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Spanish Style One Pot Chicken Orzo

This Spanish Style Chicken Orzo is not only bursting with flavour, but is all made in one pot, making it THE perfect weeknight dinner!

I really don’t do enough one pot meals on this blog and quite frankly I don’t know why. I hate washing up just as much as the next person. I guess this time round I just couldn’t face the dishes 😂 Any who, thank god I couldn’t, the result is beyond delicious. Follow me…

1 chicken thigh in a white bowl with orzo garnished with parsley

Spanish Style Chicken Orzo

My Spanish Chicken Tray Bake went down so well with you guys, I’ve been meaning to *attempt* to match it’s success for a while now. 

This recipe is similar in flavour, with just a few tweaks. Same with the tray bake though, and the same with every great chicken dinner, let’s start with the marinade.

Spanish Chicken Marinade

  • Olive Oil
  • Lemon Juice
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Oregano
  • Garlic Powder
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Salt & Black Pepper

I suggest marinating over night, with an absolute minimum of 30mins. 

With regards to what cut of chicken to use, I always go for bone in, skin on chicken thighs. I find them the most flavoursome and they always end up being really juicy. AND you get the bonus of crispy chicken skin. Who doesn’t love crispy chicken skin!?

How to marinate and cook chicken thighs

  1. Add your marinade ingredients into a small bowl.
  2. Combine until evenly blended.
  3. Pour over chicken thighs in a separate larger bowl.
  4. Cover and marinate for up to 12 hours.
  5. Place skin side down over medium high heat until crispy, then turn down to medium, flip and cook until white through the centre.

how to make Spanish chicken - 5 step by step photos

One Pot Chicken Orzo

The perfect thing about this dish is that the orzo cooks in the pan with all the other ingredients. No pre-cooking needed. 

The starch from the orzo actually helps to create a silky, creamy sauce which goes down an absolute treat. Almost like a risotto. 

Okay let’s start from removing the chicken thighs.

How to make One Pan Orzo

  1. Fry red pepper and onion until soft.
  2. Add chorizo and garlic, fry for a minute or so longer, then add sun dried tomatoes and olives.
  3. Stir in tomato puree, then add orzo.
  4. Gradually add chicken stock until desired consistency and add seasoning
  5. Give it a final mix to ensure it hasn’t stuck to the pan.
  6. Add chicken thighs back on and garnish with parsley.

How to make One Pot Chicken Orzo - 6 step by step photos

Orzo Risotto

When you’re doing a one pan orzo there’s two ways you can go about it.

First is to make it with dry/fluffy orzo, almost like a Paella. To do this simple cut down the liquid a little bit and when it’s almost cooked, pop on the lid and turn the heat to low.

Second is to make it more saucy, more like a risotto. As you can tell this is how I prefer mine.

Like I said earlier, the starch from the orzo is useful in making creamy sauces, so why not utilise it?

Hey, whilst you’re here why not check out my other recipes?

One Pan/Pot Chicken Dinners

overhead shot of chicken on top of orzo garnished with parsley

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How to make One Pot Chicken Orzo (Full Recipe & Video)

Spanish Style One Pot Chicken Orzo

This Spanish Style Chicken Orzo is not only bursting with flavour, but is all made in one pot, making it THE perfect weeknight dinner!


  • 4-6 Chicken Thighs (bone in, skin on)
  • 2 tbsp each: Olive Oil, Lemon Juice
  • 2 tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1.5 tsp Oregano
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp each: Garlic Powder, Cayenne Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper

One Pot Ingredients

  • 2 cups Orzo
  • 3-4cups / 750ml-1litre Chicken Stock, or as needed
  • 5.3oz / 150g Chorizo, diced
  • 3/4cup / 75g Sun Dried Tomatoes, finely diced
  • 1 medium White Onion, finely diced
  • 1/2 medium Red Pepper, finely diced
  • 1/2cup / 40g Olives, diced
  • 1 tbsp Tomato Puree (Tomate Paste in US)
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp each: Smoked Paprika, Oregano
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Fresh Parsley, to serve
  1. In a small bowl mix together your marinade, then combine in a larger bowl with your chicken. Cover and marinate for up as long as you have time for (up to 12hours).

  2. Fry chicken thighs skin side down over medium-high heat until crispy, then flip, turn down to medium heat and fry until white through the centre. Remove from pan and pour out excess fat, leaving around 1 tsp.

  3. Add your onion & pepper and fry until soft. Add your chorizo & garlic and fry for a couple of minutes longer, then add your sun dried tomatoes and olives. 

  4. Fry off your tomato puree for a few mins then stir in your orzo until completely coated. Gradually start pouring in your stock, stirring so the orzo doesn’t catch to the pan. Use more/less stock depending on consistency preference (see notes). Season with smoked paprika, oregano and salt & pepper when almost cooked.

  5. Add chicken thighs back on top to heat through and garnish with fresh parsley.

a) Consistency – I like mine Risotto style i.e more liquidy, so I tend to use more stock. If you like your orzo more like dried rice, then only add enough liquid until it’s just about cooked, then pop on a lid, turn heat to a low and let the orzo steam to finish cooking. Either way if you run out of stock then use water.

b) Calories – Based on sharing 6 thighs between 4 people (hefty portions!)

Looking for more Easy Dinner Spanish Style recipes? Check out my Spanish Chicken Tray Bake!

Spanish Chicken Tray Bake fresh out the oven

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