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One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo - Amazingly creamy orzo with juicy chicken, mushrooms and baby spinach. All made in one skillet, even the uncooked pasta!

Amazingly creamy orzo with juicy chicken, mushrooms and baby spinach. All made in one skillet, even the uncooked pasta!

One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo - Amazingly creamy orzo with juicy chicken, mushrooms and baby spinach. All made in one skillet, even the uncooked pasta!

The creamiest orzo with all the fix-ins and the juiciest, golden brown chicken thighs all made in one. single. pot.

It’s quite possibly the easiest dinner one can ask for, and you can easily substitute chicken breasts if dark meat is not your jam. (You know we love our boneless, skinless thighs!) Kale and/or arugula can also be substituted for the spinach. And if you hate mushrooms, you can omit them altogether. IT IS ALL GOOD.

Side note: I throw in extra mushrooms + spinach for myself to make sure I get in ALL my veggies because that creamy orzo goodness is just too good to pass up.

One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo - Amazingly creamy orzo with juicy chicken, mushrooms and baby spinach. All made in one skillet, even the uncooked pasta!

One Pot Chicken and Mushroom Orzo

Amazingly creamy orzo with juicy chicken, mushrooms and baby spinach. All made in one skillet, even the uncooked pasta!

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces cremini mushrooms, halved
  • 2 large shallots, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 4 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3 cups chicken stock
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup orzo pasta
  • 3-4 cups baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves

Directions:

  1. Season chicken with 3/4 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Working in batches, add chicken to the skillet in a single layer and cook until golden brown and cooked through, reaching an internal temperature of 165 degrees F, about 4-5 minutes per side; set aside.
  4. Add mushrooms and shallot, and cook, stirring frequently, until tender, about 3-5 minutes. Stir in garlic and thyme until fragrant, about 1 minute.
  5. Whisk in flour until lightly browned, about 1 minute.
  6. Stir in chicken stock and Dijon, scraping any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Stir in orzo; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer, stirring occasionally, until pasta is cooked through, about 6 minutes. Stir in spinach, Parmesan and heavy cream until the spinach has wilted, about 3 minutes. Return chicken to the skillet.
  8. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley.

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86 comments

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    The entire family loves this recipe and that’s saying a lot when I have very picky eaters. How can you not love this recipe? It’s creamy and it’s all in one pot!

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious! I made a couple of small additions after reading the reviews. I used boneless, skinless breasts instead of thighs and they needed additonal cooking time. I seasoned the chicken with salt, pepper and italian seasonings before browning. After adding the broth and dijon, I put the chicken back into the pan, covered the pan and cooked on medium low for 10 minutes before adding the 0rzo. I added a tsp of hot sauce into the broth and squeezed 1/2 lemon over the top before serving. I used both shitake and baby bellas..I will defintely make this again!

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    I made this and the flavor was very good. I did however have a hard time getting the orzo to cook in the same pan and it ended up sticking and burning. If I made it again I would definitely cook the orzo separate and pour the sauce/chicken over it. Overall,
    though it was a great recipe.

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious. A great comfort dish on a cool fall day. You’ll want seconds.

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    I’ve made this twice now. The second time I followed the instructions for seasoning the chicken (I didn’t use enough the first time). I also finished the chicken in the oven (425, about 20 minutes) while I cooked everything else, which was much easier/quicker, since my stove is *the worst*. Delicious! I love all of the ingredients and there’s nothing better than being able to put the pasta in uncooked. Next time I might try it with broccoli, and I’ll make it for my son’s vegetarian girlfriend minus the chicken. Yummy.

  6. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight and agree with the below commenter who said “restaurant quality” – it is! And this recipe is stunning even before the Parmesan and cream, so I used a bit less of both. Only note, I let my orzo simmer for closer to 8 minutes – came out perfect and made me understand the 3 cups of stock. Overall delicious and very filling. 

  7. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious, as usual! My one year old has eaten the past two nights and loved it too!

  8. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made this tonight.l for the first time- delicious! 

  9. Rated 4 out of 5

    This is delicious but it came out way too soupy. I think 2 cups of broth would probably be just enough. I also squeezed in some lemon juice at the end and it was just the finishing touch it needed. Will make again!

  10. Rated 4 out of 5

    Loved it but husband prefers white meat so will try using both next time. Also will add another 1/2 cup of broth. Found the sauce very thick.

  11. Rated 5 out of 5

    Super yummy! Changed the recipe a bit to work for my family – less mushrooms and spinach and added frozen peas and carrots too. Flavours were great. Nice to have for leftovers too!

