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Chicken with Artichokes

plate with chicken, artichokes, and orzoThis is one of those recipes that caught my eye in a magazine and I couldn’t wait to make. I held on to this recipe for quite some time too, in search of frozen artichoke hearts. I can not find them for the life of me! I have looked in every grocery store as well as a health food store. Unfortunately no Whole Foods or Trader Joes nearby so I finally gave up looking and subbed in canned artichoke hearts. I love the flavors in this dish, its very light and easy to put together. The spice from the peppers is a great contrast to the light wine sauce.

plate with chicken, artichokes, and orzo

If you haven’t tried cooking with chicken thighs yet, you should really give them a try. I’ve always stuck to the white meat when it comes to chicken, but after trying chicken thighs out one time I realized what everyone was talking about. The chicken definitely is juicier and has more flavor. I’m not giving up on chicken breasts, but it’s nice to have something different to switch up every now in then.

Enjoy! plate with chicken, artichokes, and orzo

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Chicken with Artichokes

  • Author: Aggie's Kitchen
  • Category: Chicken
  • Method: Stovetop

Ingredients

  • 24 TB olive oil
  • 8 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 3 1/2 pounds)
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 pound orzo (I used whole wheat orzo)
  • 2 cans artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1/3 cup chopped parsley
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 4 jarred hot cherry peppers, thinly sliced, plus 2 TB of their liquid

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Season the chicken with salt, place in the skillet skin side down and cook until golden-brown, about 7 minutes on each side; transfer to a plate. Reserve the skillet.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium pot of boiling salted water, cook the orzo until al dente, about 5 minutes. Drain and add the remaining olive oil and 3 tablespoons parsley.
  3. In the reserved skillet, cook the onion and garlic in the chicken drippings over medium heat until softened, 7 minutes. Add the artichoke hearts, wine, chicken broth and cherry peppers and boil until reduced by half, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining parsley, fresh ground pepper and hot pepper liquid. Return the chicken to the skillet and simmer until heated through, 1 minute. Transfer the orzo to a platter and top with the chicken and sauce.
  4. Serve with sprinkled Parmesan cheese.

plate with chicken, artichokes, and orzo

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35 comments on “Chicken with Artichokes”

  1. As always, your food looks beautiful. I’m actually planning on making a dish like this soon, but the recipe is from Everyday Food. I love the idea of serving it with orzo. (And I never knew whole wheat orzo existed!)

  2. Josh would love this- he is a huge artichoke fan! In fact, I just made him pizza with artichokes last night! Another great one

  3. This looks homely and delicious. It also appears to be very easy to prepare. Thanks for posting. Anything made with chicken thighs catches my attention.

  4. Looks awesome, as always Aggie !!

  5. Looks delicious! Similar to a recipe in the Healthy Cooking issue I just received today… your pictures are definitely more appealing though!

  6. This looks fabulous and your version has caught my eye!

  7. I agree about the chicken thighs. I don’t use them nearly enough. Thanks for the reminder… the recipe looks great!

  8. Do you ever stop cooking?! Looks super yummy …

  9. I love chicken things and artchokes. next time, I will make it with orzo.

  10. This recipe has all my favorite flavors! I started cooking with chicken thighs occasionally last year and I totally agree that they are wonderful. Orzo is one of my favorite pastas too.

  11. Wonderful meal and delicious with orzo!

  12. We love aritichokes – I bet this was so delicious!

  13. This looks SO good (especially with those chicken thighs!). It has been starred to make soon!

  14. I love artichokes! This dish looks wonderful!

  15. This looks wonderful and I’m totally with you on thighs…ever since I tried substituting breasts for thighs in my coq au vin. Thighs make the dish!

  16. I love the flavors of this dish. It looks delicious and simple to make.

  17. I found frozen artichokes once, but they were sooo expensive. Yeeshk. I suppose you’re paying so that you don’t have to do the work of trimming your own.

    This is one of those dishes I told Steve he is now forced to try. He thinks he doesn’t like artichokes. Heh. I love them and this dish sounds great. And chicken thighs? I switched last summer and never looked back.

    Side note, your all white layout is looking really nice!

    …can I find anything else to ramble about? Jeez haha.

  18. Looks like a great weeknight chicken dish! I need to mix it up and buy some chicken thighs next time.

  19. I am a white meat girl as well. I have never cooked with dark meat. I suppose I should give it a try

  20. Yum! I remember reading this recipe too and thinking how good it looked. Thanks for trying it out for me, now that I know it is a winner I will add it to be To Make list!

  21. I’m all about the white meat (Sara and Geoff think they are just SO cool for preferring their “juicy and flavorful” dark meat, PHEW!

    I admittedly am not a Rachel Ray fan (especially new haircut/not appropriately fitting clothing) but, BUT this does sound delicious. You made it look very pretty, as always!

  22. I make a dish that is very similar to this one. I love chicken with artichokes. Well I just love artichokes!! It looks great.

  23. I love chicken, artichokes and orzo so this dish sounds delicious to me!

  24. This looks great – I love, love artichokes! I used to automatically pair them with spinach but I’m starting to learn that the artichoke has many, many more uses!

  25. Looks very appealing! Great way to prepare chicken.

  26. That looks so good!

    I didn’t know about whole wheat orzo either!

    Your pics look great!

  27. Aggie, this looks AMAZING! I could easily eat this a few nights a week as it has all my favorite things. Great recipe!

  28. Aggie,
    Thanks for helping Jamie with her blog,it is too cute. Nancy is going to make your tacos tonight,they looked great.
    Paula & Jacie

  29. Thanks for the recipe, it looks great. I’m allergic to orzo, but I’m going to try it out with brown rice instead and see how it turns out.

  30. I hate it when you can’t find an ingredient in the stores. It is so frustrating!

    The chicken looks yummy. Do you think it made a difference using the canned artichokes?

  31. Aggie, this is superb! I love all things artichoke, and this is right up my alley. The orzo looks wonderful with it, too. Happy Mother’s Day!

  32. The food and the photos look fabulous, chicken thighs are so juicy it deserves a special name.

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