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 just love the 1 pan meals! I added a few more vegetables and it was very yummy!
Perfect mixture of delicious ingredients! Creamy and flavorful!
Heaven! Loved this!
Just added this recipe to my meal plan for the week! One question though – I have never cooked with artichoke before (crazy, I know) if buying frozen artichoke hearts, do I need to thaw them before cooking? Thanks, can’t wait to try this!
Yes you can either thaw them or simply warm them up in the microwave!
Hi. I don’t have cream cheese but i have sour cream. Will that work?
This recipe calls for heavy cream, which tends to hold up well to high heat. If you’re planning to use sour cream, I wouldn’t try to bring it to a simmer, I’d just melt the butter, add the lemon juice and zest, then stir in the sour cream off the heat. Hope that helps!
This looks delicious and the orzo is a nice change from the normal rice or pasta! Spinach, artichokes, chicken and cheese is a combination that can’t be beat! Yum! 🙂
Can’t wait to try this, but I will definitely have to add garlic. My favorite recipes for spinach artichoke dip are always heavier on the garlic. And I can’t see how the garlic flavor would go wrong here.
Glad I found this recipe! And I love your blog name. 🙂
Garlic is a great addition!
Just finished eating this incredible recipe. It was absolutely delicious. The cheeses made the orzo so creamy. I added in more spinach and artichokes.