  12. Rated 4 out of 5

    I made this last night. I used arugula, 2% milk, Penzeys seasoned salt and Penzeys ground black pepper. With so much liquid, I had to add an additional 1/2 cup (by weight, 3 oz.) orzo. As with most one-pot dishes with orzo, the orzo gets lost…thus, the 4 stars. I would make this again (very tasty) but use a larger pasta.

  13. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! Came together really easily. I would definitely make it again.

  14. Just a question. I am wondering if I could use coconut milk as a sub for heavy cream?

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Very good. Family loved it.

  16. Rated 4 out of 5

    I was really excited to make this for the family today. Maybe I didn’t season the chicken with enough S&P but the chicken did not come out very good and too cold by the time I had the orzo ready. The orzo and veggies did come out really well though, and I kicked back the chicken stock and did add more orzo (1 1/4 cups) so that it wouldn’t be so liquify. Overall a good dish but would probably grill the chicken like Chungah did in here IG video for better flavor.

  17. Rated 5 out of 5

    just made it tonight. was a little more liberal with the heavy cream and parmesan cheese 😉 came out delish!!

  18. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious! It has become a family favorite and my son’s special request dinner.  Thank you for sharing this incredible recipe! 

  19. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious! My husband and I both loved it I will definitely make this again!

  20. I never post reviews but OH MY WORD. This is incredibly delicious. My whole family loved it! Thanks for sharing! 

  21. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this for dinner last night and my husband and I loved it! He said it tasted like something from a restaurant and said it was delicious quite a few times. I added a bit more orzo (I used 1.25 cups) and it still turned out fine. Thank you for the recipe!

  22. Rated 5 out of 5

    Whole family loved it- even my little kids who typically refuse mushrooms. My husband was wowed, although he usually dislikes “one pot” dishes. This is a keeper!

  23. Rated 4 out of 5

    Overall I liked this. I did find it too salty. I left out the salt on the chicken knowing that I’m salt sensitive. Maybe low sodium stock would help.

  24. Rated 5 out of 5

    I loved this recipe! It’s really simple to put together. I’ve tried a few recipes where the “one pot” pasta dish came out way too starchy but following this recipe, it rendered a great dish that wasn’t too starchy. I also put some cherry tomatoes in the dish, which added great colour. I ended up also using cooking cream (which is 20% fat) but using about 250mL, which still made this a great dish.

  25. Rated 5 out of 5

    My whole family loved it! Chicken took a little longer to cook than recipe states. No shallots, used sweet onion. Used 1.5 cups orzo.  Definitely make again. 

  26. Is there a substitute that can be used for the mayonnaise?

    • Made this tonight and it turned out so good. I used 2 cups of chicken stock, as I thought it was going to be to liqudy, and it was a perfect amount for me. I m not a big fan of thyme so I left it out and used more parsley. I also shook a bit of paprika on top of the chicken pieces.

    • WHAT mayonnaise???

  27. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was delicious! It took a little longer than I expected for the chicken to cook. Once you factor in both sides and cooking in batches, it ends up being over 20 minutes for all the chicken, but it was worth the longer than expected cooking time. The orzo and mushrooms are so creamy and delicious; I could eat that alone as a meal!

  28. Rated 4 out of 5

    I made this with frozen sliced mixed mushrooms (white, cremini, shitake, portabello) and half of a yellow onion because 1) I forgot the shallots [insert facepalm] and 2) I really wanted the mushrooms to be organic and that was all I could find. I wasn’t sure it was going to work out b/c the frozen mushrooms created a lot of liquid and basically deglazed the pan earlier than I think was intended. Regardless, the flavor ended up being stunning! I LOVED that this recipe uses a lot less dairy than I’ve seen in similar recipes. It created a creaminess without creating so much weight in our stomachs. Also, the flavor was stunning before the dairy, so really you could make it without the cream and Parmesan, if you wanted to. The spinach ended up a bit slimy, so I might try some dinosaur kale next time to keep that green flavor without that texture. That’s the only reason I gave this four stars instead of five. On the whole I’m thrilled with this recipe. Thank you so much for sharing it!!

  29. This is a “restaurant quality” meal.  Absolutely delicious, and I love it only uses one pan!  

  30. Rated 5 out of 5

    Delicious and so easy to put together. My husband loved it and even my 3 year old said the orzo was yummy! Thanks for another winner. 🙂

  31. Rated 5 out of 5

    This was amazing! I made the recipe as written. 

  32. Rated 5 out of 5

    I must say that recipe pictures are very eye-catching and yes the recipe looks well-explanatory too. I have decided to try this recipe at home tomorrow. For its preparation, I have ordered mushrooms and Chicken from Licious. Just wanna ask the replacement of Dijon mustard.
    Waiting for your early reply!!

  33. Rated 5 out of 5

    So easy and yummy… absolutely LOVE that this was really a ONE POT recipe!! Will definitely be making this again. 

