Sun-dried tomatoes and Romano cheese pack a flavorful punch along with the tantalizing aroma of fresh marjoram in this rustic Italian-inspired dish. Serve with sautéed fresh spinach or steamed broccolini.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2008
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Cook orzo in a large saucepan of boiling water until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse.

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  • Meanwhile, place 1 cup water, 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, plum tomato, garlic, 2 teaspoons marjoram, vinegar and 2 teaspoons oil in a blender. Blend until just a few chunks remain.

  • Season chicken with salt and pepper on both sides. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chicken and cook, adjusting the heat as necessary to prevent burning, until golden outside and no longer pink in the middle, 3 to 5 minutes per side. Transfer to a plate; tent with foil to keep warm.

  • Pour the tomato sauce into the pan and bring to a boil. Measure out 1/2 cup sauce to a small bowl. Add the remaining 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes to the pan along with the orzo, artichoke hearts and 6 tablespoons cheese. Cook, stirring, until heated through, 1 to 2 minutes. Divide among 4 plates.

  • Slice the chicken. Top each portion of pasta with sliced chicken, 2 tablespoons of the reserved tomato sauce and a sprinkling of the remaining cheese and marjoram.

Nutrition Facts

456 calories; protein 36.2g 72% DV; carbohydrates 53.8g 17% DV; exchange other carbs 3.5; dietary fiber 10.2g 41% DV; sugars 3.5g; fat 11.9g 18% DV; saturated fat 3.1g 15% DV; cholesterol 70mg 23% DV; vitamin a iu 535.9IU 11% DV; vitamin c 5.7mg 10% DV; folate 139.9mcg 35% DV; calcium 168.9mg 17% DV; iron 3.9mg 22% DV; magnesium 144.8mg 52% DV; potassium 785.5mg 22% DV; sodium 377mg 15% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 41% DV.

Reviews (41)

