This Creamy Chicken Sausage Orzo Skillet is the perfect weeknight meal loaded with flavorful chicken sausage, tender orzo, tons of garlic and leafy spinach easily made in just 20 minutes all in one pan!  

This Creamy Chicken Sausage Orzo Skillet is the perfect weeknight meal loaded with flavorful chicken sausage, tender orzo, tons of garlic and leafy spinach easily made in just 20 minutes all in one pan!  

You all are going to love this cozy, comforting creamy chicken sausage orzo skillet!  An easy one pot dinner made in just 20 minutes with pantry ingredients that is perfect for busy weeknights when you need something quick.  Not only is this hearty dish packed with lean protein, but you also get a boost of potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C from the spinach.  This has quickly become a meal the entire family loves and I just simply adjust the spice level for my 4 year old accordingly.

Why You’ll Love this Recipe

  • Packed with protein and so much flavor!
  • Easy one pan dinner made in just 20 minutes.
  • Made all in one skillet for easy preparation and clean up.
  • Can be served as a main dish or a hearty side dish.

This Creamy Chicken Sausage Orzo Skillet is the perfect weeknight meal loaded with flavorful chicken sausage, tender orzo, tons of garlic and leafy spinach easily made in just 20 minutes all in one pan!  

Ingredients You’ll Need

  • chicken sausage – I used this spicy Italian chicken sausage, but any type of Italian sausage will work in this recipe or you could even use ground chicken, turkey or beef.
  • orzo – orzo pasta is small, rice-shaped pasta that cooks quickly and has the magical ability of soaking up all these delicious flavors!  If you don’t have orzo, any type of small pasta or even rice will work in this dish.
  • garlic – you can use fresh chopped cloves garlic or minced garlic from the jar.
  • chicken broth – feel free to use chicken broth, vegetable broth or any stocks you have on hand.
  • coconut milk – this helps makes this orzo dish extra creamy, but you could also use heavy cream, half and half, or even regular milk.
  • soy sauce – adds a boost of flavor!
  • parmesan cheese – freshly grated parmesan cheese adds to the creaminess of this orzo and adds more flavor.  Other cheese options include asiago, pecorino romano cheese or gruyere.
  • spinach – adds a boost of nutrition and a pop of color.
  • fresh thyme – this is optional, but adds some earthiness and flavor.  Fresh chopped sage, rosemary or parsley would taste great too!
  • seasonings – combination of onion powder, red pepper flakes, kosher salt and black pepper.  Feel free to use as much or as little of the red pepper flakes depending on how much spice you want in this dish.

How to Make Chicken Sausage Orzo Skillet

  1. Cook the chicken sausage.  Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the chicken sausage until browned and cooked through, about 6 to 7 minutes.  Add in minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, until fragrant, being careful not to burn it.
  2. Add in the orzo.  Add in the dry orzo and toast in the pan along with the chicken sausage and garlic for about 60 seconds.  Pour in the chicken broth (or chicken stock) to deglaze the pan then add in the coconut milk, soy sauce, seasonings and fresh thyme, mixing well.
  3. Cover and simmer.  Bring the orzo mixture to a boil then turn the heat down, cover and let the orzo simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally so that the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  Orzo is ready once it is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Mix in the spinach and cheese.  Stir in the spinach leaves and cook until they are wilted then add in the freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Taste and season with additional salt and pepper or a pinch of red pepper flakes, if needed, and enjoy this creamy orzo skillet!

This Creamy Chicken Sausage Orzo Skillet is the perfect weeknight meal loaded with flavorful chicken sausage, tender orzo, tons of garlic and leafy spinach easily made in just 20 minutes all in one pan!  

FAQS

Can I make this dairy-free?  Absolutely!  Just make sure to use coconut milk (not heavy cream) and leave out parmesan cheese or use vegan parmesan cheese to make this dairy-free.

What if I don’t have chicken sausage?  No problem!  Feel free to use chicken breasts (sliced or whole), ground chicken, ground turkey or ground sausage, or feel free to leave the protein out completely for a meatless dish.

What are some other variations?  You could add in sun dried tomatoes for even more flavor along with sliced mushrooms, bell peppers or green veggies such as broccoli, asparagus or zucchini.

Is orzo the same as risotto?  Orzo is a form of wheat pasta while risotto is a rice dish and while they are cooked very similarly, orzo cooks much faster making it perfect for an easy weeknight meal.

What can I serve with this orzo dish?  I like to serve this with a side salad for even more nutrition along with some crusty bread to sop up all that delicious sauce!

This Creamy Chicken Sausage Orzo Skillet is the perfect weeknight meal loaded with flavorful chicken sausage, tender orzo, tons of garlic and leafy spinach easily made in just 20 minutes all in one pan!  

Prepping and Storage

Leftovers should be stored in a sealed, airtight container in the fridge and will last up to 3 to 4 days.  Keep in mind, the orzo will soak up all the sauce as it sits overnight so this dish tastes best enjoyed fresh as possible.

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RECIPE

Creamy Chicken Sausage Orzo Skillet

This Creamy Chicken Sausage Orzo Skillet is the perfect weeknight meal loaded with flavorful chicken sausage, tender orzo, tons of garlic and leafy spinach easily made in just 20 minutes all in one pan!  

Yield: 4 Servings
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Total Time: 25 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 12 oz spicy Italian chicken sausage, sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup orzo, dry
  • 2 cups low sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup full-fat canned coconut milk (or heavy cream)
  • 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon fresh or dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves

Instructions

  1. Drizzle olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and cook the chicken sausage until browned and cooked through, about 6 to 7 minutes.  Add in minced garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds, until fragrant, being careful not to burn it.
  2. Add in the dry orzo and toast in the pan along with the chicken sausage and garlic for about 60 seconds.  Pour in the chicken broth to deglaze the pan then add in the coconut milk, soy sauce, seasonings and fresh thyme, mixing well.
  3. Bring the orzo mixture to a boil then turn the heat down, cover and let the orzo simmer for 10 to 12 minutes, making sure to stir occasionally so that the orzo doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan.  Orzo is ready once it is tender and most of the liquid has been absorbed.
  4. Stir in the spinach leaves and cook until they are wilted then mix in the freshly grated parmesan cheese.  Taste and season with additional salt and pepper, if needed, and enjoy this creamy orzo skillet!

Nutrition Facts:

  • Serving Size: 1/4th of recipe
  • Calories: 358
  • Sugar: 1.7 g
  • Sodium: 1,147 mg
  • Fat: 16.2 g
  • Saturated Fat: 5.6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 28.9 g
  • Fiber: 1.7 g
  • Protein: 27 g

* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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