Lemon-Olive Chicken with Orzo Recipe
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Lemon-Olive Chicken with Orzo Recipe

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This quick recipe is a healthy all-in-one meal. I just add a tossed salad for a menu the entire family loves! —Nancy Brown, Dahinda, Illinois
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken thighs (about 1 pound)
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2/3 cup uncooked whole wheat orzo pasta
  • 1/2 medium lemon, cut into 4 wedges
  • 1/2 cup pitted Greek olives, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 345 calories, 17g fat (3g saturated fat), 76mg cholesterol, 636mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 5g fiber), 26g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 2 fat, 1 starch.


  1. In a large nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Brown chicken on both sides; remove from pan.
  2. Add broth to skillet; increase heat to medium-high. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring to loosen browned bits from pan. Stir in remaining ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Return chicken to pan. Cook, covered, 5-8 minutes or until pasta is tender and a thermometer inserted in chicken reads 170°. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Lemon-Olive Chicken with Orzo in Healthy Cooking October/November 2011, p51

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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GoodyQueen User ID: 6208519 241955
Reviewed Jan. 17, 2016

"This is very fast and easy to prepare. I think the orzo sucks up a lot of lemon flavor, almost too much, so next time I plan to leave out the extra tablespoon of lemon juice and just put the lemons in."

valdater User ID: 5632060 240287
Reviewed Dec. 26, 2015

"Bitter taste others complain about is because of using Greek olives. Try regular black olives of Kalamata olives"

Gramtowich User ID: 8314983 235447
Reviewed Oct. 22, 2015

"I hate when people change the recipe and then critique it. But I just did the same! I only had regular black olives and regular orzo. Otherwise followed the recipe to the letter. This is a good meal. I'll make it again."

browns19fan User ID: 919833 234055
Reviewed Oct. 5, 2015

"Yuck. Very salty and bitter. I can only blame the olives (I used the canned variety). Since this dish has so much potential, I'll give it another try. I'll either add the olives right before serving or omit them altogether. I'll amend my review if that does the trick."

rmbarr059 User ID: 4046105 232968
Reviewed Sep. 15, 2015

"Good flavor--my husband said it's his new favorite and wants me to make it again! Pretty simple too--I had to replace the lemon with additional lemon juice since I didn't have a lemon on hand but that was the only change. I substituted 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice for the half of lemon the recipe called for."

SanityBreak202 User ID: 2886293 196598
Reviewed Jan. 22, 2014

"Don't know what I did wrong but this was aweful! Weird bitter taste. I think it was cooking the lemon in with it. Or the weird tasting olives. Maybe I got the wrong kind of greek olives."

ddilella User ID: 1205152 198210
Reviewed Nov. 15, 2013

"I made this last week when a friend came over for dinner. She loved it so much I made it again this week but I tripled the batch because she brought her whole family with her. They loved it as well. It is very simple and easy to make and very delicious."

katsjob User ID: 6050673 183427
Reviewed Aug. 12, 2013

"I made this dish for a recent camping trip and my family loved it!! It was easy to make and tasted great!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 77962 196952
Reviewed Apr. 20, 2013

"This is simple, lemony, and delicious! My kids loved it. I substituted capers for olives, which not everyone liked, but the overall dish was a hit. It doesn't make a whole lot, though, so if you have a large family or big eaters you'll need to accompany it with some other stuff."

nbeckman User ID: 138091 125646
Reviewed Apr. 17, 2013

"We LOVE Greek food and this recipe had us shouting "OPA"!

I used skinned, bone-in chicken thighs, and doubled the recipe for my family of four (I'm no fool - I know good stuff when I see it!)
Salad of spring greens with feta, red bell pepper and cucumber in a light vinaigrette rounded out a delightful dinner. Thanks so much for sharing!"

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