  34. Rated 5 out of 5

    yummy

  35. Rated 5 out of 5

    Even with two picky eaters, we loved it! I was planning to make something new the next day but everyone asked for leftovers! 

  36. Rated 5 out of 5

    Looks so good.

    I’m going to try to make it and add some modifications here and there and then post it on my site.

  37. Rated 5 out of 5

    So good. So easy. Such good leftovers. Going into the rotation!!

  38. Rated 5 out of 5

    Excellent recipe!! Made it tonight for my family for the first time. Absolutely delicious! If you don’t have heavy cream on hand, it’s ok, it’s a beautiful brown sauce without it. I tried it with, next time I may omit. I was nervous about adding the spinach…so glad I did! Made the dish come alive! So many wonderful flavors. I love all the recipes on DD website. 

  39. Rated 4 out of 5

    Great dish! My family loved it, despite my children refusing to eat mushrooms. Made like a umami risotto-ish dish. My husband asked for it to go in rotation.

  40. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this tonight woe what a big hit!!!!!  Will definitely be a keeper at this house.

  41. I have to laugh at the comment about not using any more chicken thighs. Any time I find a recipe with chicken breast, I automatically switch it to the thigh because that’s what I like or move on to find another recipe I like. Many substitutions can be made for dish like this, even the pasta and veggies. I used broccoli and carrots because I did have enough spinach. I added more orzo like some people recommended. My husband and I thought this was delicious and will make it again regularly.

  42. Bravo! This was not only SUPER easy but also very delicious! My family enjoyed it so much. I look forward to eating/cooking many more. Thank you 🙂

  43. Rated 5 out of 5

    Loved this dish. Definitely going to be in rotation throughout the fall and winter at our house. My only thought/note is it felt a bit salty. I followed the measurements to a T (at least I sure think I did). Only thought is to pull back the broth a bit. Regardless, SO good. So satisfying. An excellent way to blend orzo, chicken, and veggies. Chungah, you are simply the best. 

  44. Rated 1 out of 5

    Such a disappointment. Love most of your recipes but this one got thumbs down from entire family. 

    • What was it that your family didn’t like? I love to read reviews, both good and bad, because it helps me evaluate the recipe. Having more details on why you didn’t like it could be helpful! 

  45. Rated 5 out of 5

    Prepared this dish for dinner this evening and it was a hit.   

  46. Rated 5 out of 5

    Prepared this for my family this evening and it was a smashing success.  It was delicious, easy to prepare and my husband the dishwasher in our home appreciates the fact it was cooked in one pot.  I have cooked so many of your recipes and have yet to find one that is anything but delicious.   Keep up the good work!

  47. Rated 5 out of 5

    Yum, Yum, Yum!

    Made this last night and very flavourful & delicious! I prefer a little bit more sauce so just added another cup of stock I had on hand as well as 1/2 c. half & half instead of 1/4 c. heavy cream and was very happy & pleased with the dish. Could have added a bit more orzo but wasn’t a deal-breaker. Was super easy and like others, was really happy had leftovers for lunch the next day 🙂 Thank you for sharing these amazing recipes; I always look at your blog first when I am in need of some “inspiration” and am never disappointed…keep them coming!

  48. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this last night. Delicious!

  49. Can this be made ahead of time and then reheated? 

  50. Rated 5 out of 5

    OMG. So damn delicious! Thanks for your emails. I’ve made several of your dinner recipes! This was so much fun. And the recipes are very easy to follow. The chicken took a while for me to cook, but then everything went together quickly after that. I lined up & measured all the ingredients as I was letting the chicken cook. SO flipping good! This recipe just ticked all the boxes for me. Relatively healthy (not a canned soup), savory, flavorful, lots of protein (I work out & so I doubled the chicken) and veggies! I added a salad. Now I have leftovers that I am so excited about. LOL. Love your recipes & your website!

  51. Rated 5 out of 5

    My whole family licked their plates. This was delicious!  I used chicken breasts split lengthwise. Thankful I made enough to have leftovers. 

  52. Rated 4 out of 5

    Quick and easy. Needs more orzo. Not enough for a side dish. Used chicken breast and split them to cut down cook time. A simple recipe that you can add whatever vegetables you like. I added chopped tomatoes and basil. 

  53. Rated 5 out of 5

    Hey,

    I love to cook and try something new always in my dishes. I was excited to cook after going through your recipe. I’ve followed your instructions and the result was that I finished with a delicious dish.

    Thanks for sharing this

  54. Rated 5 out of 5

    I made this with chicken breasts and it was amazing.  So easy and I love that it was a one pot meal.  

