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This Marry Me Chicken Orzo is a treat of a one pot pasta recipe – super simple and takes just 30 minutes to make. All the flavours of our favourite Tuscan inspired chicken dish, made into a complete dinner.

A big pan filled with the recipe Marry Me Chicken Orzo, with sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan. Delicious.

If you’ve already tried my Marry Me Chicken recipe, you’ll know how totally delicious it is (chicken, cream, sun dried tomatoes and parmesan… yum).

I wanted to do a version of this that meant we didn’t have to faff about with side dishes or extra cooking and cleaning up, but still kept those amazing flavours. What better than a one pot pasta?!

And so I have combined the best bits from two of my popular recent recipes – Marry Me Chicken and Orzo Bolognese!


Why you’ll love this Chicken Orzo recipe

⭐️ So easy and simple ingredients

⭐️ Super quick for so much flavour – only 30 minutes

⭐️ One big pot makes a full meal for everyone


A spoon inside a pot of chicken orzo, ready to serve.

About this Marry Me Chicken Orzo recipe

The quirkily-named Marry Me Chicken recipe I published a while ago has gone down a STORM.

If you’re wondering what on earth ‘Marry Me’ is all about in a recipe title, I explain it all in the original recipe here.

And then there’s my Orzo Bolognese, which is equally as popular and is a new take on the old classic, Spag Bol. So many people have told me how much their families are loving this one, and the cooks of the family are equally impressed because it’s so bloomin’ easy! 

You really can’t beat a trusty half-an-hour one pot.

I wanted to add a portion of veg into this full meal, so we’ve gone for spinach. It works really well as it cooks so easily down into the sauce and the flavour is great with the rich sauce, adding a little balance. 

I hope you love this MARRIAGE of two recipes, which I think come together beautifully to give us a mouthwatering family favourite.

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Have you tried orzo yet? 

If you haven’t tried cooking with orzo yet, I urge you to give it a go!

Kids and adults alike love it, and I am really enjoying exploring new orzo recipes because it’s so versatile. You could also try out my:

⭐️  Butternut Squash & Halloumi Orzo ⭐️

⭐️ Slow Cooker Lamb Orzo Stew ⭐️

⭐️  Broccoli Orzo Bake ⭐️

⭐️ Meatball Orzo Bake ⭐️

⭐️ Orzo Pasta Salad ⭐️


Marry Me Chicken Orzo Ingredients

The ingredients for Marry Me Chicken Orzo recipe laid out on a counter top.
  • Chicken breast – skinless and boneless
  • Olive oil – OR you could use some of the oil from the jar of tomatoes
  • Garlic – fresh or jarred/frozen is fine
  • Sun dried tomatoes – the type in a jar in oil 
  • Dried oregano
  • Paprika
  • Orzo pasta
  • Chicken stock
  • Double cream
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Spinach – use baby spinach here as it’s more tender and melts into the sauce
  • Freshly ground black pepper

How to make Chicken Orzo

A pan filled with chicken, herbs and tomatoes for the recipe Marry Me Chicken Orzo, step 1.

1. Fry the chicken pieces as per the recipe below, then add garlic, sun dried tomatoes, oregano and paprika.

Dried orzo in a pan with chicken, with stock being poured over. For the recipe Marry Me Chicken Orzo, step 2.

2. Add the orzo, stock and pepper, stir and put the lid on.

Spinach being adding to a pan with orzo, chicken and creamy for the recipe Marry Me Chicken Orzo, step 3.

3. Turn the heat down and add spinach and cream. Stir until the spinach is wilted.

Parmesan being added to a pan of chicken and orzo for the recipe Marry Me Chicken Orzo, step 4.

4. Turn off the heat and stir in the Parmesan.

Hint: If the mixture becomes too dry before the orzo is cooked, add a splash of water.


Substitutions

  • Vegetarian – You could use a meat alternative for the chicken and swap the stock for vegetable

Leftovers & reheating orzo pasta

In the fridge Orzo can become a little gloopy after you’ve initially cooked it, so add a splash of water or an ice cube before you reheat it to stop it drying out. Store covered in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheat fully before serving.

