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My Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake is the perfect hearty weeknight meal or a beautiful dish for a special occasion. Chicken breasts are mixed with vegetables, warm spices, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, lemon juice and farro. This comforting one pot meal is filling, healthy and packed with delicious warm flavors the whole family will enjoy. 

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake with a gold spoon

SUN-DRIED TOMATO FARRO CHICKEN BAKE

We all lack a little energy after the holidays thanks to the cold weather and fewer hours of sunlight, so when it comes time for dinner, people want their meals to be effortless and comforting.

Today’s Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake is the perfect meal to warm you up, give you energy and the nutrients you need during those cold months. 

If you haven’t tried farro you should! It is a healthy grain that has a chewy, hearty texture. I use it in this Mediterranean Farro Salad, Easy Farro SaladSmoky Kale Chickpea Farro Soup and thisFarro Roasted Beet Arugula Salad.

Warm, one-pan meals are a great way to satisfy this need, and we love that this Easy Chicken Bake recipe is a winter-inspired one-pan spin on traditional chicken and rice.

You will love the moist Boneless skinless chicken breasts which I have rubbed with a mixture of olive oil, oregano and paprika.

The chicken is then paired with the earthy farro which is a delicious and versatile grain that soaks up all the flavors in this easy chicken bake recipe.

The savory sun-dried tomatoes and kalamata olives, spinach are baked until all of the flavors meld together. If the olives aren’t your favorite you can easily leave those out and this dish would be just as good! 

Top this dish with crumbled feta cheese, fresh dill and parsley and serve alongside crusty bread to soak up all of the delicious juices. 

I have also tried goat cheese with this dish instead of feta and it was really good so feel free to swap that out if you like. 

This recipe is the perfect low-effort, family friendly meal that will keep bellies warm and full all evening.

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake ingredients.

SUN-DRIED TOMATO FARRO CHICKEN BAKE INGREDIENTS

CHICKEN: I used 1 pound of boneless, skinless chicken breasts. Feel free to use your favorite cut of chicken.

VINEGAR: This dish is flavored with a savory, rich balsamic vinegar. I love the flavor it adds. You also can drizzle a balsamic glaze over the finished dish. It adds a beautiful look to the recipe.

HERBS: I used a mixture of oregano, paprika along with and fresh minced garlic in this chicken bake. Then add a garnish of fresh dill and parsley just before serving.

VEGETABLES: I used red onion in this dish but sweet onion or shallot works great. I also added spinach but kale, arugula or any greens works nicely. 

GRAIN: Farro is a great tasting , healthy grain! I added 1 cup of uncooked farro which cooks in the chicken broth.

TOMATO: The sun-dried tomatoes are drained and sliced before being added to this dish. If they aren’t your favorite you can do diced or fresh tomatoes. 

OLIVES: Any variety of olive can work in this dish, however I like pitted kalamata olives.

LEMON: Both lemon juice and lemon slices are added to the dish.

CHEESE: This dish usesfeta cheese is crumbled and added to the dish, then just before serving I like to add some extra feta cheese for garnish.

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake in a white bowl.

HOW TO MAKE THIS CHICKEN BAKE

FLAVOR THE CHICKEN. Start by preheating the oven to 400 degrees F.

In a large mixing bowl place the chicken breasts. In a small bowl combine the 1/4 cup olive oil, balsamic, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper and whisk to mix well.

Now pour the olive oil mixture over the chicken breasts and use your hands to work all that flavor into the chicken breasts.

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake chicken with spices.

SAUTE THE CHICKEN. Place a dutch oven or large skillet on the stove over a medium heat.

Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pot, then add the chicken and brown on both sides for about 3-4 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.

ADD THE REMAINING INGREDIENTS.  In the same dutch oven, add the farro and the broth.

In the same dutch oven add the farro and the broth. Add in the garlic, red onion, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and the chicken breasts on top.