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41 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 30
  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 5
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2019
This was fairly quick and easy and very tasty. I substituted Parmesan for the Romano and dried oregano (1/2 - 1 tsp) for the fresh marjoram. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
06/21/2017
I would make this again. Great flavors. Next time I will use more tomatoes (both sun dried and fresh) because the sauce didn't quite produce enough to cover the chicken and orzo. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/18/2017
I had to use marinated artichoke hearts. My store did not have frozen ones. Otherwise I made it exactly to the recipe. It is a DEFINITE keeper. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/03/2015
TASTY Very simple recipe to follow and the taste is just excellent!! Pros: Easy to prepare Cons: None Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/29/2014
added capers and this was a really good meal Read More
Rating: 4 stars
01/23/2014
Great evening meal! After reading a few negative comments I had my doubts about this recipe but I liked the ingredients so I decided to give it a try. I followed everything but I used a handful of cherry tomatoes oregano instead of marjoram parmesan cheese and balsamic vinegar. The sundried tomatoes did come in oil and the artichokes were Italian fire roasted. With these substitutions I followed all the directions. Yes the chicken takes longer to cook than it suggests but other than that I thought the recipe was brilliant and delicious! There was a lot of flavour from the sundried tomatoes and garlic. I loved it! Because I used cherry tomatoes the sauce was rather wet so I just let it simmer a little longer. If yours was dry try perhaps adding more water? I will definitely make this recipe again as it had all the right stuff in my opinion! I also sprinkled on some chilli flakes onto my portion - perfect! Pros: Very Flavourful and easy to prepare Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
10/26/2013
Disappointing Dish This dish was a big disappointment. I made it exactly as specified and it had no flavor. Adding a bunch of salt and pepper to my portion did not help at all. I will definitely not make this again! Pros: looks pretty Cons: flavorless Read More
Rating: 2 stars
07/19/2012
Chicken in 10 Minutes? I don't know what kind of chicken can be cooked through in 3-5 minutes per side... doubled the cooking time. The tomato sauce was a bit watery as well. This is what I would do next time: Brown chicken on both sides. Remove from pan add sauce to pan. Return chicken to pan and braise for 25 minutes. Remove chicken add in other ingredients serve. This would combat the watery sauce and the undercooked chicken. Pros: Simple Flavorful Cons: Cooking time instructions Read More
Rating: 3 stars
12/01/2011
I cut a few corners to make this easier by using rotisserie chicken and just adding everything together at once instead of all the layering. I think next time I will use a more substantial pasta as the orzo got a little mushy in the reheating. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
11/04/2011
Outstanding! I cut the recipe in half used 3 oz of Orzo for the two of us and used a 6 oz. can of tomato sauce 1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes 1 plum tomato used balsamic vinegar for the red wine vinegar and added 1 tsp. dried Italian seasoning (the sugar levels from using all sun dried tomatoes was not condusive to our low-sugar diet). This was absolutely fabulous!! Very delicious; my husband and I loved it & will make it again!!! Pros: Healthy REALLY tasty! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
The flavor was superb in this dish. I think the amount of sauce could be increased and I doubled amount of garlic. Also if the chicken is marinated in sundried tomato to start it improves the overall flavor. Lastly I broiled my chicken not frying it to reduce amount of oil used. Aleta Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
When my husband first saw it plated he said it looked like he was at a restaurant. We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh light flavors from the artichoke sun dried tomatoes and romano cheese. I could not find frozen artichoke hearts so I opted for canned and think it was just as tasty. I thought the amount of sauce was fine and not overpowering as some Italian marinara sauces are. I will definitely make this again but hope I can find fresh marjoram and whole wheat orzo on the next go round. Melissa Kenner LA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I made this about a week ago and LOVED it. I couldn't find any whole wheat orzo so we used small shells instead. I wasn't too keen on spending so much on the fresh marjoram just for this dish so I opted out of that and it still tasted great! Oh and I put in about 4 cloves of garlic instad of 1. I would suggest doubling the sauce. It just didn't seem like enough (even after I made a little extra with just EVOO and chopped sundried tomatoes) for all of the pasta. Also a few more romas would have been nice. It's a GREAT recipe that can easily be made even better. Katy Beverly MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I just made one change because I didn't have fresh marjoram - I used dried Italian seasoning and I thought it turned out very well. Light and tasty. Ashley Charlotte NC Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I've made this twice and found it delicious! the leftovers are great the next day. this is a keeper! anne Colo. Springs CO Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I love this dish. It was easy but I think next time I will cut up the chicken in cubes and make little more sauce. Lauren Poulsbo WA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This was the easiest and most flavorful entree I have ever fixed. The garlic was subtle and marjoram with it was a delightful surprise!!!!! Also the dried tomatoes gave each bite a burst of summer!!!! Carolyn Gerber Saint Marys WV Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Quick easy and delicious! Jane Southern CA CA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
This came out very good. I did not have artichokes but I added peas instead and it was really yummy. I will make this again. Sarah Boston MA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I made this for my mother and nine year old sister and they loved it! I could not find sun dried tomatoes in my supermarket that were not packed in oil so I patted them down and used the oil from the container instead of the EVOO (they were packed in EVOO anyways). I also skipped the artichokes in favor of serving a nice arugula toasted pine nuts and goat chesse salad. The whole dish went over great and was very easy to make. The nine year old loved it and my mother is still raving about it a week later! Justin Albany NY Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
Made this for the family using dried marjoram instead of fresh and allowing the chicken to simmer in the sauce for 30 minutes to really absorb the flavors and it was absolutely fantastic! Even the little ones loved this. Great balance of flavors and impressed even my picky eater of a husband! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/31/2011
