4.84 from 54 votes

One-Pan “Marry Me” Chicken Orzo

 January 31, 2024

Tender chicken breasts paired with a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce and hearty orzo is such a good combination, it’ll make you want to marry the person who made it for you! Introducing my One-Pan “Marry Me” Chicken Orzo, an easy, delicious take on the classic “Marry Me” chicken. This dish is the perfect weeknight dinner: it comes together with just one pan and and in a matter of minutes, making it the perfect cozy and comforting weeknight dinner.

A big pot of the one-pan "Marry Me" chicken orzo, sitting on a countertop with a spoon resting inside of it

Friends, have you heard of “marry me” chicken? Rumor has it that it began with Ina Garten’s “Engagement Roast Chicken,” but since then, it has been recreated hundreds of times. The lore behind this recipe is that it’s so good, that if you make it for you boyfriend, he will want to marry you. Who knows if that’s actually true, but one thing that is true? This recipe is DELICIOUS!

My take on the classic “marry me” chicken pairs it with one of my favorite ingredients: orzo! Orzo is a thin, rice-like pasta that can be a little easier to digest than traditional pasta. And, when paired with this creamy, sun-dried tomato sauce and chunks of tender chicken, it is truly an unbeatable combination. Talk about comfort food! This recipe is so warm and cozy, and I love making it on a cold night to instantly warm me up!

What You Need to Make This Creamy Chicken Orzo

  • Chicken Breast: Boneless, skinless chicken breast is the key to making this recipe!
  • Olive Oil:  To cook the chicken, I like to choose a better-for-you oil such as olive oil.
  • Garlic: I always recommend using fresh garlic, whenever possible. The flavor is truly unbeatable!
  • Sun-Dried Tomatoes: Make sure that the sun-dried tomatoes are packed in oil, so that they have the best flavor.
  • Seasonings: To perfectly season this chicken, we’ll be using a blend of italian seasoning, paprika, kosher salt, and ground black pepper.
  • Orzo: Orzo is a short-cut pasta that looks like a large grain of rice. It’s a delicious form of pasta to eat when you don’t want to feel super full and sluggish!
  • Chicken Broth or Water: While I love using chicken broth to add flavor to the orzo, you can also use water, if you prefer.
  • Full-Fat Coconut Milk or Heavy Cream: I prefer to use full-fat coconut milk to keep this recipe dairy-free, but heavy cream also works well, here.
  • Fresh Spinach: Spinach is packed with vitamins and minerals and is the perfect way to sneak extra veggies into this recipe.
  • Parmesan Cheese: There is nothing better than taking a bite of creamy, cheesy pasta, and freshly grated parmesan cheese is the perfect addition to this recipe!
A large pot, filled with the chicken and orzo, with the chicken broth actively being poured into the pot
Then, add in the orzo and broth and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium, then cover the pan and allow it to cook for 12 minutes. Remove the cover every few minutes and stir, to ensure that the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

How to Make This Perfect One-Pan Chicken Dish

To make this recipe, start by preparing the chicken. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and slice them into cubes. Set them aside while you prepare the skillet.

Heat a skillet, on the stove, over medium heat, and add in the oil. Once the oil is hot, add in the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the edges start to cook. Then, add in the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, italian seasoning, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper, and cook for 3-4 more minutes.

Then, add in the orzo and broth and stir well. Reduce the heat to medium, then cover the pan and allow it to cook for 12 minutes. Remove the cover every few minutes and stir, to ensure that the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.

Once the orzo is cooked through, add in the coconut milk or heavy cream and spinach and stir until the spinach is wilted. Finally, add in the freshly-grated parmesan cheese and stir one last time.

Once it’s done, remove it from the heat, serve it immediately, and enjoy!

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A big pot of the one-pan "Marry Me" chicken orzo, sitting on a countertop with a spoon resting inside of it

One-Pan “Marry Me” Chicken Orzo

4.84 from 54 votes
Nicole Modic
SERVES 6 Servings
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Tender chicken breasts paired with a creamy sun-dried tomato sauce and hearty orzo is such a good combination, it'll make you want to marry the person who made it for you! Introducing my One-Pan "Marry Me" Chicken Orzo, an easy, delicious take on the classic "Marry Me" chicken. This dish is the perfect weeknight dinner: it comes together with just one pan and and in a matter of minutes, making it the perfect cozy and comforting weeknight dinner.

