Chicken Provencal Skillet with Orzo
This Chicken Provencal Skillet is a simple, yet incredibly flavourful 30-minute meal, perfect for weeknight dinners! It’s wonderfully bright, herbaceous & savoury, & it’s filled with so many good things: shallots, garlic, cherry tomatoes, olives, white wine, lemon, plenty of fresh herbs, served with some orzo to soak up all the lovely sauce.
IN THE KIT
12 ozchicken thighs
1 ozgarlic/shallot blend
4 ozbaby tomatoes
8 ozchicken stock/chicken base blend
1 ozeach of fresh rosemary, thyme & parsley
1 ozgarlic butter
Salt & pepper
Kitchen Items Needed
Oven safe skillet/pot OR large skillet & oven safe dish
Small pot with lid
Preheat oven to 425℉;
Bring pot of water to a boil;
Roughly chop olives, keeping any brine;
Remove leaves from stems & roughly chop parsley;
Slice baby tomatoes in half.
Add orzo to boiling water with a pinch of salt. Cook for 5-7 minutes until just al dente (just cooked with a bit of bite). Drain, rinse with water, add back to pot, cover with lid to keep warm.
Add olive oil to a large oven-safe skillet (or regular skillet) over medium to medium-high heat. Season chicken thighs liberally with salt & pepper. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken, sear for 3-4 minutes per side, or until deeply golden brown. Remove chicken from skillet, set aside on a plate.
Add the shallot/garlic blend to the pan, scraping up the brown bits with a spatula, cooking for 30 seconds - 1 minute or until fragrant. Add the white wine, continuing to scrape up the brown bits. Increase heat to high, simmer for 1-2 minutes. Add chicken stock blend, garlic butter, continue to simmer until melted.
Add chicken & its juices back into the skillet (this skillet will need to be oven safe - use oven safe dish if needed), along with cherry tomatoes, olives, rosemary & thyme springs. Season the skillet/dish with salt & pepper. Make sure all of the ingredients are nestled down into the skillet/dish & its liquid. Bake for 15 minutes, or until the chicken is cooked through & tomatoes are starting to cook down to burst. Discard the rosemary & thyme.
Zest lemon, then cut into wedges.
Divide orzo into bowls. Top with chicken & sauce mixture. Finish with chopped parsley, fresh lemon zest & a squeeze of lemon if desired.