Greek Baked Chicken Orzo (Recipe)

Feb 15, 2021

Greek Baked Chicken Orzo (Recipe)


For chicken

✅ 2 tsp dried oregano

✅ 1 tsp all-natural sweet paprika

✅ 1 tsp all-natural coriander

✅ 1 tsp each kosher salt and black pepper

✅ 1.5 lb boneless, skinless chicken thighs
✅ ½ lemon, juice of

✅ Extra virgin olive oil

For orzo

✅ Extra virgin olive oil

✅ 1 Green bell pepper, cored and sliced into rounds

✅ 2 cups chopped yellow onion

✅ 1 red bell pepper, cored and chopped

✅ 6 garlic cloves, chopped

✅ 2 cups canned peeled plum tomatoes

✅ 2 cups chicken broth

✅ 1 tsp dried oregano

✅ 1 tsp sweet paprika

✅ Kosher salt and black pepper

✅ 2 cups dry uncooked orzo pasta (or whole grain orzo if you have it)


1️⃣ Heat oven to 350 degrees F.

2️⃣ In a small bowl, combine spices (oregano, paprika, coriander, salt and pepper.) Pat chicken dry, and season well with the spices (use clean hands to coat chicken with spices). Place seasoned chicken in a large bowl and add lemon juice. Set aside for 20 minutes or so while you prepare the remaining ingredients.

3️⃣ When ready, in a 5-quart Dutch oven or a large oven-safe pot, heat 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil over medium-high until shimmering but not smoking.

4️⃣ Add chicken and brown the chicken on both sides (about 8 to 10 minutes). Remove chicken pieces to a plate for now.

5️⃣ In the same pot, add green bell pepper slices and sear on either side. Remove and place with the chicken for now.

6️⃣ If needed, add another tbsp extra virgin olive oil. Add chopped onions and red peppers, cook for 5 minutes, stirring regularly, until soft. Add garlic, and cook another 30 seconds, then, add plum tomatoes, broth, spices, and a dash of kosher salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then add the orzo pasta.

7️⃣ Nestle the chicken pieces, and top with the green bell pepper slices.

8️⃣ Transfer the pot to heated oven. Bake, uncovered, for 20 minutes or so. Remove from oven, cover and let sit 5 minutes undisturbed (orzo will absorb any juices.)

9️⃣ Before serving, drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil, and garnish with fresh parsley and feta, if you like. To serve, consider adding a side of this easy Mediterranean salad


Servings : 6
Ready in : 40 Minutes
Course : Dinner, Lunch, Main Dish

Calories: 399kcal

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