There's nothing better in a cook's eye than only needing one pan to complete a dish! And with this apricot chicken baked together with orzo and herbs, that's exactly what you get! It's super simple, goes together in a pinch, and is perfect for a weeknight meal!
Keyword apricot, chicken, one pan, one skillet
Prep Time 10minutes
Cook Time 50minutes
Total Time 1hour
4skin-on, bone-in chicken thighs
Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a 10- or 12-inch cast-iron (or oven-ready) skillet, heat 1 tbsp olive oil over medium. Sprinkle the chicken thighs with 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp pepper on all sides. Once the oil is hot, add the chicken, skin side down. Sear until the chicken skin is deep golden brown and releases from the skillet easily, 6-8 minutes. Remove from the skillet and set aside.
In the same skillet, add prepared leeks. Sauté until soft and just beginning to turn golden, 5-7 minutes.
Remove the skillet from the heat and add orzo, apricots, rosemary, and sage. Stir to combine and add the orange juice and chicken stock. Nestle the chicken thighs skin side up. Add 1 tsp salt and ½ tsp pepper.
Bake in preheated oven until the orzo is tender and the chicken thighs reach 160°F, 30-40 minutes. Remove from oven and allow to rest 10 minutes before serving.