A plate of one-pan lemon chicken orzo with artichoke hearts.

Serena Wolf, author of The Dude Diet, has a new book out: The Dude Diet Dinnertime. It’s filled with “125 Clean(ish) Recipes for Weeknight Winners and Fancypants Dinners.”

I’ve made one recipe — Lemon Orzo Skillet with Chicken and Artichokes — which I’d classify definitely as a weeknight winner but as Serena notes, “it’s equally awesome for entertaining given the sophisticated flavor profile (artichokes and “notes of citrus” = instant fancy).”

Agreed!

I was drawn to the recipe for three reasons:

  1. It’s a one-pan job.
  2. Chicken thighs. As you know, I’m a thigh girl. (But yes, breasts will absolutely work here.)
  3. Artichoke hearts. I recently discovered Trader Joe’s grilled artichoke hearts, and I’m wanting to throw them in everything. (Friends, have you tried them??)

As promised, the recipe came together very quickly, leaving me with an incredibly delicious dinner and few dishes to clean.

What I love about the recipe is that because everything cooks in a single skillet, the ingredients all flavor each other: the orzo absorbs the seasonings of the marinated artichoke hearts, the artichoke hearts absorb the juices of the chicken, the herbes de Provence infuse the whole dish, making everything especially tasty. Fresh lemon juice and zest along with a handful of parsley brighten it all up at the end.

If you wish, you can blanket the pan with a layer of cheese, stick it under the broiler, and then, as Serena says, “bask in your casserole compliments,” but I’ve yet to make it this far — I find it delicious as is straight from the stovetop. If you, however, find yourself with a blistered and bubbling skillet, I have no doubt you will have zero regrets.

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Serena Wolf’s The Dude Diet Dinnertime:
Serena Wolf's Dude Diet Dinners

Here’s the play-by-play: Gather your ingredients.
Ingredients to make one-pan lemon chicken orzo with artichokes.

I highly recommend Trader Joe’s grilled artichoke hearts if you can find them.
A board with a bowl of Trader Joe's artichoke heats.

First, brown the thighs in a little bit of oil for 3 minutes a side.
A skillet with olive oil and 4 chicken thighs browning.

Transfer chicken to a plate, then toast the orzo along with some minced garlic in the same skillet.
A skillet with orzo toasting in olive oil.

Add water (or stock), the artichoke hearts, herbes de Provence, and the chicken.
A skillet of one-pan lemon chicken orzo with artichoke hearts simmering.

Cover, and cook for about 15 minutes.
A skillet on the stovetop with chicken, orzo, and artichokes.

Transfer chicken to a board, and cut into cubes.
A board with 4 cooked chicken thighs being cut into cubes.

Get together the finishing touches: grated cheese, minced parsley, lemon zest and juice.
A board with a bowl of cheese and a heap of chopped parsley.

Add the cheese to the skillet.
A skillet on the stovetop with chicken, orzo, artichokes, and parmesan cheese.

Add the parsley to the skillet.
A skillet on the stovetop with chicken, orzo, artichokes, cheese, and, parsley

Stir to combine.
A skillet on the stovetop with chicken, orzo, artichokes, cheese, and, parsley all stirred together.

At this point, you could cover it with a layer of cheese and broil it, but I love it just the way it is.
An over head shot of a skillet holding one-pan lemon chicken orzo with artichoke hearts.

Serve immediately!
A plate of one-pan lemon chicken orzo with artichoke hearts.

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