This one pot chicken with creamy spinach artichoke pasta is made with seared chicken breasts, orzo pasta, fresh spinach, artichokes and plenty of cheese. It’s a quick and easy weeknight dinner with less dishes to do at the end!
If you love spinach and artichoke dip, you’ll adore this simple yet satisfying chicken meal!
Here I am, back with another one pot meal! My inspiration for this one is the classic and oh so delicious spinach artichoke dip. I mean, who doesn’t want to eat chips and dip for dinner once in a while? This one pot chicken with creamy spinach artichoke pasta tastes a lot like the dip, but it’s not as rich, making this a perfect dinner for a busy weeknight.
How do you make chicken with spinach and artichoke pasta?
This is really so simple to make. The chicken breasts are seared to a golden brown and then baked in the oven with orzo pasta. Delicate vegetables like spinach and artichokes don’t hold up well to long cooking times . To get around that issue, 5 minutes before the dish is done the veggies, along with some cream cheese, parmesan and mozzarella are stirred in. The end result is a creamy, cheesy dish that’s a complete meal.
Are you craving some of this cheesy goodness right now? I sure am even though it’s early in the morning.The whole family is going to love this one, mine sure did – this is so good that even the kids didn’t mind the vegetables in the orzo!
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One Pot Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Pasta
- 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts about 1/2 thick. If your chicken breasts are thicker you can cut them in half lengthwise.
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 8 ounces dry orzo pasta
- 2 cups of chicken broth
- 1/4 cup cream cheese
- 3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
- 1/4 cup shredded parmesan cheese
- 2 cups of fresh spinach coarsely chopped
- 1 cup of canned or frozen artichoke hearts coarsely chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- minced parsley and lemon wedges for garnish optional
- Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. In a large pan, heat the olive oil over medium high. Season the chicken breasts generously with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the chicken in the pan and cook, undisturbed, for about 5 minutes or until chicken is a deep golden brown.
- Flip the chicken and cook for another 3-5 minutes until that side is browned.
- Add the orzo and chicken broth to the pan, along with 1/2 teaspoon of salt and 1/4 teaspoon of pepper.
- Put a lid on the pan and place in the oven. Bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.
- Uncover the plan and place the chicken breasts on a plate. Add 1/4 cup of water to the cooked orzo along with the cream cheese, mozzarella, parmesan spinach and artichokes. Stir gently until combined. Place the chicken breasts on top of the orzo and put the pan, uncovered, back into the oven. Bake for 5 more minutes until cheese is melted.
- Taste for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if desired.
- Garnish with the chopped parsley and lemon wedges (optional) and serve immediately.
I’m not sure what I did wrong. I ended up having lots of extra broth/water mixture left over. Any thoughts? I followed the directions completely!!
That is so odd, was the orzo cooked through? You can leave it in for more time if the liquid isn’t all the way absorbed.
this was really good…i do think it was a little too much cheese so next time i make it i will just use less
Just want to make sure I’m reading this correctly…before you put in the oven, do you jut pour the orzo and broth on top of the chicken? No mixing or removing the chicken and placing on top of orzo mixture? Thanks!
I just pour the orzo and broth around the chicken, if you prefer you can remove the chicken and place it on top. Either way will work!!
I made this tonight and it was fantastic! Definitely adding this to the regular rotation.
I am making this right now for probably the fifth time since I found this recipe on Pinterest when I went back to work two months ago. I follow the recipe exactly (oh wait, I leave out the parmesan because I can’t have aged cheese, but my husband adds it to his at the end) and it is so easy and delicious. Fast, cheap, little to clean up. Everything I look for! Just wanted to say thank you! The husband and one year old both love it. I can’t wait to try more recipes on your site.
Thanks for the nice comment Kate, I hope you find more recipes you enjoy here! 🙂
Could you substitute Quinoa for the Orzo? If so, how. Thanks in advance
I’m not sure if that would work, I haven’t tested it that way. You could try it by using the amount of dry quinoa that would correspond to the 2 cups of chicken broth in the recipe!
I’m not much of a cook and tend to mess most recipes up, but I was able to follow this recipe! I am so impressed..it is GOOD! I used a dutch oven since I didn’t have a cast iron. Some of the orzo stuck to the pot but I’m sure I can use non-stick spray or butter if need be. This was delicious and I plan on making it again! Thank you!
Any help on how to cook without the chicken…
I would just boil the pasta, drain it, then put it back in the pan over low heat and stir in the artichokes, spinach, cheeses and some salt and pepper until everything is melted and combined. Hope that helps!
I added the whole can of artichokes and more chicken stock instead of water. Also added two dollops of sour cream and some fresh lemon juice. Turned out delicious!
This looks delicious, but I have to eat Gluten Free (and finding GF orzo is pretty difficult, I”m finding…) Any idea on how this would work with rice? Thanks!
Hi Jackie, you can use 1 and 1/2 cups of rice with 3 cups of chicken broth and it should work fine that way! If the liquid from the rice isn’t completely absorbed at the end of the 25 minute bake time just add 5 more minutes in the oven.
Hi! I don’t have a cast iron skillet so what type of pan could I use?
Any deep nonstick pan or skillet with a lid will work!
I thought it was delicious! Do you mind telling me how many calories are in this meal?
So glad you liked it! There’s approximately 466 calories per serving.
Everything on your front page looks so delicious, and I feel like I have a good shot at making this one – thank you!
hat a great idea! Can’t have too many easy dinner dishes.I’m sure one will be a hit. 🙂
This looks AMAZING! The searing on that chicken is perfect 😀 Major bonus points that this looks like a flavorful recipe I could get the husband to eat without a lot of fuss.
I am definitely craving this now, and i haven;t even had my coffee yet!
My husband brought this artichoke chicken recipe into the family and I love it! (well the vegetarian version for myself!) I feel artichokes never get enough love but you have simply brought out all the goodness in this dish!
I love quick meals like this and that cheese pull–looks insanely good!!
This looks so yummy! I love chicken and artichokes!
Oh this sounds like the ultimate comfort food! Yum!!