Add the juice of 1/2 of a lemon and lemon slices {the lemon slices are optional}. Sprinkle feta cheese over the chicken.

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake chicken in a skillet.

BAKE THE CHICKEN. Now place the dutch oven or large oven safe skillet into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the farro is soft.

FINISH & SERVE. When the chicken has cooked, and you are ready to serve, garnish with the feta cheese, fresh parsley and dill.

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake with feta.

CAN YOU COOK WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATOES?

Yes, absolutely. Sun-dried tomatoes have a great intense and concentrated tomato flavor so make a great addition to many dishes. I used them in these Sun-dried Tomato Goat Cheese Stuffed Chicken Breasts, Pesto Pasta with Green Beans and Sun-dried Tomatoes, and this Mozzarella Chicken Pasta with Sun-dried Tomatoes.

I like to use sun-dried tomatoes that are packed in oil, then I drain them and add them to a whole range of dishes, including this chicken bake recipe.

If using dried sun-dried tomatoes, they will need to be re-hydrated. Pop them into some warm water and set aside until they plump up. However, there is not need to do that in this recipe as the chicken broth will re-hydrate the tomatoes during the cook.

WHAT CAN I DO WITH A JAR OF SUN-DRIED TOMATOES?

Sun-dried tomatoes are a really versatile ingredients. Add them to salads, soups, pasta dishes, pasta bakes or in meat and fish based stews. They are also delicious added to baked goods, like bread and bread rolls. 

HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP SUN-DRIED TOMATOES IN OIL ONCE OPENED?

Once the jar has been opened, sub-dried tomatoes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 6 months after opening. Just ensure that the tomatoes are covered in olive oil at all times, and add a little more to the jar if necessary.

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake in a skillet.

RECIPE TIPS & MODIFICATIONS

  • CHICKEN: You can easily modify this dish by using chicken thighs, whole chicken legs, or chicken drumsticks. Just adjust the cooking times to suit the cut.
  • VEGGIES: Add extra vegetables to this dish, for example bell peppers, eggplant, zucchini, or butternut squash.
  • FEEDING A CROWD: This recipe serves 4, but you can double this recipe to feed larger numbers.
  • HOW TO STORE LEFTOVERS: Once cooked and cooled, leftover chicken can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • HOW TO FREEZE: Once cooked and cooled, place into an airtight container and store in the freezer for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the refrigerator then you can heat it up at 300 degrees F until warmed through. 

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake with a fork.

WHAT SIDES GO WITH SUN-DRIED TOMATO CHICKEN BAKE

I always serve this easy chicken dish with a side of crusty bread to mop up all those delicious cooking juices.

Salads appear on my dinner table most days, I love to rotate between this Mediterranean Farro SaladSummer Orzo Pasta SaladMediterranean Bean SaladMediterranean Eggplant Salad and this Easy Lebanese Salad

If you like to pair vegetable side dishes with chicken you should try these Lebanese Green BeansBrussels Sprouts with Cranberries or these Mediterranean Roasted Vegetables. 

TRY SOME OF MY FAVORITE CHICKEN RECIPES

CROCKPOT APPLE CHICKEN BREAST

BAKED CHICKEN MEATBALLS

INSTANT POT CHICKEN BREAST

BAKED RANCH CHICKEN THIGHS

OVEN BAKED CHICKEN THIGHS WITH RISOTTO

MOROCCAN CHICKEN THIGHS 

GREEK MARINATED CHICKEN

HEALTHY CHICKEN FINGERS 

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake with logo.