Ingredients

  • 1.5 Pounds Boneless, Skinless Chicken breast cut into cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 4-5 Cloves Garlic mashed
  • ¾ Cup Sun-Dried Tomatoes packed in oil and drained
  • 2 Teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 2 Teaspoons Paprika
  • ½ Teaspoon Kosher Salt
  • 1 Teaspoon Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 Cup Orzo
  • 2 ¾ Cups Chicken Broth or Water
  • ¾ Cup Full-Fat Coconut Milk or Heavy Cream
  • 2 Large Handfuls Fresh Spinach
  • ¾ Cup Parmesan Cheese freshly grated

Instructions

  • To make this recipe, start by preparing the chicken. Pat the chicken breasts dry with a paper towel and slice them into cubes. Set them aside while you prepare the skillet.
  • Heat a skillet, on the stove, over medium heat, and add in the oil.
  • Once the oil is hot, add in the chicken and cook for 2-3 minutes, until the edges start to cook.
  • Then, add in the sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, italian seasoning, paprika, sea salt, and black pepper, and cook for 3-4 more minutes.
  • Then, add in the orzo and broth and stir well.
  • Reduce the heat to medium, then cover the pan and allow it to cook for 12 minutes. Remove the cover every few minutes and stir, to ensure that the orzo doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
  • Once the orzo is cooked through, add in the coconut milk or heavy cream and spinach and stir until the spinach is wilted.
  • Finally, add in the freshly-grated parmesan cheese and stir one last time.
  • Once it's done, remove it from the heat, serve it immediately, and enjoy!

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  1. Love the flavors. Super easy.. one question. Says heat the skillet to medium and cook chicken then reduce to medium for orzo?

  2. 4 stars
    Made this tonight and while it looks nothing like yours, I did use Chipotle tomatoes instead, it was still very good and delicious. Very easy to make and came together very quickly with minimal fuss including the clean up!

    • Oh no! It could be the chipotle tomatoes, but I can’t be sure without seeing it. I hope it turned out well regardless, Eric!

  3. 5 stars
    Loved this recipe! Will definitely be making again. I used 2 cups of broth and 1/2 cup of heavy cream because I had seen some comments saying it was soupy. Mine did not turn out soupy! Thanks for the great recipe.

    • I’m so glad it turned out well, Abby! Thank you so much for your review!

  4. 4 stars
    This was awesome and super easy to make. Waayy too much cream though! If you want it to be less rich, I would suggest adding 1/4 cup.

  5. This is a real crowd pleaser and simple to whip up. I saw another commenter mention too much liquid, I added less broth because my initial chicken cooking produced extra juice. Ended up taking the lid off about 5 minutes early, letting it reduce some before adding the heavy cream. First recipe from this site, Im divin in!

    • I’m so glad it worked out well for you, Sara! Thank you so much for your review!

  6. 4 stars
    So delicious! The only reason I did not give it five stars is because it most definitely was not enough for six servings and my family was left hungry lol I will definitely be making again but doubling the recipe!!!

    • I’m sorry to hear that, Marcela! I definitely would recommend doubling it next time ☻

  7. Fabulous! Made this again and again and even company worthy! Comes together easily and flavours are spot on! I do cook a little longer than 12 minutes but i double the recipe so we have leftovers!
    Thank you for this keeper!

  8. 3 stars
    There is so much liquid. I’ve been cooking it for 12 minutes, I’m afraid if I keep cooking it down the chicken will be like rubber. I used the right amount of chicken broth. It did seem like a lot when I poured it in. What did I do wrong??

    • I am so happy you enjoyed it, Sydney! Thank you so much for your review!

  9. I love this recipe!! I’ve made this meal for myself and my boyfriend 3 times now. He loves this meal and walkways says “I can’t wait to eat the leftovers for lunch tomorrow.” Thanks so much!

    • Wow, I am so happy to hear that, Ashley! Thank you so much for making it and for leaving such a kind review!

  10. 5 stars
    Fantastic recipe – easy, delicious, and beautiful!

    I haven’t made it with olive oil, so I can’t make a comparison, but I substituted bacon grease, and it was so good.

  11. Do the sun-dried tomatoes add a lot of flavor to the meal? I wanted to use this for a meal train meal, but the kids in the family mdo not like tomatoes.

  12. I have made this recipe twice and will keep it on my rotation. It’s awesome and SO easy!! Like the hardest part is to shred the Parmesan cheese. Thank you Nicole!!!

  13. I made this with cauliflower rice instead of orzo. To do this, I reduced the broth to about 1/3 to 1/2 cup and cooked the mixture with the lid off. Everyone came out well – great recipe!

  14. 3 stars
    Ok.. first time. Man..
    This is SPICY..I looked at the reviews after I made it. Not 1 comment talking about the spice. Not sure where the heat came from. I looked to make sure my paprika wasn’t the issue. My sun dried tomato’s didn’t have xtra heat. Did anyone else find this tooo spicy? May have to reduce paprika?

