Sunday, September 24, 2023

One-Skillet Creamy Sundried Tomato Chicken and Orzo

I had set aside this one-skillet sun-dried tomato chicken and orzo skillet recipe to make over the summer. Of course, since I found vegan lactose-free cream in the U.S., I can now make it in either country! And I will, too, because this was really a hit. 

2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil 
1 lb. boneless, skinless chicken breasts or small thighs 
1 tsp. dried oregano 
1 tsp. paprika 
¼-½ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes 
kosher salt and black pepper 
2 Tbsp. lactose-free butter 
1 medium shallot, chopped 
2 cloves garlic, minced or grated 
1 cup dry orzo pasta 
1/3 cup dry white wine, such as Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc 
1 cup lactose-free cream 
2 tsp. Dijon mustard 
1/3 cup grated parmesan cheese 
2 cups fresh baby spinach 
½ cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained 
juice of 1 lemon 
fresh rosemary, for serving (optional) 

Preheat the oven to 400 °F. 

Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large oven-safe skillet set over medium-high heat. Rub the chicken with 1 tablespoon olive oil, the oregano, paprika, red pepper flakes, salt, and pepper. When the oil is shimmering, add the chicken. Sear on both sides until golden, about 3-5 minutes per side. Remove the chicken from the skillet. 

To the same skillet, add the butter and shallot, cooking until fragrant, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and orzo, cooking until lightly golden, 2-3 minutes. Add the wine and de-glaze the pan. Add 1 ½ cups water. Bring to a boil, cook 3-5 minutes, then add the cream, mustard, parmesan, spinach, and sun-dried tomatoes, stirring until the spinach has wilted. Slide the chicken and any juices left on the plate back into the skillet. Transfer to the oven and cook, uncovered for 10-15 minutes, until the chicken is cooked through. 

Serve the chicken topped with lemon juice and rosemary, if desired.

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