Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo Recipe

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This mouthwatering Mediterranean dish is the perfect recipe for large dinner parties. I get rave reviews every time I serve it. —Allyson Fertig, Austin, Texas
Recommended: 38 Greek-Style Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES:6 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Cook: 20 min.
MAKES: 6 servings


  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breast halves (6 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons dried basil, divided
  • 2 teaspoons dried rosemary, crushed, divided
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons garlic salt, divided
  • 1-1/2 cups uncooked orzo pasta
  • 6-1/2 ounces fresh baby spinach (about 8 cups)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 large tomatoes, seeded and chopped
  • 1-1/4 cups shredded Asiago cheese, divided
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup pine nuts


  1. Preheat oven to 350°. Pound chicken breasts with a meat mallet to 1/2-in. thickness. Place in a greased 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Mix 1 teaspoon basil, 1 teaspoon rosemary and 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt; sprinkle over chicken. Bake, uncovered, 18-20 minutes or until a thermometer reads 165°. Cut chicken into thin strips.
  2. Meanwhile, in a 6-qt. stockpot, cook orzo according to package directions, adding spinach during the last minute of cooking. Drain and return to pan. In a small bowl, whisk oil, mustard, oregano and remaining basil, rosemary and garlic salt; add to orzo. Add tomatoes, 1 cup Asiago cheese, feta cheese, pine nuts and chicken; toss to combine. Sprinkle with remaining Asiago cheese. Yield: 6 servings.
Originally published as Mediterranean Chicken and Orzo in Taste of Home's Holiday & Celebrations Cookbook Annual 2016, p20

Light-Bodied White Wine

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

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