Are you looking for a great way to change up your dinner routine? Try this Chicken Thighs with Tuscan Orzo recipe. This dish is perfect for a cozy night in or when you need to feed a crowd. The tender chicken thighs are seasoned with Italian herbs and spices and served on a bed of creamy orzo loaded with fresh veggies. I love this recipe because it not only satisfies your taste buds but is also family-friendly and goes easy on your waistline! When you use chicken thighs as opposed to chicken breasts, it adds a delicious depth and flavor, moistness, and tenderness.

What is Tuscan Orzo?

Tuscan Orzo is a delightful and vibrant dish that will undeniably tantalize your taste buds with every bite. This dish is made with orzo pasta cooked to perfection and then tossed with a medley of fresh vegetables such as tomatoes, spinach, and onions. When you use creamy ricotta cheese in addition to tangy Parmesan cheese, this adds a rich and velvety texture to the dish. You can elevate these flavors with Italian herbs and spices, such as basil, oregano, and garlic while giving the dish a deliciously pungent aroma. The final product is a mouth-watering masterpiece that is chef’s kiss. Moreover, one bite of Tuscan Orzo, and you’ll be transported to the rolling hills of Tuscany itself! If you are interested in more orzo recipes, check out my Lemon Salmon Orzo recipe here.

Why Everyone Loves Chicken Thighs with Tuscan Orzo

1. It’s Irresistible: When you combine tender chicken thighs and creamy Tuscan orzo, it is simply irresistible. The flavors blend together perfectly to create a hearty and satisfying dish.

2. It’s a Time-Saver: This recipe is easy to make and can be prepared in under an hour. It’s perfect for busy weeknights when you want a delicious and comforting meal without spending too much time in the kitchen. 

3. It’s Multi-faceted: Chicken thighs with Tuscan orzo is versatile and can be customized to suit your preferences. You can add more or less veggies, adjust the seasoning to your liking, or even swap out the chicken thighs for a different protein source. This makes it a great option for picky eaters or those with dietary restrictions.

Ingredients You’ll Need for Chicken Thighs with Tuscan Orzo (Full Recipe Below)

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • Spices
  • Butter
  • Shallot
  • Garlic cloves
  • Sundried Tomatoes
  • White Wine
  • Heavy Cream
  • Uncooked orzo pasta
  • Chicken broth
  • Fresh Parmesan cheese
  • Parsley for garnish

FAQ for This Recipe

Q: Can I use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs in this recipe? 

A: Yes, you can use chicken breasts instead of chicken thighs. However, chicken thighs tend to be more flavorful and tender than chicken breasts, so the result may differ slightly.

 Q: Can I substitute other vegetables in the Tuscan Orzo? 

A: Yes! You are free to customize the recipe to your liking by adding or swapping out different vegetables. For example, you could try adding zucchini, mushrooms, or artichoke hearts. 

Q: Is this recipe gluten-free? 

A: Unfortunately, no. The orzo pasta I used in this recipe contains gluten. However, you could try substituting with gluten-free pasta if needed.

Q. Can I use store-brand Parmesan cheese?

Yes, you can definiely use store-brand parmesan cheese in a Tuscan Orzo recipe! It will work just as well as any other brand of parmesan cheese. However, I recommend using freshly grated parmesan cheese for the best flavor.

Chicken Thighs & Tuscan Orzo

Creamy orzo, tuscan style, with delicious juicy chicken thighs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 23 minutes
Course dinner
Cuisine American
Servings 3
Calories 400 kcal

Ingredients
  

For the chicken

  • 4 Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs
  • 1 tbsps olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder

For the Orzo

  • 3 tbsp butter
  • 20 ounces orzo pasta
  • ½ cup sundried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup garlic minced
  • ¼ cup shallot minced
  • ¼ cup white wine
  • cups chicken broth low sodium
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp red pepper flakes
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning

Instructions
 

  • Season chicken thighs. Sear them in hot oiled skillet for 2-3 minutes on both sides. Remove and set aside.
  • After searing the chicken, add butter to the same pan and saute shallot and garlic. Then, add sundried tomatoes and reduce with white wine. Next, add uncooked orzo, followed by chicken broth and spices.
  • Simmer orzo and add heavy cream, spinach, and Parmesan cheese after 5-6 minutes of stirring.
  • Continue cooking until the orzo is tender, adding more chicken broth if needed.
  • Lower the heat to low, add the chicken pieces back in, cover and cook until the pasta is tender and chicken is fully cooked, for about 10 minutes.
Keyword Chicken Thighs, orzo, sundried tomatoes

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