This one skillet, crispy Tuscan chicken thighs with creamy orzo pasta is comfort at its finest. The chicken thighs are well seasoned and pan seared to crispy perfection on the outside; while remaining super tender and juicy in the center. Nestled into a bed of creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach orzo, this recipe checks all the boxes!

One Skillet Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Orzo – Healthyish Foods

About Smart Chicken

For this recipe, I used Smart Chicken’s bone in, skin on chicken thighs, but their boneless skinless thighs would work perfectly too. If you’re new here, Smart Chicken is the reason I started eating chicken again after 9 years without. Their products are superior in every way.

In fact, Smart Chicken’s chickens are fed a high-quality diet, humanely handled, and never given antibiotics, hormones, or animal by-products. Smart Chicken is USDA Process Verified as pure air chilled, without added water and are hand-trimmed for your convenience. The result is the best-tasting, highest-quality fresh chicken on the market!

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One Skillet Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Orzo – Healthyish Foods
One Skillet Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Orzo – Healthyish Foods

How to Make One Skillet Crispy Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Creamy Orzo Pasta

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

Add the chicken thighs to a mixing bowl and pat them dry with a paper towel. Drizzle with one tablespoon avocado oil and add the spice blend. (dried oregano, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and black pepper) Make sure the chicken is well coated in the spice blend.

Add one tablespoon of avocado oil to a cast iron pan. Once it’s hot, add the seasoned chicken skin side down. Sear for 4-5 minutes over medium high heat. Turn the chicken over once it is golden brown and place the entire pan in the oven for 20ish minutes. You want to make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees to ensure doneness.

Remove the pan from the oven, then remove the chicken from the pan placing it on a plate. If there is a lot of grease in the pan, remove some of the grease with a paper towel. You’ll want about 1-2 tablespoons of grease in the bottom of the pan. Place the same pan over medium heat and add the butter, diced onion, minced garlic, sprig of thyme and rosemary. Sauté until the onions are soft.

Next, add the orzo pasta and the drained and chopped sundried tomatoes. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the orzo is lightly browned. Add Dijon mustard and chicken broth. Bring the entire dish to a boil for 2-3 minutes then reduce the heat to medium low. Season with a pinch of black pepper. Once the orzo is al dente, add the heavy cream. Mix well and simmer.

Once the orzo is cooked to your liking, add the grated parmesan cheese and spinach. Once the spinach is wilted, nestle the chicken and any juices back into the orzo. After the chicken is warmed through, serve and enjoy! Option to top this dish with a few red pepper flakes for a pop of spice.

One Skillet Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Orzo – Healthyish Foods

Storage

Store any leftovers in an airtight container for three to four days. Reheat in the microwave until warmed through. Option to add a touch of broth to the orzo when reheating it. This will help reconstitute the pasta, so it is smooth and creamy versus lumpy. Looking for more recipes? Try my Oven Baked Crispy Chicken Thighs.

One Skillet Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Orzo – Healthyish Foods

One Skillet, Crispy Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Creamy Orzo Pasta

This one skillet, crispy Tuscan chicken thighs with creamy orzo pasta is comfort at its finest. The chicken thighs are well seasoned and pan seared to crispy perfection on the outside; while remaining super tender and juicy in the center. Nestled into a bed of creamy sun-dried tomato and spinach orzo, this recipe checks all the boxes!
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Ingredients

Seasoned Chicken Thighs

  • 1.5-2 lbs. chicken thighs, Smart Chicken, bone-in, skin-on about 4 thighs
  • 2 tablespoons avocado oil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper

Creamy Orzo

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • ½ cup sweet onion, diced small
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, minced about 1 large clove
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 1 cup dry orzo
  • ½ cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 cups chicken bone broth, or broth
  • ½ cup heavy cream
  • ¼ cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups baby spinach

Equipment

Instructions 

How to Make One Skillet Tuscan Chicken Thighs with Orzo

  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
  • Add the chicken thighs to a mixing bowl and pat them dry with a paper towel. Drizzle with one tablespoon avocado oil and add the spice blend. (dried oregano, garlic powder, paprika, onion powder, salt, and black pepper) Make sure the chicken is well coated in the spice blend.
  • Add one tablespoon of avocado oil to a cast iron pan. Once it’s hot, add the seasoned chicken skin side down. Sear for 4-5 minutes over medium high heat. Turn the chicken over once it is golden brown and place the entire pan in the oven for 20ish minutes. You want to make sure the chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees to ensure doneness.
  • Remove the pan from the oven, then remove the chicken from the pan placing it on a plate. If there is a lot of grease in the pan, remove some of the grease with a paper towel. You’ll want about 1-2 tablespoons of grease in the bottom of the pan. Place the same pan over medium heat and add the butter, diced onion, minced garlic, sprig of thyme and rosemary. Sauté until the onions are soft.
  • Next, add the orzo pasta and the drained and chopped sundried tomatoes. Sauté for 2-3 minutes until the orzo is lightly browned. Add Dijon mustard and chicken broth. Bring the entire dish to a boil for 2-3 minutes then reduce the heat to medium low. Season with a pinch of black pepper. Once the orzo is al dente, add the heavy cream. Mix well and simmer.
  • Once the orzo is cooked to your liking, add the grated parmesan cheese and spinach. Once the spinach is wilted, nestle the chicken and any juices back into the orzo. After the chicken is warmed through, serve and enjoy! Option to top this dish with a few red pepper flakes for a pop of spice.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1serving or one chicken thigh with 1/4 of the creamy orzo pasta, Calories: 644kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 44g, Fat: 34g, Saturated Fat: 14g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 12g, Trans Fat: 0.3g, Cholesterol: 218mg, Sodium: 1100mg, Potassium: 1184mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 2326IU, Vitamin C: 14mg, Calcium: 163mg, Iron: 4mg