In the freezer Orzo is always at its best when cooked and eaten immediately, but it could be frozen if you have leftovers at a push. Just be aware the texture can just become very stodgy and the cream can sometimes split. See the tip above for reheating.

Top tip

Use the sun-dried tomatoes that come in jars in oil. These are more tender and quick to release their flavour than the dry type, not in oil.

Creamy Chicken Orzo FAQs

What is ‘orzo’?

It is a type of pasta that is shaped a bit like rice. It is known as ‘little pasta’ in Italy, where it was traditionally used in soups, but it has become a widely-used versatile type of pasta that can be used in many kinds of hot or cold dishes.

It tastes amazing and is nice as a change from what we’re used to in the UK when it comes to ‘regular’ pasta types, because it holds its shape well, has a different consistency and cooks well in sauces like this one.

It’s important not to let orzo dry out or overcook.

How do I make sure my orzo doesn’t dry out?

The quantities in this recipe should be good but if you feel as though your orzo is drying out before it’s cooked, add a little extra water or stock and stir.

Don’t overdo it – just a little at a time.

Can you recommend a good pan for making one pot meals?

I recently tasked myself with trying out a variety of one-pan pans in a quest to find out which ones were up to the important job of making an all-in-one meal.

Read my pan review here. I hope it helps!

Can I use a different pasta?

This recipe has been tested multiple times specifically to work with orzo, which is sturdy, cooks so quickly and has a rice-like texture. Feel free to try with a different pasta but you will need to adjust the stock levels and cooking time.

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Marry Me Chicken Orzo {One Pot}

This Marry Me Chicken Orzo is a treat of a one pot pasta recipe – super simple and takes just 30 minutes to make. All the flavours of our favourite Tuscan inspired chicken dish, made into a complete dinner.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • 650 g Chicken breast (about x4), Skinless and boneless. Chopped
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil, Or oil from sun dried tomatoes jar
  • 3 Garlic cloves, Peeled and crushed
  • 170 g Sun-dried tomatoes (in oil), Drained
  • 1 tsp Oregano
  • 2 tsp Paprika
  • 250 g Orzo
  • 650 ml Chicken stock
  • 150 ml Double cream
  • 50 g Parmesan , Grated
  • 120 g Spinach
  • Freshly ground black pepper

Instructions 

  • In a large, deep frying pan, heat the oil over a medium heat. When it's hot, carefully add the chicken pieces. Cook for 5 minutes stirring occasionally until all sides are starting to colour.
  • Reduce the heat and add the garlic, sun-dried tomatoes, oregano and paprika. Stir for 3-5 minutes until the garlic is softened.
  • Add the orzo, stock, and some pepper and give everything a good stir and put the lid on. Cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the orzo is almost cooked.
  • Turn the heat to the lowest setting add the spinach and cream and stir very well for 1-3 minutes until the spinach is wilted and the cream is heated through. Check the chicken is cooked through.
  • Turn off the heat and stir in the parmesan.

Notes

Chicken: 
You could use boneless, skinless chicken thighs if you prefer but you will need to adjust the cooking time to cook a little longer.
Stock/liquid:
Sometimes you may need a little extra liquid to cook the orzo fully. If the liquid is fully absorbed and the orzo isn’t cooked, add a splash of water or stock until it is cooked through.

Nutrition

Calories: 790kcalCarbohydrates: 67gProtein: 56gFat: 34gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0.02gCholesterol: 160mgSodium: 776mgPotassium: 1836mgFiber: 6gSugar: 6gVitamin A: 4567IUVitamin C: 56mgCalcium: 263mgIron: 4mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: Family Food
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21 Comments

  1. Made this for the first time, clean plates all round. Only had frozen spinach so defrosted and added as per recipe and it worked really well! As soon as we finished my son asked when we were having it again!!

  2. 5 stars
    Delicious meal as always when making a taming twins recipe. So easy and tasty. Realised we were out of oregano, mixed dried herbs worked well as a substitute. I’m sure it will taste better next time with oregano. Will definitely make again.

  3. A great recipe, tasty quick so easy. Everyone l cleared their plates! Thanks for another fab recipe Sarah.

  4. 5 stars
    Quick, easy, delicious and all in one pot – what’s not to love?! Made for dinner last night and went down a treat! Thanks for another great ‘recipe.