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake with a gold spoon

Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes

My Sun-dried Tomato Farro Chicken Bake is the perfect hearty weeknight meal or a beautiful dish for a special occasion. Chicken breasts are mixed with vegetables, warm spices, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, lemon juice and farro. This comforting one pot meal is filling, healthy and packed with delicious warm flavors the whole family will enjoy. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil + 2 tbsps. olive oil, divided
  • 2 tbsps. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tsps. oregano
  • 2 tsps. paprika
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
  • 1 cup uncooked farro, rinsed and drained
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup red onion, diced
  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 3/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, drained and sliced
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • juice of 1/2 of a lemon plus 4 lemon slices
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled {extra feta cheese for garnish}
  • Extra feta cheese for garnish
  • Fresh dill and parsley for garnish

Instructions

    1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.
      In a large mixing bowl place the chicken breasts.
    2. In a small bowl combine the 1/4 cup olive oil, balsamic, paprika, oregano, salt and pepper and whisk to mix well.
    3. Pour the olive oil mixture over the chicken breasts and use your hands to work it into the chicken breasts.
    4. In a dutch oven or large skillet heat the remaining 2 tbsps. olive oil over medium high heat. Add the chicken and brown both sides for about 3-4 minutes. Remove the chicken and set aside.
    5. In the same dutch oven add the farro and the broth. Add in the garlic, red onion, spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and the chicken breasts on top.
    6. Add the juice of 1/2 of a lemon and lemon slices {the lemon slices are optional}. Sprinkle feta cheese over the chicken.
    7. Place the dutch oven or large oven safe skillet into the oven and bake for 25 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through and the farro is soft.
    8. Taste and add more salt and pepper as needed.
    9. Garnish with the feta cheese, fresh parsley and dill.

Notes

I like to add the chicken on top of the other ingredients because I think it cooks more evenly that way.

With the lemon you do not have to add the lemon slices or you can add them after cooking to add color to the dish.

I used fresh dill to garnish but if you really like dill you coud add 1 or 2 tsps. into the dish before cooking.

Beans would be a nice addition to this dish- try chickpeas or white beans.

Today’s post is sponsored by Heinen’s. As always, opinions are 100% my own. 

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Sue

Monday 30th of January 2023

The recipe had so many of my favorite ingredients, I was positive this would become a new favorite. However, the instructions were so confusing that I'm not sure if I'll keep it without changes.

First: - Typically, ingredients are listed in the order in which they are used. The ingredient list has red onion, garlic and fresh dill listed before the salt and pepper (which are part of the rub). - Does that mean the onion, garlic and dill should be part of the mixture rubbed into the chicken? Or added into the Dutch oven with the chicken? - After removing the chicken from the pot, should the drippings be drained before adding the broth and farro? - What is the order of ingredients when reassembling before baking? The instructions list chicken first, but all images show chicken on top of other ingredients. - Is the Dutch oven covered in the oven, or uncovered?

After following the recipe, I initially put the Dutch in the oven, covered, and 25 minutes later, the farro is nowhere near done and the spinach is soggy. Back in the oven, uncovered, for another 10 minutes. That worked!

Final thoughts: the flavor was good. Could be better. Next time I will: Double the amount of spinach, olives and sun dried tomatoes Add juice of 1/2 of a lemon to the chicken rub. It needs more acid. Omit the lemon slices Double the amount of onion, and saute the onion, garlic and dill with the chicken After removing the chicken, add broth and farro to the pot (no draining) Add more salt and pepper with the stock and farro

Layer as follows: - Remove chicken - Add broth and farro on top of onion, garlic and dill -Then layer spinach, sun-dried tomatoes, olives, a bit more lemon juice and feta cheese - Top with chicken and feta.

Bake 25 minutes or so, until farro is al dented and chicken is done

Thoughts????

Julia

Tuesday 31st of January 2023

I am not sure why the ingredients weren't listed in the instructions in order. Sorry about that. I changed the instructions so hopefully they are easier to read. It honestly won't effect the dish if you add the chicken first or last but I do think it is better when added on top of the other ingredients. As far as the lemon and the salt and pepper I always suggest you go with your tastes and add more after cooking. I try to watch my salt that I add to recipes but you could definitely add salt and pepper to the farro/broth and also the lemon juice is a great idea in the rub. Thanks for your suggestions!

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