Sun Dried Tomato Basil and Parmesan Orzo with Chicken


Here you have an easy weeknight dinner that is going to knock your socks off! I absolutely loved this Italian inspired orzo dish! I mean the title says it all –  Sun Dried Tomato, Basil and Parmesan Orzo with Chicken. And all that goodness is cooked in one pot (or saute pan in this case. And if you are wondering what a saute pan is, it’s basically just a skillet with taller sides). I wasn’t sure how this was going to turn out, yes it has some of my favorite ingredients (fresh basil, garlic, sun dried tomatoes, parmesan) but when creating a recipe you just never no for sure how it will end up until it’s finished. Well let’s just say I ate my fair share and then some and even my kids loved it! So of course that means this is going to be a regular at my house. Easy, check. Ready in 30, check. Cooked in one pan, check. Unbelievable delicious and satisfying, double check. And like I said this is no doubt a repeat recipe. Even though it doesn’t have a huge list of ingredients it is still packed with so many wonderful flavors and I’m almost certain it will be a win for you too! Enjoy!

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Sun Dried Tomato Basil and Parmesan Orzo with Chicken

5 from 2 votes

Yield: about 4 servings



  • 1 lb boneless skinless chicken breasts , diced into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 1 Tbsp + 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic , minced
  • 1 1/4 cups (8 oz) dry orzo pasta
  • 2 3/4 cups low-sodium chicken broth , then more as needed (don't use regular broth, it will be too salty)
  • 1/3 cup sun dried tomato halves packed in oil with herbs (about 12 halves. Shake off some of the excess oil), chopped fine in a food processor
  • 1/2 - 3/4 cup finely shredded parmesan cheese , to taste
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh basil


  1. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat. Once shimmering add chicken, season lightly with salt and pepper and cook until golden, about 3 minutes then rotate to opposite sides and cook until golden brown and cooked through, about 3 minutes. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil to keep warm. Add remaining 1 tsp olive oil to saute pan then add garlic and saute 20 seconds, or just until lightly golden, then pour in chicken broth while scraping up browned bits from bottom of pan. Bring broth to a boil then add orzo pasta, reduce heat to medium cover pan with lid and allow to gently boil 5 minutes then uncover, stir and continue to boil uncovered until orzo is tender, about 5 minutes longer, stirring occasionally (don't worry if there's still a little broth, it will give it some saucy-ness).
  2. Once pasta has cooked through toss chicken in with orzo then remove from heat. Add in parmesan cheese and stir until melted, then toss in sun dried tomatoes, basil and season with pepper (you shouldn't need any salt but add a little if you'd think it needs it). Add more broth to thin if desired (as the pasta rests it will soak up excess liquid and I liked it with a little excess so I added a little more). Serve warm.
  3. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Sun Dried Tomato Basil and Parmesan Orzo with Chicken | Cooking Classy


  • Ginger Gaubert: This looks amazing! I’m going to have to make this soon! Thanks for posting this recipe. February 16, 2016 at 6:29am Reply

  • Ashley: Made this tonight (minus the basil cause we didn’t have it) and it was DELISH! My kids and hubby asked it become part of the regular rotation. Thanks for posting! February 16, 2016 at 6:25pm Reply

  • leeshin: this dish is tempting my appetite February 17, 2016 at 2:08am Reply

  • Beverley: we love chicken in our house and anything new and exciting such as this one is keeper. Quick easy and tasty it is xoxo February 17, 2016 at 2:26am Reply

  • Mari-Ann Wise: I’m going to take this for a test run tonight to use as a side dish with Tuscan pork tenderloin medallions (thanks, Costco and thanks griller husband!) and will leave the chicken out. Probably some fresh asparagus alongside. Wish me luck! February 21, 2016 at 5:58am Reply

  • Maryline: I made it tonight, we loved it. This one will become a classic in our house. Thanks again for your great recipes. February 24, 2016 at 5:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad to hear Maryline! March 1, 2016 at 11:18am Reply

  • melanie: This is fantastic – it was quick and delicious and I just ate the leftovers for breakfast. WINNER February 25, 2016 at 8:30am Reply