  15. I just bought your recipe book and saved many of your recipes online. I’m so excited to make this! Have you ever made your one-pan dishes with rice instead of orzo? Thank you!

  16. After googling for a chicken & orzo recipe, I found yours! Super simple and I love only using one pot! My spinach didn’t look appealing so I omitted it and subbed some dairy free blue cheese crumbles for the cream/coconut milk. I loved it! Will check out more of your recipes!

    • I am so glad you enjoyed this recipe, Jackie! Thank you so much for your review!

  17. 5 stars
    Made this tonight – it was so easy and delicious!! Will definitely be adding this to our dinner recipe rotation. We used store bought grated parm instead of freshly grated and it still turned out fantastic.

    • I am so glad it turned out well for you, Emma! Thank you so much for your review!

  18. 5 stars
    Made this and left it uncovered for the last 5 minutes of cooking. It was perfect! I used coconut milk instead of heavy cream and I ended up using a little more salt as well. Definitely saving this recipe!

    • I am so happy it turned out well for you, Cari! Thank you so much for making it and for leaving a review!

  19. Another Kale Junkie win! My husband of almost 35 years said he’d marry me all over again after that delicious dish! Thank you Nicole!

    • WOW! I love hearing that, Jackie! Thank you so much for making it and for leaving a review!

  20. 5 stars
    This recipe was so easy and delicious! I’m going to try subbing the orzo for protein orzo next batch, just to see if it works alright. Do you have the nutrition facts on this?

    Thanks for sharing this great dish!

  21. Hands down one of our new favorite recipes! Honestly, every single recipe I have tried from Kale Junkie has been amazing! It’s rare for me to find so many from one person that I love. I usually have to dig. Being from Louisiana, my family and I appreciate so much flavor and many I’ve come across are always missing something…not these!! So flavorful and delish!!

  22. 5 stars
    I saw your video on instagram and I said let me try “Marry Me” Chicken Orzo. It was the best decision I have made regarding dinners! My entire family loved Loved LOVED it. It was simple to make. Did not take long to make and it is the best meal I have made in a long time! If I didn’t make it myself, I would have thought I ordered it from a restaurant. So glad I found you on instagram. I can’t wait to try some of your other recipes!!

    • I am so thrilled to hear that you loved this recipe, Laura! Thank you so much for making it and for all of your support. This truly means the world to me!

  23. Amazing! This was quick, easy and absolutely delicious. My husband asked me to put it in our monthly meal rotation from here on out.

  24. 5 stars
    Made it twice already. The second time I had to double the batch because my family, (family of 5) devoured it and were looking for left overs the next day! Delicious and easy to make. Thank you for sharing your recipes!

    • I LOVE hearing that, Leslie!! Thank you so much for making it and for sharing it with your family!

  25. Made it twice already. The second time I had to double the batch because my family, (family of 5) devoured it the first time and were looking for left overs the next day!

  26. 5 stars
    What a wonderful meal this was. So flavourful and it truly is a keeper in your repertoire of recipes. I usually use cream in these typ of saucier dishes but the coconut milk was lovely. The kids even ate this dish and asked for seconds!

    • I am so thrilled that you enjoyed it, Diana! Thank you so much for making it and for leaving such a kind review!

  27. This is the first recipe of yours that I have made, and I LOVE it. I’ve made it a couple times just as you instruct. I need more recipes like this that are so delicious and healthy and easy. I have 3 little boys including a baby, and I can mostly make this with one hand 😉 Even my picky husband likes it. It really hits the spot.

  28. 5 stars
    Love this!

    New here. Stumbled across this recipe and have already made it twice. (And told my siblings to make it too.)

    Notes: we used coconut milk first time and heavy cream the second time; both equally tasty. We also added mushrooms and used GF orzo which takes a bit longer.

    Thank you for an excellent weeknight meal!

    • I am so thrilled that you loved this recipe, Katie!! Thank you so much for making it and for sharing it with your siblings, that means SO much to me!

  29. 3 stars
    I would use cream instead of coconut milk next time. It’s more of an Italian dish. The coconut makes it taste like Thai food which doesn’t really complement the sun-dried tomatoes.

    • Hi Katie, I’m sorry to hear that! You can also use heavy cream in this recipe, if you prefer ☻

  30. 5 stars
    It’s delicious & easy to make! All the flavors I love wrapped into one dish. The entire fam loved it. I gave my teenage girls the recipe to make & they nailed it. Thank you!

    • Yay! I am so thrilled that your teenage girls were able to make it! Thank you so much for your review!