Greek Orzo Chicken Recipe

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Take your first bite and you’ll be on a dinner-table tour of the sunny Greek Isles. Sprinkle lemon zest on top to give it a little extra flair.
Recommended: 38 Greek-Style Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 5-1/2 hours
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 6 bone-in chicken thighs, (about 2-1/4 pounds), skin removed
  • 1 cup sliced fresh carrots
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/2 cup sliced pitted green olives
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

Nutritional Facts

1 chicken thigh with 1/2 cup orzo mixture: 391 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 93mg cholesterol, 783mg sodium, 35g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 2g fiber), 31g protein.


  1. In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the chicken, carrots, broth, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and salt. Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or until chicken is tender.
  2. Stir in the orzo, olives and raisins. Cover and cook 30 minutes longer or until pasta is tender. Sprinkle with parsley and feta cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Greek Orzo Chicken in Taste of Home Everyday Slow Cooker & One Dish Recipes Annual 2012, p30

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Christie User ID: 9062323 260653
Reviewed Feb. 1, 2017 Edited Feb. 2, 2017

"Great recipe - i seasoned the thighs with salt and pepper before putting them into the slow cooker - if i had time i would have grilled or browned them a bit. I also added a teaspoon of chili flakes for a kick. I prefer to toast orzo in a bit of EVOO just to brown it - brings out a nutty flavour. Great recipe that I'll make again for sure!"

rocklandmom User ID: 638920 233914
Reviewed Oct. 3, 2015

"Delicious. This is a recipe that we will make again."

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