo with Spinach and Tomatoes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 453 Calories from Fat 162
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 18g 28%
Saturated Fat 6g 30%
Cholesterol 110mg 37%
Sodium 290mg 12%
Potassium 587mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 43g 14%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Sugars 4g
Protein 27g 54%
Vitamin A 12.3%
Vitamin C 24.2%
Calcium 13%
Iron 11.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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26 Responses
  1. 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).

  2. 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?

  3. 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. 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! 🙂

  4. 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. 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!

  5. 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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