I made this last night for dinner. I substituted bowtie pasta for the orzo and I didn't have marjoram so I used oregano instead....I thought the one clove of garlic was skimpy so I added 7-8 small ones instead and I am glad I did. I also added about 3/4 cup of frozen spinach that I sauteed in a tsp of olive oil with black pepper and garlic powder first. I sprinkled a pinch of mozzarella over the top of the prepared plate and let sit for a few minutes before serving. This meal came out fantastic! Even our very picky teenager liked it! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Made this last night. Husband raved about it. I would also double the sauce and increase the garlic. Also think it needed a big pinch of salt. Used regular orzo as I don't care for the taste of whole wheat. Really a delicious dish. The chicken could also be grilled instead of pan fried. Yummy. A definite make again Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
How long is everyone cooking the sauce for (after it boils)? I felt like mine came out too watery. I also didn't have a blender so I used a magic bullet. Any help would be appreciated. I loved the flavors of the dish but felt like I was eating soup (didn't have orzo was just eating the chicken with the sauce). Overall though I can tell this is going to be an amazing dish! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Having read the other reviews I doubled the amount of sauce which was perfect! LOVED the end result. Personally I think the portions of Orzo were too big...but better having too much than not enough. Next time will try a variation by doubling the amount of sun-dried tomatoes as we LOVE them and by adding Kalamata olives and topping with toasted Pine nuts for some crunch! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I LOVE this recipe! it turned out fabulous! I did add more garlic and added moz cheese. I will probably add more sun dried tomoatoes next time. But very good! Heather - Blaine MN Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe. It is very flavorful. So much so that I made it twice in one week! I used the Magic Bullet to blend the sauce. Just be careful not to blend the sauce too much. Blend until there are some chunks still left. Don't over blend or it will be a little soupier. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I made this last week and I was surprised at how good it was. I'm not a huge fan of garlic so I used only 1/2 clove but the rest was wonderful. I didn't have Orzo so I used Tubitini (tubes) pasta - still came out good. I will make again and use Orzo. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
I also LOVE this dish! I used tri-color bow tie pasta instead of orzo. I love garlic so I used a giant clove and I would also use more sun dried tomatoes next time. Overall i loved this meal and I will definitely make it again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/30/2011
Looks good; can be made vegetarian very easily!! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I usually like marjoram but for some reason it seems a bit much in this recipe. The dish tastes very "perfume-like". I usually only like sun-dried tomatoes in small doses so that was another reason why I don't think I liekd this dish very much. The flavor just seemed off. I added two cloves of garlic instead of one blended all of the sun-dried tomatoes instead of only 1/4 cup (this may be why it didn't taste right to me). I also added some chicken broth since the tomato mixture was very thick. I don't think I would make this again. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
My market didn't carry fresh marjoram so I used fresh italian parsley and thyme. My husband is also picky but commented "I enjoy everything but not too enthusiastic about the rice." Shows you how much time he spends in the kitchen...too funny! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I thought that this meal was delicious. It was very simple to make and came out wonderful. I used Italian parsley instead of marjoram since my neighborhood store did not carry it I felt that the taste was still good. It's very filling and the sun dried-tomatoes were my favorite part. I would make this dish again! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
I made this for dinner last night and my husband and I just LOVED it!!! Next time I will double the amount of sauce and cut the orzo in half. There really was a lot. I doubled the garlic and could have tripled it. I had no artichokes so I omitted them and we didn't miss them. It's such a versatile recipe. I will make this weekly!!! Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
It was just OK for me It was just ok for me I found that it didn' have much flavor but my husband really liked it. I didn't have sun-dried tomatoes so I used drained canned tomatoes which made the sauce a little runny. I also didn't have majoram and used dried rosemary instead. Added lots more garlic as others had noted also should have doubles the sauce but didn't. It also took my chicken longer to cook through than described I will do as another poster suggested and put my chicken back into the pan with the orzo and sauce. That would be my only complaint the chicken didn't have much flavor on its on. If I try this again I will get fresh majoram and sundried tomatoes. Pros: pretty easy to make Cons: not much flavor Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Not bad not great This meal was ok. I substituted spinach for the artichokes and part-skim mozzarella for the romano. It was a decent easy to make weeknight meal. This is a "pantry" dish for sure. And tho I may make it again I am in no rush to do so. (If I do make it again tho it needs more tomatoes because the sauce was just not enough.) Pros: Satisfying Cons: Boring Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
SO GOOD! This is so good! I just finished my plate and I want more. I didn't have any artichokes so I left them out. I can only ever find sun-dried tomatoes packed in oil so I did what a previous reviewer did and used the oil for my cooking. I also took everyone's advice and made extra sauce. I'd previously had a bad Orzo experience so this time I followed the directions exactly on the box and it turned out great. It was delicious especially the zap that the red wine vinegar adds. I can't wait to have more of this! Pros: the vinegar flavor easy short cooking time Cons: None that I can think of Read More
Rating: 3 stars
10/29/2011
Too much marjoram I made this recipe based on the many positive reviews and as others suggested I doubled the sauce. The dish came out fine but I found that the fresh marjoram I used overpowered all the other flavors. Instead of sprinkling on marjoram at the end I would substitute for flat-leaf parsley if you have it or leave off all-together. Probably would not make again. Pros: Easy to make Cons: Flavors don't blend Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Great without changes I did not double the sauce or halve the pasta and thought it was great with the sauce lightly applied. Some may consider it dry but this is how I was served pasta in Rome. A very satifying dish. Pros: Rich and flavorful Cons: Pricey ingredients Read More
Rating: 1 stars
10/29/2011
Would not make again The "sauce" was not very good and I could not come up with a way to fix it. I am not sure if it was the sun dried tomatoes or what but it just did not taste good. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/29/2011
Lower carb adjustment This sounded really yummy but I don't eat pasta so I dropped the orzo and artichoke hearts and mixed the sauce with spagetti squash instead then topped it with the chicken and sauce. Everyone seemed to really like this lower carb alternative. Read More