  55. Haven’t tried yet, but this recipe Sounds & looks delicious, what could you suggest to sub for the mushrooms? We both aren’t mushroom eaters.

  56. I live in a small condo and tend not to keep a lot of less common ingredients, like orzo.
    Would it be possible to substitute rice?  If so, would you recommend Arborio, long grain white, or medium grain brown?  Those are the ones I routinely have.

    • Orzo and rice are not the same thing at all. Orzo is pasta, usually made from wheat. You can make something similar with rice but the liquid requirements and the timing are different. Look up Chix and rice or arroz can pollo recipes for comparison.

    • Kelly Am, you can easily use fettuccini or linguini noodles as a substitute. Just cut them down into ¼ inch – ½ inch pieces. Good luck if you try it. I’ll be making the recipe tonight.

  57. Rated 5 out of 5

    Thank you so much for this recipe!! I’m making this for dinner tonight! My family loves chicken and I have all of these ingredients on hand. I love all of your recipes and share them with family and friends. Would love to get your new book. I follow you on IG too.
    Thanks for sharin the love!!

  58. Rated 5 out of 5

    Keep up Chix thigh recipes!  They are delicious, affordable, easy to find and healthy!  Thank you for all the great ideas.  I for one, greatly appreciate your creativity, costs concerns  and use of easily found, healthy choice  ingredients.

  59. Could you stop with the chicken thighs already. I hate them. You use them too often. 

    • Hi Pj. Next time you feel the need to spread rudeness and entitlement, please keep in mind that we are a team of 4 amazing women working hard to provide these professionally-tested recipes for all of our awesome home cooks out there. We ask that you do not hesitate to receive your recipes elsewhere and maybe try it with some kindness. Have a great day!

      • You Go Girl!!!

      • Excellent and professional reply.

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        Hi!! This recipe looks AMAZING!!! We are planning on trying it either tmoro or for Sunday Dinner. We both are little lactose challenged. If we omitted the heavy cream, would that significantly alter the flavor of the dish? If so, might you Be able to recommend something to replace the heavy cream? Thank you in advance for the reply!

      • Rated 5 out of 5

        Well said. 
        PS – I love chicken thighs!!!

      • PJ, if you are a regular here, then you would know that ANY recipe can easily have substitutions…chicken thighs can, for the most part, be swapped for breasts but you would just need to consider the meat wouldn’t be as tender as the thighs but easily substituted OR, try another protein of your choice! To Jana’s point, you are not the only one on this blog…we all enjoy different things, hence, substitutions and experimentation are a great way to make a recipe our own!
        To the 4 amazing women that are taking the time to test, experiment, re-test and publish these recipes, THANK YOU! 🙂

    • Rated 5 out of 5

      This looks absolutely delicious and easy and we’ll be adding it to our dinner line-up come the very next grocery shop. Thank you for the free recipes that you put so much effort into.

      If they were out of chicken thighs – or if for some reason I was suddenly overwhelmed with hatred for them – I guess any half-decent cook wouldn’t be hard pressed to replace them with chicken breasts or drumsticks or steaks or duck or salmon with just a little thought/experimentation. 😉

    • i have to say i am not a fan of thighs either. i just sub breasts.

    • PJ , You are a jerk!!Go elsewhere if you don’t like what we all like on this site 

    • Omg….there are so many recipes on this fantastic site.  Ever thought of being thankful and appreciative during a time like this? Just spreading some kindness will make this place a better world. 

  60. Love your recipes! This sounds really great but my husband is gluten free. Do you think I could substitute rice for pasta?

    • This is for Elaine – I’m also gluten free. I found GF orzo that works well in place of regular orzo.  It’s Delallo brand and so far I haven’t found an orzo recipe it hasn’t worked with.  Although I haven’t tried this one, I will very soon.

      • Laura,
        Thank you very much for answering my question. I will begin a search for this product!! Excited to know it exists
        Elaine

    • Rated 4 out of 5

      This is easy and yummy. I used unsalted chicken stock and would not use any additional salt except for seasoning the chicken before cooking. End result was about too salty for my taste. I would also use milk instead of heavy cream….it’s creamy enough. I’ll be sharing this and will make it again. This is definitely a recipe that you can play around with to suit your palette.

  61. Can you make this with chicken breasts instead?

  62. Rated 5 out of 5

    Looks amazing and has all my fav ingredients. One question, I am lactose sensitive so can I substitute yoghurt for the heavy cream? 

  63. I would love to make this yummy looking dish, but first, I do need to approximately how many calories per serving? Thanks so much for your recipes. Carol

    • Hi Carol! Nutritional information is provided only for select recipes at this time. However, if it is not available for a specific recipe, we recommend using free online resources at your discretion (you can Google “nutritional calculator”). Hope that helps!