    • Jaclyn: So glad you loved it Melanie! March 1, 2016 at 11:16am Reply

  • Suzie C.: made it last night and it was delicious! I love recipes with a short list of ingredients but packed with flavours. Thank you for an awesome easy weeknight recipe :) March 1, 2016 at 12:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you liked it Suzie! March 1, 2016 at 6:22pm Reply

  • Katie: Made this last night with shrimp instead of chicken. It was delicious! Had a dinner party with 8 people and doubling the recipe was just enough for everyone to have 1 decent sized serving. Heads up, everyone will want more! I squeezed half a lemon over top because of the shrimp. Dinner was a huge hit! Would definitely make this again and try it with chicken. March 5, 2016 at 7:32pm Reply

  • Lena: How do ya’ll think it will be with sundries tomatoes not packed in oil/how could I substitute that? March 21, 2016 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Heather: SO good!! March 23, 2016 at 11:55am Reply

  • Michelle: Making this for the second time tonight. Delicious! March 31, 2016 at 5:54pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your review Michelle! Glad you’ve enjoyed the recipe! April 1, 2016 at 10:08am Reply

  • Regina: I have made this twice now and it’s a new favorite that I can see eating over and over! Thank you so much for all your hard work that goes into your blog! April 1, 2016 at 9:36pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback Regina! I’m so glad you you’ve enjoyed this recipe and thanks for the thanks :)! April 2, 2016 at 10:40pm Reply

  • Missy: Made this for dinner tonight. It was great and easy. It will stay on the rotation for sure! Love the one skillet clean up too. April 26, 2016 at 8:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for your feedback! Glad you enjoyed it Missy! April 27, 2016 at 12:18am Reply

  • Jessie: Made this last night for dinner. It turned out well, but both my husband and I thought it needed a little kick of flavor to cut the creamy, cheesiness of the sauce. I think we’ll increase the amount of garlic next time, and perhaps deglaze the pan with a splash of vinegar or lemon juice before sauteing the garlic. If anyone else has suggestions, let me know! May 18, 2016 at 8:50am Reply

  • Natalie Glusman: Made this tonight and it was so easy and delicious! Thank you so much for this impressive recipe! September 27, 2016 at 5:20pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Natalie! October 4, 2016 at 1:44pm Reply

  • Samantha Slovik: Loved this dish! I made this for dinner the other night for a picky eater. They don’t like any sort of tomatoes, so I substituted them out for broccoli and they really enjoyed it. Will try making the real deal for someone else! Great recipe! October 17, 2016 at 11:54am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked it Samantha! October 18, 2016 at 10:51am Reply

  • Flavie: Hi,
    Could you substitute the pasta for rice? I cant eat gluten and I cant find glutenfree orzo.
    Thanks :) March 4, 2017 at 3:30pm Reply

  • Carla: Made this last night and my husband and I both said YUM at first bite. Definitely a keeper, and going to try adding asparagus and chopped walnuts to it next time – we loved your Asparagus, Tomato and Feta Salad so much the night before and that inspired us to want to try those additions sometime. :) But, awesome as is! Loving your recipes!! June 23, 2017 at 7:11am Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks Carla! So glad you are enjoying the recipes! June 28, 2017 at 12:21pm Reply

  • Noemí: A begginner at cooking. I have a question if anyone can help. I have a big family so i would make about 5 pounds of chicken. Is it right to assume i would just multiply all ingredients by 5??? July 1, 2017 at 12:11am Reply

  • Patricia Bock: Love this dish, with or without chicken. July 19, 2017 at 6:35am Reply

  • Marion E Hysong: Family loved it!
    Thank you. January 21, 2018 at 3:36pm Reply

  • Robin: Really good! March 19, 2018 at 4:12pm Reply

  • Bev: LOVE this recipe! Have made it several times! Love that it’s so quick and easy! April 4, 2018 at 3:13pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Thanks for leaving a comment! So glad it was enjoyed! April 12, 2018 at 12:45pm Reply

  • Randolph: This looks so good!!! I’m catering and an event and want to include an orzo-side. What are your thoughts with this dish, minus the chicken? April 13, 2018 at 4:34am Reply

  • Diana: Delicious and easy to make! :) May 25, 2018 at 2:59pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Glad you liked this recipe Diana! Thanks for the 5 star review! May 26, 2018 at 11:52am Reply

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