Chicken & Orzo Pasta Bake

Chicken & Orzo Pasta Bake

An easy and quick one-dish meal with chicken, orzo, spinach and sun-dried tomatoes, all ready to pop in the oven in 30 minutes! Perfect for a mid-week family dinner.

Difficulty: Beginner Prep Time 30 min Cook Time 45 min Total Time 1 hr 15 mins
Cooking Temp: 200  °C Servings: 4
Best Season: Suitable throughout the year

Ingredients

Main:

Chicken Topping Sauce:

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 200C/400F.

  2. First prepare the chicken topping sauce.

  3. Cut the top of each chicken breast not all the way down diagonally then across again to make diamond shape cuts and set aside. 

  4. Scatter the orzo pasta all over the base of your baking dish. 

  5. Top with parmesan cheese, spinach, onions, garlic and sun-dried tomatoes. 

  6. Drizzle the 3 tablespoons of sun-dried tomato oil on top, then pour over the chicken stock and cream and stir everything together.

  7. Place the chicken breast on top and snuggle it slightly down in between the filling.

  8. Spoon and brush the chicken sauce on top of the chicken and season everything with freshly ground pepper. 

  9. Cover the dish with foil and bake in oven for 45 minutes, until chicken breast is fully cooked through.  

  10. Remove from oven, squeeze lemon juice on top and garnish with fresh basil. 

  11. Serve and enjoy!